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Everything You Think About the Afterlife Might be Wrong

If you grew up in church, there’s a good chance you were taught a pretty…

Peace In Our Time

A few years back, Saturday Night Live aired a sketch that became an instant classic.…

Father John Misty

“If Pure Comedy was available in Christian bookstores, Christians would f***ing love me.” When Josh…

The Spiritual Art of Simplifying Your Life

Five years ago, L.A. stylist Erin Loechner had a revelation. She was a rising internet…

LANY Has Arrived

Paul Klein is exhausted. After releasing four acclaimed EPs over the last two years, his band…

2017 TV Preview

For years, the prestige TV movement has helped the medium of serialized storytelling become pop…

A Real-Life Guide to Not Burning Out From Church

There’s a secret among certain Christian millennials: More than a few Sundays have passed, and…

The Waiting Game

Taylor is a 33-year-old working on her master’s in nutrition. She’s fielding several promising job…

A History of Violence

According to an ancient tale, there once was a prophet who lived in a city…

Climate Change Is an Issue of Life and Death

Ten years ago, An Inconvenient Truth debuted. The groundbreaking, Oscar-winning documentary showed the world the…

The Summer Luvin’ Guide

he best things about summer are the beautiful nights, a slew of fun movies on…

Augmented Reality Might Just Change the World

There’s a world around us few can see. It exists alongside our physical reality. It…

The Culture Roundtable

The first issue of RELEVANT debuted in March 2003 and included an article that said,…

The Life Roundtable

Every generation has struggled with what it means to live with intention. Timeless virtues like…

The Faith Roundtable

Since the beginning, RELEVANT has believed the future of the Church is bright—that God has…

The Surprising Way to Attack the American Food Desert Crisis

Imagine a neighborhood convenience store owner turning off the lights and locking the doors after…

The RELEVANT 2017 Summer Reading Guide

Our fast-paced, technology-driven culture has changed the nature of reading. We get our news from…

10 Summer Trips That Could Change Your Life

Are you traveling for work or leisure? You get asked this when filling out customs…

Death, Heartbreak & Hope

Levi Lusko sat on his couch in utter shock, his three young daughters tucked in…

The End Is Always Near for Damon Lindelof

Inside the church building, up front and just to the right of the pulpit, stands…

Rob Bell Is at It Again

A 19-year-old Rob Bell took off his Birkenstocks. He didn’t know a lot about the…

Hey Again, Brother

Let’s start by dispelling the obvious, understandable assumption: Tony Hale is not an awkward guy.…

This Isn’t The Same Lecrae

Leading up to the release of 2014’s Anomaly, Lecrae was on top of the world.…

Alt-J

Alt-J’s first single in three years comes in movements. Eschewing any verse-chorus-bridge-chorus structure, “3WW” enters…

The Great Divide

“Please block me. You are welcome. Signed, your mom.” That actual sentence—which preceded a long…

Cold War Kids

Six studio albums in, Nathan Willett has learned to live in the tension. The Cold…

Maggie Rogers

Most music, especially to people in the industry, seems familiar. That’s not necessarily bad, but…

The Crash of Pete Holmes

There’s a scene in the very first episode of the HBO comedy Crashing where the main…

Local Natives

“I want to start again.” The first line sang by Taylor Rice to open Local Natives’…

Electric Guest

Back in 2012, Electric Guest was riding the wave of indie success. The duo’s debut…

4 Decisions That Will Change Your Life

Many of our daily choices happen invisibly, almost by default—like what we eat for breakfast,…

Why Phantogram’s ‘Three’ Sounds So Deep

This record is about heartbreak,” says Sarah Barthel, the vocal half of Phantogram, referring to…

How Kirk Franklin Is Reviving Hip-Hop

“I’m trying to keep my faiiith,” sang out the soulful, whisper-like vocals of The-Dream. The…

2017 New Music Guide

Last year was all about long-held conventions crumbling—and the music industry was no different. From…

Martin Scorsese

“Maybe I’m naive,” he says. “All I know is I reacted that they were still…

Emotional Intelligence

If you’ve walked through the business and self-help sections of a bookstore lately, you’ve probably…

Empire State of Change

New York City churches tread the line between community center and place of worship; they…

Who Cares

You’re tired. Absolutely and utterly exhausted. Slavery. Genocide. Racism. Climate change. Refugees. Poverty. Women’s rights.…

What Would Jesus Shoot?

I grew up shooting guns. We went squirrel hunting, dove hunting, deer hunting, fishing and…

Sho Baraka Has It All Figured Out

Sho Baraka is one of the most interesting people out there. He’s an Atlanta-based rapper…