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Tribal Technology

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The evolution of Apple technology has far-reaching consequences—more than deciding the type of device used to play music on your morning run. Tech blogger John Dyer explores how Steve Jobs has accidentally empowered the persecuted church.

Divine Art

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At a time when our public discourse has come to be dominated by warring factions with little regard for truth, author and editor Gregory Wolfe tells why we should draw nourishment from the deepest sources of culture: art and religious faith.

Review: Captain America: The First Avenger

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Superhero movies dominate the summer blockbuster schedule. But which caped crusader upholds the biblical principles in the Sermon on the Mount? Editor and film critic Josh Larsen looks at the appeal of superheroes, and gives his nomination for most biblical superhero story.

The Strong Force

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The particles making up the atom are some of the smallest in the universe—and they are held together by an invisible force. Writer Sarah Thebarge explores the connection between the building blocks of the universe and Colossians 1:17.

Review: Super 8

Review: Super 8

It’s surprising what we can learn about spirituality from Super 8. Josh Larsen says that this makes Super 8 completely different than other summer blockbusters. In his review, he explains why.

3 Ways to Maintain Community While Traveling

3 Ways to Maintain Community While Traveling

Blood:Water Mission’s Africa Field Manager, Pamela Crane, travels frequently between Africa and North America. In this article, she explores some of the best methods for maintaining connection to your home community while living life on the road.

About Us

About Us

Raysd engages our global culture from a biblical perspective—encouraging us to live for Christ with hands, hearts, and eyes raised in service, in worship, and in joyful expectation. He was raised, and we, through faith, are raised with Him (Colossians 2:12).

Review: Seven Swans Reimagined

Review: Seven Swans Reimagined

Earlier this year, On Joyful Wings released a compilation cover album of Sufjan Steven’s 2004 record Seven Swans Reimagined. Our reviewer takes a closer look at one of the best albums of the year—and one you may have missed.

The 4 Worst Portrayals of Christianity in Film

4 Worst Portrayals of Christianity in Film

Christianity takes frequent blows in storytelling. Christians are often portrayed as weak, blind, or bigoted, and God is often seen as arbitrary, mean-spirited, or ineffective. In this article we review some of Hollywood’s worst portrayals of Christianity.

Review: Practicing the Way of Jesus

Review: Practicing the Way of Jesus

Mark Scandrette is the director of ReIMAGINE, a collective that focuses on spiritual formation, community building, the arts, and social action. Our reviewer looks at Scandrette’s new book, Practicing the Way of Jesus: Life Together in the Kingdom of Love.

Wordplay in Jonah

Wordplay in Jonah

Did biblical writers include jokes in the text? How does understanding a literary device affect how we read the Bible? Bible Study Magazine columnist Eli Evans takes a look at some of the highlights in the book of Jonah.

Editor’s Picks

Editor's Picks

Summer is winding down, but there’s still time to tackle a few books before your fall schedule closes in around you. Grab a blanket, your flip-flops, your favorite e-reader, and head out to a park to enjoy the last of summer.

Review: The Harrow & The Harvest

Review: The Harrow & The Harvest

Gillian Welch, the darling of the bluegrass music scene, has released her first album in eight years. Was it worth the wait? Our reviewer looks at the longing for redemption expressed in The Harrow & The Harvest.

The Waiting Game

The Waiting Game

You’d expect a high amount of culture shock when a family moves from a developed, western country to another culture, but what about the emotional adjustment that takes place before you even leave home? A new missionary gives her perspective.

Jesus Learned from Earthlings?

Jesus Learned from Earthlings?

It is difficult to picture Jesus as a child. Did He interact with peers? Did a child who is both fully God and fully human need instruction from parents and teachers? John D. Barry visits a church father’s writings for answers.

Reaching the City

Reaching the City

With more and more of the world’s population moving to urban centers, pastors and church planters are seeking new ways to reach city dwellers. New York City pastor Jon Tyson talks about his method: the City Parish Model.