When I was in sixth grade, I participated in a debate in which I attempted to convince my fellow classmates that we never landed on the moon.

It was the first time I used the Internet to research, and my partner and I found a treasure trove of information. We…


Internal documents recently leaked to MIT Technology Review revealed that 19 of the top 20 Facebook pages for Christians are run by foreign troll farms operating primarily out of Kosovo and Macedonia.

For those unaware, “troll farms” are “professionalized groups that work in a coordinated fashion to post provocative content…


In November 2004, Kevin Malarkey and his six-year-old son, Alex, were involved in a car accident on their drive home from church.

While Kevin emerged from the collision unscathed, the force of the impact wrenched the six-year-old child’s skull from his spinal column, resulting in what doctors refer to as…


If you were compiling a “Greatest Hits” album of Jesus stories, the Parable of the Prodigal Son would definitely make the cut.

During his three year ministry, Jesus told many parables, or short stories. Parables were a popular form of storytelling and preaching in Jesus’s day.

Most modern religious writing…


The lead-up to our wedding felt appropriately chaotic.

Two days before we were slated to tie the knot, a “once-in-a-century” storm blew in and flooded the quaint forest wedding venue we had chosen to get married at before we were even engaged.

The rain fell in thick torrents all day…


Here it goes again.

You’re at home, or work, or out with friends.

And then someone,
a family member,
co-worker,
an acquaintance,
makes a comment about a current event or a particular social issue.

Maybe it’s intolerant, ill-informed, hopelessly biased, or downright degrading,
but nonetheless, you can’t let it go. So…


The story of Noah’s Ark and the Great Flood has long cast a spell on the public imagination.

The Biblical account of Noah’s Ark has inspired multiple archeological attempts to “recover” the wreckage of the ark across various mountaintops in the Middle East and a $100 million “biblically-accurate replica” that serves as a tourist attraction in Williamstown, Kentucky.

And in 2014, filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (of and…


The guest speaker stands behind the podium.
A clear pitcher of water sits on a stool at his side.

Our youth group listens with rapt attention.
The guest speaker is talking about sex.

He invites three boys to the front and tells them to spit into the water pitcher.
Like,


In an instant, millions of people around the world vanish into thin air.

Planes plummet out of the sky. Vehicles, suddenly unmanned, careen out of control. The catastrophic event hurls the world into a state of chaos, anarchy, and panic.

Is this the opening salvo of an alien invasion? A…


A long time ago, I used to believe that most of the world’s problems could be solved if more people became Christians.

A long time ago, I used to believe that most of the world’s problems could be solved if more people became Christians.

If only more people prayed, read their Bibles, sang worship songs, and accepted Jesus into their hearts, then all our nation’s anger, strife, immorality, violence, and racial division would subside or (at the very least) become more manageable.

More Christians, fewer problems. The world was clearly sick, and we alone…

Joe Forrest

Joe Forrest writes on the intersection of faith, culture, secularism, and politics.

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