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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.

I Get Goosebumps When I Think of Government Transformation

In an ongoing and increasingly broad discussion concerning R2K vs. transformationalism, D.G. Hart posted an informative exchange involving J. Gresham Machen (arguably the leading theologian of the twentieth century) when he appeared before congress in 1926 to oppose the formation of the Federal Department of Education.

Should Pastors Speak to Politics?

We evangelicals have “been dazed and confused for so long it’s not true.” Well, it is true.

Just Another Bum from the Neighborhood on Halloween

It’s easy to start a fight between Christians; just talk about Halloween.

How to Kill a Snake

A question was asked in Sunday School regarding the reference to “heel” in Gen. 3:15: “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.”

Walmart Socialistic Shopping Spree

Part of our problem is well-meaning but biblically uninformed Christians.

A Dating Tip from Bob Marley - Sort of -

You have to appreciate it when an unbeliever says something rooted in truth particularly when it’s insightfully penetrating. I came across this quote from Reggae singer Bob Marley

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.

Example: "Gen 1:1" "John 3" "Moses" "trust"
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