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Adoption, Identity, and Kung-Fu Panda

We all face them, but for children who’ve been adopted, there’s often a special sense of helplessness in the face of the "who am I?" and "why?" questions.

Competition with Other Churches

Competition between churches is one of the most prevalent yet least talked about issues in church-world.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • June 02, 2011 |
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Unsung Heroes of the Bible

Aristarchus, Archippus, Nympha, Justus... just a few of the Bible's unsung heroes, "unsung" because they were primarily focused on making sure that the praises of Jesus Christ were sung by people from all tribes, tongues, and nations. When your most passionate desire is that Christ's praises be sung, you too can be an unsung hero.

I’m a Complementarian Man With an Egalitarian Wife; Can I Pastor?

The call to ministry is almost all-encompassing, and it engulfs an entire family in a mission many of them didn’t choose. Being a pastor’s wife doesn’t just mean being married to a pastor. It’s a way of life.

"God Gave Me the Gift of Desperation"

The gift of desperation means that God has so emptied you that you have nothing left but God.

Guarding Hearts: An Interview with the CEO of Covenant Eyes

Ron DeHaas, CEO of Covenant Eyes, joins me for a discussion about pornography and its effect on the family, as well as steps Christians can take to protect our hearts from lust.

Religion and Sex Quiz

Jennifer Wright Knust from Boston University, tries to demonstrate how “murky and inconsistent and prone to being hijacked by ideologues” the Bible can be.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • May 27, 2011 |
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Too Good To Be True

Forgiveness full and free is the hardest thing for us to believe as Christians. We think it’s a mark of spiritual maturity to hang onto our guilt and shame.

A 19th-Century Response to Rob Bell and Love Wins

The rejection of the doctrine of Endless Punishment cuts the ground from under the gospel.

Have I Committed the Unpardonable Sin?

If you care enough to ask the question, the answer is no.

We Are Seasoned Do-It-Yourselfers

When will we learn that Jesus is not glorified by our “doing” things for him, but that He is glorified by our resting in, and receiving, what he’s done for us?

The Plantation Church

It’s surprising how few open, transparent and practical discussions there are about racial matters in the local church.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • May 23, 2011 |
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Jesus is Coming. Are You Ready?

Any time would be a good time for Christ to come again.

A Pre-Tribulational Rapture?

May 21, we’re told, is the end of it all. Harold Camping tells us it’s the day when the Rapture of the church will happen. Historic Christianity, of course, stands with Jesus over anyone who claims he knows the day or the hour of Jesus’ coming (Matt. 24:3-8). But what about the larger idea here? Is there a secret, sudden Rapture? Is that what we should expect?

iFaith: A Conversation with Dan Darling

iFaith is a brief, pastoral book on living as Christians in the 21st century. Author Dan Darling stops by to discuss "connecting with God in the 21st century."

The False Prophets of Science

Stephen Hawking gives an exclusive interview in The Guardian that has received widespread media attention.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • May 19, 2011 |
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Have We Reached the Tipping Point in the Abortion Debate?

Here are five reasons I believe we have reached a tipping point in favor of the pro-life position.

Making All Things New (Not All New Things)

There are many people who believe that God will destroy this present world—all of it—and start over, creating a new world from scratch. But that's a misunderstanding fueled in part by a questionable translation of 2Peter 3... (read more)

Can Romance Novels Hurt Your Heart?

Pornography and romance novels aren’t (or at least aren’t always) morally equivalent, but they “work” the same way.

Wrapping Up a Great Visit to Reno

We left last night feeling greatly loved and deeply affirmed before God by our friends in Reno.

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