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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.

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.

How You Can Make America Great Again

On a recent Christian talk show the host was rightly commending Dawn Loggins, an eighteen-year-old who was once homeless but is now headed to Harvard.

How to Impact the Moral Condition of Our Culture

There are two things we must get straight if we expect to have any impact on the moral condition of our culture, let alone its spiritual condition.

The South Sees Manners Decline: So What?

What’s happened to good manners in the South? The New York Times reported that while good manners have always been part of a Southerner’s identity in some sense, they are no longer a priority.

Unalienable Rights: For Loyal Americans Only?

Debate routinely swirls around accused terrorists or enemy combatants of the United States concerning whether or not they have a right to due process. An answer to that question may be determined case to case.

Would the World be Better off Without Religion?

There is an ongoing dialogue in some circles as to whether the world would be better off without religion.

Are People Born Homosexual?

With the politicization of the homosexual agenda there is the oft repeated assertion that there is a genetic link to homosexuality.

Does the Bible Work for You?

I was talking with a friend about God using the circumstances in our lives to show us what’s in our hearts. For example, if the teenage boy’s drum playing next door angers you, it’s not that he’s making you angry. You actually have anger in your heart . . .

Should the Government Tell You What You Can’t Eat?

I’m not sure I want my wife telling me what I can’t eat, let alone the government (though I do try to listen to my wife). Stories about government banning certain food items, particularly those with high fat content, are increasing. By way of example, not the latest, but perhaps the most prominent, occurred some time back in San Francisco . . .

How to Get Joy When Your Spouse is Dying (An Answer to Pat Robertson)

Perhaps no recent statement has better captured so glaringly the bent of our culture than Pat Robertson’s advice to a man whose wife has Alzheimer’s: “he should divorce her and start all over again.” . . .

Afraid to Say “God” in Public: The Power of Ideas

There is no doubt Edward Bulwer-Lytton was right when he coined the phrase for his 1839 play The Conspiracy, “The pen is mightier than the sword.” Ideas take root in the minds of people and bear real consequences

Revolutionize Your Spiritual Life

The church is not immune to movements, trends, programs, and people latching on to the latest study that’s supposed to transform our lives. Each of these movements or trends is supposed to be that thing we’ve been missing; that thing that will take us over the top spiritually speaking.

Why Christians Don’t Want Government Defining Marriage

The issue of marriage with particular reference to a constitutional amendment banning homosexual marriage is dangerous for conservative Christians who disagree with the majority who are in favor of such an amendment. It’s dangerous in that one who is not in favor of banning homosexual marriage is considered to be in favor of homosexual marriage, liberal, and unbiblical, none of which is the case . . .

Why Do We Get Caught Up in Movements, Sports, or Reality Shows?

If “American Idol” or the latest reality show proves anything it’s that people like to get caught up in things with other people. There is no shortage of news junkies, political movements, rock and roll groupies, or “save the whale” supporters

Top Five Ways to Keep Communicating with Your Teenager

One of the biggest complaints from parents and teenagers alike is that there is often little or no communication between the two groups. Perhaps you’re like one discouraged mom who said to me, “I’ve tried to talk with my daughter but she just shuts me down. I’ve tried everything to let her know I care but she just won’t let me in any more.” Or maybe you’re like the frustrated dad who told me the only thing his son would ever say to him was “you just don’t understand . . .

What to Do About Young Voters Who Feel Abandoned

President Obama has a problem: volunteers seem uninterested this time around. That’s startling considering that under-thirty-somethings worked on campaigns at a higher rate than the population at large in 2008 for the first time since 1950. Yet, as The New York Times reported sometime back, the campaign rallies on college campuses that formerly felt like rock concerts are now drawing only a few students.

The Shining City on a Hill: America?

Most American Christians believe that America has a special place in God's heart.

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