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Dr. Paul J. Dean Christian Blog and Commentary Archives

Dr. Paul J. Dean

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Dr. Paul Dean is a pastor, cultural commentator, and author. He serves as a Regional Mentor with the International Association of Biblical Counselors, speaks at several conferences throughout the year, and provides training for ministers and churches on a regular basis. Paul resides in the Upstate of South Carolina with his wife and three children.

Why We Can't Do Evangelism in the South

To say we have a big problem doing evangelism in the “Bible Belt” is an understatement. It’s also a problem of our own making.

Stephen Hawking -- Afraid of the Dark?

Atheists will say the most interesting things. Of course they are more than interesting; sometimes they affirm God’s reality without realizing it; at other times they may just open a window for us to see into their own souls.

5 Ways To Engage in Hospitality with Gospel Intentionality

The biblical doctrine of hospitality has rich theological moorings and implications; for that reason it’s often misunderstood.

Idolatry in the Church This Sunday

“Choir goes patriotic this Sunday, come worship with us.”

Love Songs Then and Now (and a Call for More)

It’s interesting the different music styles played in different restaurants these days ...

Dress to Impress

My wife is reading a biography of Amy Carmichael who among other things was a missionary

Created to Create Kingdom Culture

These two dynamics – kingdom advance and culture making – go together. Let me explain.

3 Parents on a Birth Certificate and the gods of our Culture

“A Miami-Dade judge approved a settlement in which [a young girl’s] biological mother, her mother's lesbian lover, and the man whose sperm made it all possible will all sign her birth certificate as parents.

Parents: Young People Leaving an Overprotective Church

Sometime back a survey from the Barna Group yielded six reasons young people leave the church.

Loud Commercials and Liberty

Recently a Christian educator was talking about the FCC outlawing loud television commercials.

Do You Make God in Your Image?

I was listening to Christian talk radio not too long ago and something a caller said caught my attention: “God must be furious right now and I hate to think what’s going to happen as a result.”

Christmas is about the Kingdom

Recently I attended an outstanding Christmas hand bell concert; the Savior was exalted. I also enjoyed the conductor’s brief comments about particular pieces.

You Have to Eisegete the Text?

My daughter is majoring in music at a Christian college known for its academic rigor. Because it’s a Christian college, she has to take a number of Bible and theology classes, and rightly so.

My Brother's Keeper -- Are You Kidding Me?

Am I my brother’s keeper? Cain asked that question to deny his sin before God. The obvious answer to that query is that he was his brother’s keeper in one sense; at the very least, he shouldn’t have murdered him.

Why You Should Argue for Freedom

Recently, a popular Christian, cultural commentator rightly urged us to focus on making an argument for the truth and goodness of free market principles in a free society.

American Circumstances No Indicator of End Times

On talk radio and in private conversation we routinely hear people say the end is near; Christ is coming very soon.

What Are Biblical Principles of Government?

When I talk about biblical principles undergirding government, I’m not talking about things like baptism, the Lord’s Supper, or church discipline.

Christians Can't Vote for a Mormon?

I’m not going to tell anyone who to vote for as the Scriptures leave that decision to the liberty of each individual’s conscience. But . . .

Evolution and Creationism: The Same Category?

Most people assume that Evolution is rooted in scientific fact while biblical Creationism is rooted in faith.

Can One Outsmart God?

Richard Dawkins, the militant atheist, is smart: but not that smart.

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