For the last 20 years, I’ve been managing editor and then editor in chief of Christianity Today.  In semi-retirement, I still compile a weekly newsletter, The Galli Report, but I will give the bulk of my writing energy to exploring the dynamics of what I’m calling a “worldly spiritual life.”  I mean to take the insights of the Christian tradition, among other resources, and show how they can help us think and act and pray more wisely in our daily lives, in the church, and in the public square.  There is no spiritual life apart from our life in the world.  And there is no worldly life apart from God, who is ever present, if annoyingly silent a lot of the time.

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If you need to reach me for writing or speaking opportunities, or for media interviews, please send an email to mark dot galli at gmail dot com.


I was born and raised in California, received my B.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz, an M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary, and did some doctoral work in Puritan history at U.C. Davis. I served as a Presbyterian pastor for 10 years, four in Mexico City and 6 in Sacramento, before becoming a journalist. I spent 30 years as an editor with the Christianity Today ministry, including Leadership Journal and Christian History.

I’ve published articles in a variety of magazines, from devotional pieces ( like The Upper Room) to commentary on current events (New York Times) to more theological musings (Books & Culture).

I’ve written or co-written 9 books (as of January 2020), from biographies (Francis of Assisi and His World and Karl Barth: An Introductory Biography for Evangelicals), to books on spiritual theology (like Jesus Mean and Wild and Beautiful Orthodoxy) and liturgy (Beyond Bells & Smells: The Wonder and Power of Christian Liturgy). My most recent book is When DId We Start Forgetting God? If you’re interested in any of my books, begin here.

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29 Responses to About

  1. barbara campbell says:

    Would you please write about your the reasons you decided to become a Roman Catholic?

  2. Michael Hoisington says:

    I don’t understand the values you express concerning abortion with things like the letter from the Catholic mother saying 50,000 babies have been killed and your desire that Biden become president who is now funding abortions in other countries. It is not a surprise that Biden made that one of his earliest changes to what the US stands for. I guess maybe I have misread your opposition to abortion. Or that as an issue abortion is far down the list of things that are important.

    • markgalli says:

      You mustn’t mistake my criticism of Trump to be a full-throated endorsement for Biden. I find Biden’s abortion policies dismal, to say the least.

  3. Randall says:

    Thank you for your stance. Can you sometime please address who passionate pro lifers could vote for in the upcoming presidential election? I can’t vote for Mr Trump, but I hesitate, almost entirely from a pro-life perspective, to vote for Mr Biden. Last election I voted for pro-life Evan McMullin, but he is not running this time. Are there pro life alternatives? Thanks.

    • s61001234 says:

      This is what David French said

      Decades of data and decades of legal, political, and cultural developments have combined to teach us a few, simple realities about abortion in the United States:

      1. Presidents have been irrelevant to the abortion rate;

      2. Judges have been forces of stability, not change, in abortion law;

      3. State legislatures have had more influence on abortion than Congress;

      4. Even if Roe is overturned, abortion will be mostly unchanged in the U.S.; and

      5. The pro-life movement has an enormous cultural advantage.

      If the points above don’t seem to make sense to you, then you’re likely unfamiliar with the way that decisive numbers of Americans think about abortion—not in crystal-clear terms of life versus choice (or “baby” versus “clump of cells”), but through much hazier and subjective reasoning. This means that absolutists are consistently frustrated with the political process. Unless Americans change, that process will not yield the results they seek.

      But while many millions of Americans are hazy about the politics and morality of abortion, it’s apparent they have a bias about the practice of abortion. In their own lives, pregnancies are both increasingly rare and increasingly precious, and thus abortion is in steady decline, no matter who sits in the Oval Office.

    • Christopher says:

      Hello Randall,
      perhaps pro-life means all life, which is threatened by fires and floods and other climate disasters that destroy life.

  4. John Castle says:

    Ever since your parting shot at Trump when you left CT, I’m wary of who you are. A Biblical approach to any discussion is to listen to both sides first before taking a side. You have immediately jumped on the “racist” bandwagon without sufficient evidence. I propose another perspective from black America. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtPfoEvNJ74

    I don’t think that the majority of American disagrees that this man didn’t deserve to die and that the event was horrific. However, was it due to racism or a small cop afraid of a big man who became out of control due to his fear? The evidence is that Floyd was a career criminal who was high during the event and had a baggy of drugs with him.

