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A Primer On Islam: The Basics (Lesson 1 of 6)

I asked a Christian pastor friend of mine who is also an Islamic scholar to help me understand Islam. Talk about an awesome response.

The Speaking Circuit

I can understand why and how people could give up leading the local church in favor of the speaking circuit. I began to think about this as Rob Bell announced his resignation from Mars Hill just as I set out for 6 days of speaking engagements at a conference, a college and a church.

Noah on Course for the Big Screen

It’s a Bible story that still holds water, as director Darren Aronofsky is slated to direct the upcoming feature film Noah.

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 . . .

'Dry Wedding': Redundancy, or Oxymoron?

When you attend a wedding, do you expect there will, or will not, be alcohol served?

Machine Gun Preacher Packs Some POW-er

This preacher’s packing, and he’s not afraid to shoot. Machine Gun Preacher brings Sam Childers’ powerful story to the big screen.

  • Laura MacCorkle |
  • September 30, 2011 |
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Pat Robertson Responds

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about Robertson’s comments on divorce and Alzheimer’s. More problematic, though, was Robertson’s flippant response to the abhorrent theology behind the whole issue...

Don't Grab That Barking Dog

Sometimes it’s better not to get involved.

  • Dr. Ray Pritchard |
  • September 28, 2011 |
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Non-Profound Thoughts on Turning 59

It’s hard to know what to say about your 59th birthday. What exactly does it represent?

  • Dr. Ray Pritchard |
  • September 27, 2011 |
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John Calvin for Everybody

Calvin is too important to leave him frozen in caricature, and he’s too significant to leave him simply to his tribe of theological partisans. He offers rich insight to all in the Christian tradition, including those who consider themselves the furthest away from “Calvinism.”

More on Spiritual Abuse

How do we respond to spiritual abuse internally—in our own hearts, and how do we respond to spiritual abuse “externally”—in our relationship to the person hurting us?

What is a Liturgical Church?

If you're wondering what exactly is meant by the term "liturgical church," here's your answer.

God Made Me This Way

They knew they were different at a young age. Throughout life, they struggled to hide their feelings and appear normal. After years of enduring rejection, low self-esteem, and depression, they learned to accept homosexuality as part of “who I am.”

Dead Last

In a recent opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal, Norm Augustine laments the weakening emphasis on the study of history.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 26, 2011 |
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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.” . . .

It May Be Autumn, but It’s Time for Winter

Yes, it’s the first day of autumn. But it’s also the day that Winter is coming to a movie theater near you.

  • Laura MacCorkle |
  • September 23, 2011 |
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An End to Trickle-Down Worship

There’s something refreshing and real about worship music that emerges in the context of a real, palpable local church.

The Under Protective Parent

There is much talk in our day about avoiding being “over protective,” but little to no talk on being “under protective.”

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 22, 2011 |
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Faith vs. Clarity

If we have to have clarity going forward, we're all going to be stuck where we are for a long time.

  • Dr. Ray Pritchard |
  • September 21, 2011 |
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The Church in Post-Christendom (Part 3): Recovering the Mission of the Church

If the ecclesiocentric view of the church’s mission tends to focus on the building and maintenance of the institutional church (a place of like-minded believers), then a proper theocentric view will focus the organic church (a people who believe and obey) on the mission of God or missio Dei.

  • Michael Craven |
  • September 21, 2011 |
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