Author Archives: Philip Yancey

Oddballs, Defectives, Sinners, Aliens, Gentiles… and Grace

Oddballs, Defectives, Sinners, Aliens, Gentiles… and Grace

Before writing The Jesus I Never Knew, I spent several months researching the background to Jesus’ life. I learned to appreciate the ordered world of first-century Judaism. I admit that the ranking of people rankled my American sensibilities — it seemed a formal pattern of ungrace, a religious caste system — but at least the

The New Math of Grace

When a column of mine titled “The Atrocious Mathematics of the Gospel” appeared in Christianity Today magazine, I soon learned that not everyone appreciates satire. Response letters scorched the inside of my mailbox. “Philip Yancey, you do not walk with God or with Jesus!” wrote one irate reader; “This column is blasphemy.” Another condemned my

Why Is the Church Failing the Millennials?

Last week, the CNN website led with this headline: Millennials Leaving Church in Droves, Study Finds. “We’ve known that the religiously unaffiliated has been growing for decades,” said the lead researcher on the new Pew Research Center report. “But the pace at which they’ve continued to grow is really astounding.” Why the sudden shift?  And

Vanishing Grace: Jesus Is Our Model of Grace

Jesus spoke several times concerning how people would feel about Christians because of our relationship with Him. Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. – Luke 6:22 The questions we must ask ourselves are, “Are we being

Creative Art: A Compelling Path to Faith

Much as I admire activists, I am not one. Most days I sit alone in my home office staring at a computer screen while pressing plastic keys that make an insect-click sound. This used to bother me. I once wrote an article titled “They Also Serve Who Only Sit and Click,” comparing my routine with

Uneasy Partners: Christians and Politics

The media often use “right-wing” as an adjective inseparably connected with evangelicals. James Davison Hunter says, “It is possible to argue that at the same time the Christian Right acquired and exercised its greatest power — culminating in the 2004 presidential election — this movement also generated greater hostility toward the Christian faith than ever

Reclaiming the Good News

When I was in high school my church youth group watched a movie about a boy who knew he should tell his best friend about his faith. He kept putting off the conversation until suddenly it was too late: the friend died in a fiery auto accident, its flames a preview of what awaited him

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Where is God When it Hurts?

News editors had already selected the top news story of 2012, with President Barack Obama’s reelection polling the most votes. But after the December tragedy at Sandy Hook all other news seemed somehow insignificant. For the first time ever the Associated Press re-voted, now naming the saddest event of the year as the most important.

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