    My wife is Latina from Latin American. After 10 years in the US she is convinced that white America is NOT racist. With her weak English, WHITE Americans continually help her and never has she ever heard a word of denigration toward her as a brown immigrant.

    I’m sorry you think so badly of Americans and have to take sides. Americans as a whole are a great people and it’s very true that blacks commit a much higher level of crime and murders than any other race in the US. I challenge you to answer this young lady’s facts and statistics. Even though she doesn’t claim to be a believer, she does seem to prize truth.


    • markgalli says:

      John, thanks for the civil disagreement. However, a careful read of the piece suggests I don’t think most whites are racist–most of us really would like to see change. We just don’t have the capacity to make any more progress on this front. That being said, I certainly agree that black crime and killings of one another is horrendous (I speak as someone who lives near Chicago and is familiar with the terrible stats there), but that is for the black community to address in my view.

  5. Patrick Watters says:

    Dear Mark,

    Just finished Forgetting God, thank you. I have several copies which I’m sharing among pastor/ministry colleagues.

    As an amusing (I hope) side note, and due I suppose to this aged season of my life, I would have put chapters 17-20 up front.

    But of course I have become quite the contemplative “anonemoose monk”, so those chapters struck a chord.

    The Journey continues, appreciate your perspective.

    Patrick Perching Eagle Watters
    aka }:- anonemoose monk
    Lakota Celtic pastor in anam cara

  6. Gary+Fox says:

    I love the insite, wisdom and thoughtfulness of your writing.You are a true blessing in these difficult times.With the secularism filling the nation and world today we need your inspiring voice to give us reassurance and hope and to remind us that God is still in charge.Thank you for being a daily part of our Christian fellowship.God bless.

  7. Charles Scouten says:

    Virtual (livestreamed) worship is sorta like dried fruit. Yes, corporate worship with the congregation all together is preferred. Grapes are great – and healthy too! but drying produces raisins – a different gift from God. Maybe we – while we await return of grapes – we could calm the rhetoric storm and turn effort to leaning to appreciate raisins for what they are, not what they aren’t. Personally, I’ve found raisins a delightful addition to my oatmeal. Try it! Blessings show up in the most unexpected places.

  8. Penny says:

    I just wanted to thank you for speaking out in today’s political realm. It’s all so touchy and you’ve spoken so many things I’d love to speak out on myself. I thought I was alone in my feelings as a follower of Christ because where I go to church, I’m the only one who feels the way you do. As a result, I’ve taken a step back from the church as it breaks my heart to see so many following a political party rather than seeking what’s truly moral and ethical.

    While I know God has a plan and a purpose for all things, this particular political placement is one I’m struggling with and also struggling with the support he’s being given by so many even though his speech and behavior would not be tolerated were he to have run under the header of the opposing party.

    I don’t consider myself one political party over another. I choose to look at a person’s character and decide from there. I wish more people would do that.

    Thank you again for speaking out and standing by your convictions. It meant a lot to me during a very troubling time.

    • Mary W McDonald says:

      I was shocked at the end of the year 2019 when on my way to work listening to public radio, I heard the news. Mark Galli, editor of Christianity Today said it is time to address the moral character of the US President. At first, I didn’t even believe what I heard and I waited for the punch line, but after realizing it had really happened I rejoiced! Your words gave me hope – hope in mankind and a renewed energy to think that maybe this would be the beginning of the end. The end of an immoral man who lies every time he speaks, a man who is so self absorbed that he literally thinks that he is the most incredible man that has ever lived. When I read your article and heard your interview, I was truly grateful. I completely agree and applaud your every word about this sad, emotionally troubled man. It is incredibly sad that so many people, including those who are members of Trump’s evangelical advisory board, lashed out at you and CT. I don’t understand how they can continue to turn a blind eye, and literally ‘laugh off’ his behavior. But they do, and they will, and who knows where 2020 will take us. No matter where, I will know and you will know that we wake each day with the best intentions. We try to uphold the truth,, and do our best to remind others that trust, empathy and honesty are important. Those who continue to ignore the the bullying and pompous patterns of behavior are doing an injustice to their children, grandchildren, and our world. And sadly, one day there will be a price to pay.

      I thank you Mark Gilli for taking the brave step forward to take on the President’s morality and asking others to do the same. You are a true leader and taking a stand against the majority, could not have been easy. I hope you continue to speak out and maybe there will come a time, when all listen. I will be forever grateful and wish you all good things.

