Ruth Malhotra

CP Op-Ed Contributor

Happy Birthday, Dr. Stanley: Why I'm Thankful For My Pastor

In that moment I was reminded of how First Baptist Atlanta has been more than just my church for the past 30 years. It is indeed my family. And Dr. Stanley has been more than just the pastor. He has been my pastor. Today, as he turns 82 years old, Dr. Stanley remains like a grandfather in the faith to me and countless others who have been personally shaped by his ministry over the years.

The Gift of Reality: A Mother's Day Reflection

Over the years my mom has taught me countless lessons, and I could talk endlessly about her impact on my life spiritually and scholastically and everything in between… she has modeled what it means to cultivate generosity, to embrace academic discipline, and to develop a biblical worldview, to name just a few of the ways her example has inspired my trajectory.

Over 70,000 Attend Easter Services at North Point Ministries; 30,000 Watch Online

Over 70,000 people attended an Easter service at one of North Point Ministries' eight church locations in the Atlanta area, with an additional 32,000 watching a service online from April 19 to 20. These results, unprecedented for North Point, were largely driven by their "Easter With Us" campaign, a coordinated effort involving each of the church campuses and regional partners in Georgia as well as the television and internet programming initiatives.

Over 20,000 Students Attend Passion 2014 Conference in Atlanta

The Passion 2014 Atlanta Conference kicked off at Philips Arena in Atlanta Friday with over 20,000 university students attending the two-day event from around the world. Students from over 1,200 universities and 33 countries attended this year's Passion conference in Atlanta. This is the first of Passion's two large-scale gatherings this year in North America for 18-25 year olds. Passion 2014 Houston will be held on February 14-15 at the Toyota Center.

Atlanta Megachurch Pastor Andy Stanley 'Uncomfortably Bold' on Confronting Christians About Wealth, Generosity

Stanley is convinced that the biggest challenge facing rich people is that they have lost their ability to recognize that they are indeed rich, a point he has been known to be "uncomfortably bold" about emphasizing to his congregation which averages over 33,000 people weekly. "No matter where you stand on the economy, we live in the richest time of the richest nation in history," he adds. "I wrote this book to help rich people get better at being rich. It is a general call to greater generosity and recognition of how much we all have."

Joy to the World: A Christmas Reflection on Darkness and Light

The auditorium was filled to capacity, the stage was set with brightly colored lights and creative props, and the music was loud and animated – all typical aspects of a contemporary worship service, yet features that still catch my attention on occasion as someone raised in a more traditional church environment.

The Day I Grew Up: A Reflection On Faith and Family

Twenty-three years ago today, I was a young child sitting in church when my mom suddenly told me to call an usher. Here is what happened the day I almost lost my mom and brother… and how that traumatic experience still impacts my perspective and priorities.

Why Siblings Are Worth Celebrating

Did you realize that Wednesday, April 10, was "National Siblings Day?" Chances are you haven't heard much about the occasion because it is not widely recognized, although it should be!

Hosanna in Hindustan: A Palm Sunday Reflection

It was a warm spring weekend in March 2010, and I was in the middle of an adventurous trip to rural east India. I decided to visit a local church in Ranchi, Jharkhand that Sunday, but was told that there probably wouldn't be many people gathering in the morning and it might not be safe to venture out alone.