This post was originally published on this siteAbu Hurairah narrated that: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “A woman may not fast a day – other than in the month of Ramadan – while her husband is present, except with his permission.” (Jami` at-Tirmidhi, Vol. 2, Book 8, Hadith 101)

This post was originally published on this siteAt a time when evangelicals feel culturally embattled, it seems we’ve lost our ability to laugh. When 50 Shades of Grey took over the world last year, it spawned so much Christian outrage that I took to satire and wrote a piece called “A Modest Proposal: 50 Shades of Grey in Every Classroom.” In it, I commended the author for successfully ignoring ISIS

This post was originally published on this siteWe are bruised from failed foreign wars, and six other hard truths about America this July 4th.

This post was originally published on this siteHow do we know that we are pleasing God in all that we do? Who will be our next president? It’s a question that is on everyone’s mind. In light of the upcoming presidential election, economic questions like, “Should we trade with China?” or “How do we pay for our debt?” are swirling in the minds of Americans. Questions like these are important,

This post was originally published on this siteThe opportunity for biting social critique gets swept away in a torrent of bloody destruction. Few, if any, of CT‘s readers probably ought to see (or bother seeing) The Purge: Election Year. Like its predecessors (The Purge and The Purge: Anarchy), its world is drawn thinly in ways that don’t actually help the very interesting concept of the plot: that in an alternate

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This post was originally published on this siteFairy tales need real dragons. Roald Dahl weaves strange yarns for kids, mixing imagination and whimsy with a distinct strand of menace. The enduring popularity of his stories—Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was published in 1964!—depends on all those threads, menace included. What good is Matilda without the criminally neglectful parents or abusive Agatha Trunchbull? Or James and the Giant Peach without the

This post was originally published on this siteThe future of evangelicalism includes harsh realities for churches. The enduring question for the church is this: how do we fulfill the Great Commission in a rapidly changing world? We—the church of the West—receive no exception from the question. But it appears that despite our best efforts to keep up with the ever-morphing values and circumstances of Western cultures, the answer eludes us.

This post was originally published on this siteThe author of ‘Originals’ talks about how faith factors into our ideas and work. A psychology professor at Wharton Business School, Adam Grant probes motivations and inspirations to get at the heart of work. His research reveals unexpected glimpses of humanity and character, like how generosity can help leaders get ahead (his 2013 bestseller Give and Take) and how the rest of us

This post was originally published on this siteMeet the artists, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists using fresh ideas for common good. “The Christian shoemaker does his Christian duty not by putting little crosses on the shoes, but by making good shoes.” This pithy quote is usually attributed to Martin Luther, but in fact, scholars say he never said it. First, no Christian of Luther’s time would have thought to display his faith

This post was originally published on this siteA fast-food skeptic finds lessons on community in an unexpected place. I’ve blamed McDonald’s and fellow fast food joints for enabling Americans’ worst eating habits. They help us scarf down a meal in our cars, by ourselves, and in a hurry. Their cheap, greasy food steals away poor people’s paychecks, and their glowing signs interrupt our skylines. I worry that McDonald’s triumph has