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  11. Chris Zyg says:


    I just wanted to say that I’ve always had a strong connection with your writing. What is that? My wife buys the CT subscription and often, I hate to say, the articles are boring and I will skim over articles until I’m reading something that connects with my heart and mind or teaches. I never seem to catch the author until I’m into the article and nearly 100% of the time if I’m saying to myself, this has to be Galli, I’m right. Stay inspired by the Holy Spirit my friend. There are absolutes, there is a God of grace who loves us, He has sent the Holy Spirit to create chaos, and you and I (and other believers of course) need to submit to His presence.

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  13. There seems to be little way of writing you directly or commenting on a CT article if one is not a subscriber, hence this brief effort. Responding to your newest “THERE AND BACK AGAIN…HEAVEN?”

    ANSWER: They are all cow pies. I’m sorry, is that a CPI(Christian Politically Incorrect way of answering?) They are journey’s on that sincerely paved road to hell.

    Once again, “Conditional Immortality” proves its weight in exegetical (and rubber-meets-the-road)gold! Here are a few choice quotes from a booklet I’ve just written which I use as serving to introduce my as yet unpublished 600 page book:

    Genesis 2:7 The lifeless formed body became alive; man became a living creature; man is the living body or living soul (soul simply means life, or alive). The fusion of formed dust (body) imbued with the breath of life (the non-personal, non-individualized life-force or life-principle, from God) produced the living indivisible person. This life force or life principle is exactly the same for every creature God created. J. B. Heard, in a theological treatise on the nature of man, says: “The Hebrew nephesh, instead of suggesting any idea of immateriality, much less immortality, is a general expression used for all animal life. It is used indifferently of man and beast.”

    At death, the whole person dies. There is no separable and separating immortal “soul” supposedly containing the person. The living body is the person. Ecclesiastes 3:19-20; 12:7 The life-force or life-principle (breath of life) returns to God. The Ancient Hebrews knew nothing about any kind of so-called immortal soul –such a thought is totally non-scriptural. The NT knows nothing of such Greek mythology, either. God Himself, directly in His own words, in Genesis 3:19c, said, “for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” MAN IS DUST.

    The whole man dies –body and soul –the whole person dies, as in, the living body and the soul that the body projects, both die together precisely because both are in-separately joined: an indivisible person.

    [In1852, noted linguist, Dr. J. H. M’Culloh wrote, “There is no word in the Hebrew language that signifies either soul or spirit, in the technical sense in which we use the term as implying something distinct from the body.”

    The soul, therefore, is best understood or regarded as a kind of projection of the living body, exactly as the mind is a projection of the living brain: you can’t have one without the other, the living brain dies and the mind ceases to be; the living body dies and the soul ceases to be. The living body/soul dies, and both the living body and its projection, the living soul –are dead; thus the soul ceases to exist, ceases to be when the body dies, and thusly it is indeed the whole person that is dead.]

    Indeed, soul ascension could never be true not simply because there is no biblical teaching concerning it, and because the biblical understanding of resurrection stands DIAMETRICALLY opposed to it, but also because the Scripture actively, specifically, and repeatedly precludes it. The future resurrection/transformation event is both individual and corporate –which means it happens to all believers individually but at the one and same time, event, or juncture, corporately, as it were, to all believers all at once. In Hebrews 11:39-40, it says no one will be made perfect (sinless and actively holy) –until we all are, all at once. That’s corporate salvation: meaning all true believers (of all time and history) will be transformed into new incorruptible people at the same time, instant, and event; see also 1Cor. 15:51-52; with 2Cor. 4; 14 From the preceding three passages cited, here is what they are saying, “only together with us would they (OT saints) be made perfect,” “we will not all sleep (i.e., the dead), but we will all be changed,” and “will bring us, with you, into his presence.” It says no one has yet come into the presence of Christ –that is proof positive against any kind of soul ascension. Furthermore, the scriptures teach that only Jesus has ascended into heaven, Jesus and Jesus alone –no one else. (John 3;13 with Acts 2:34) Peter drives this home in Acts 2:29, emphasizing that David is still dead in his grave! There are no disembodied souls in heaven.

