Lynne Hybels

Lynne Hybels, co-founder of Willow Creek Community Church in Illinois, is author of Nice Girls Don’t Change the World and a columnist for Sojourners magazine.

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Gathering Around the Peace Table

by Lynne Hybels 09-01-2012

"We've been caught up in conflict and violence for so long." —Congolese pastor

Fighting the Real Enemy: Fear

by Lynne Hybels 07-01-2012

"That's just like my mom, to send me a message through a Jewish woman!"

Stunned and Hopeful

by Lynne Hybels 06-01-2012

Few people I know believe peace in the Holy Land is really possible—unless it begins with Israeli and Palestinian Christians.

The Common Bond of Blood

by Lynne Hybels 03-01-2012

"Do you invest it in revenge, or do you think creatively?”

Gratitude for the 'Better Men'

by Lynne Hybels 01-01-2012

I'm grateful to the men who use their power, money, and influence on behalf of women.

Lynne Hybels answers, "What is an Evangelical?"

by Lynne Hybels 10-07-2011
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Increasingly, in meetings focused on a wide variety of human tragedies, I hear these words: "What are you doing here? I didn't think evangelicals cared about these things."

I understand those comments. I grew up in a form of Christianity in which "saving souls" was pretty much all that mattered. The God I discovered in that church was a harsh, demanding tyrant; I knew that if I wanted to earn God's love I would have to be very good, follow all the rules, and work very hard. As a devout adolescent I did that. As a young pastor's wife I did that.

Unfortunately, I worked a little too hard and eventually became utterly exhausted, seriously depressed, and physically sick. That plunged me into a total life crisis in which I felt compelled to give up the God of my childhood.

Fortunately, a wise friend said to me, "For a while, forget everything you've ever thought about Christianity; forget the Old Testament; forget Paul and the epistles-and just read Jesus."

So for months -- for years actually -- I just read Jesus. And slowly but surely, Jesus reshaped my understanding of what it meant to be a Christian.

'We Are All One'

by Lynne Hybels 08-01-2011

Around the world, religious freedom is under threat -- but people of faith continue to reach across divides.

'Please Welcome Them'

by Lynne Hybels 06-15-2011

There is a light in me now, and it is taking over the darkness.

My Search for the Truth About the Middle East

by Lynne Hybels 06-14-2011
In 2008, as I heard the increasing public rhetoric of hostility emanating from the Middle East, I found myself wondering what Jesus would say and do if he were here in the flesh today.

Love Wins

by Lynne Hybels 06-06-2011

No, I am not submitting a belated entry into the heated conversation about Rob Bell's latest book.

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