    As hard as it may be to hear, and harder still to understand, the truth of the matter is that nowhere, and in absolutely no fashion, does the Bible ever proclaim or teach that life is a continuum, something which continues on after death. That is not a biblical teaching. Please hear this: the Bible never posits life continuing on after death as the biblical hope. Rather, according to the scriptural hope and its unified teaching, life is renewed after death, only via resurrection. Death is the end of life; and death is only overcome by an as yet future resurrection. This is why the Bible declares Jesus’ triumph as “overcoming death.” That was the final victory. By resurrection, Jesus overcame death, and by resurrection true believers who have died –we too will overcome death! Indeed, resurrection is the only avenue whereby the saints that have died can also overcome death and enjoy the renewal of life. And God’s promise to act on our behalf, that He won’t forget and is powerful to actually do so, that promise is our bridge from death to a future living again. It is the bridge we are to trust in, to get us across from this life that ends in actual, real, and whole death –to reanimation, transformation, and life eternal. There is no intermediate life; thus the Bible never teaches of any such. Rather, there is an intermediary promise, and that sure promise (by trusting faith) is what fills the gap between death, and resurrection to life eternal with Jesus.
    Dying and immediately going to heaven was never the hope of the disciples of Jesus!


    G. Ernest Wright, internationally-renowned OT scholar and biblical archaeologist, declares, “…the Hebrews had no conception of pure being in spiritual terms apart from material form.” “There was no separation of body and soul, and man was conceived as a unified psycho-physical organism.”

    Publisher and author, Robert Brinsmead writes, “When we come to the New Testament, we should realize that Hebrew thought forms are maintained. In most cases, especially in Paul, soul (Greek, psyche) simply means life.”

    Professor D.R.G. Owen said, “The Hebrews had no idea of the immortality of the soul in the Greek sense…It was impossible for them even to conceive of disembodied human existence.”

    [The legendary conservative scholar and exegete, F.F. Bruce, in effect, voiced the same summary conclusion; see inside.4 ]

    F. F. Bruce: “Paul evidently could not contemplate immortality apart from resurrection; for him a body of some kind was essential to personality…for the Greeks man was an embodied soul, for the Hebrews he was an animated body… in this as in other respects Paul was ‘a Hebrew born and bred’ (Phil. 3.5)…if Paul longed to be delivered from the mortality of this present earthly ‘dwelling’, it was with a view to exchanging it for one that was immortal; to be without a body of any kind would be a form of spiritual nakedness or isolation from which his mind shrank.”

    H. Wheeler Robinson, Biblical Theologian and OT scholar extraordinaire, wrote, “The Hebrew idea of personality is that of an animated body, man is a psychophysical unity, body not (like the Greek) that of an incarnated soul.” “The soul has no existence apart from the body.”

    Perhaps the most respected Hebrew linguist in the history of the church, Dr. Franz Delitzch, “There is nothing in the entire Bible which implies [to man] a native immortality.” –Commenting on Genesis 3:22

    There are no disembodied souls in heaven, or anywhere else, for that matter. Scripture wholly (i.e., utterly)(and holy) disavows them any existence.

    Richard Eric Gunby

    p.s.= I love your AUTO spell-checker! Neat. 🙂

  14. Tim says:

    Read your why seek God’s face article. I thought I was the only one who noticed or questioned this stuff. Seems to me too many people just singing nice songs without examining the lyrics.

  15. Solly says:

    As a member of Grace Communion International formely (world wide church of God) I have beeen moved by your spirit inspired writings whose content resonate with our denominational teachings especially on the trinitarian theology. It is in deed the working of the holy spirit evident denominations being no boundries! I thank God to live and witness the amazing grace at work in my lifetime!

    • markgalli says:

      Solly, Thanks for the kind words, and for the “mini testimony” of the work of grace in your life!

      • Mark,
        Your article on Whatever Happened to Grace? is so so right on – and so very few see the difference between “choosing” to believe – and the fact that “No man seeks after God” – Romans 3:11. NO ONE CAN CHOOSE TO BELIEVE WITHOUT THE GIFT OF FAITH WHICH COMES BY HOLY SPIRIT REVELATION ONLY!!! “You did not choose me, I chose you”. John 15:16. Oh how far off the GRACE of God we are across the country! It is all about what “we” have the power to do. This is a direct result of the deception in the Garden – eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and being deceived to believe we have a “free will”. Thank you for highlighting the Truth of the Word. Glenna Salsbury

  16. Angie says:

    I just had to say thank you for “Giving Up Self-Discipline for Lent.” God’s work in bringing me into a deeper and deeper understanding of grace went a bit deeper in reading His words to me using your pen. Thank you.

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