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Did the Crusades Get a Bum Rap?

"I get tired of people apologizing for the Crusades, like Christians were a bunch of dirty looters that went over there and killed everybody," says author Rodney Stark. "It just wasn't true."

The Preacher's Greatest Temptation

There's something self-righteous and hypocritical within us that cries out for the preacher to "let those other people have it!" But this type of sermonizing is less prophetic and more cheap preaching.

Modern Money Myths

Why Pastors Should Care About Global Warming Policy

While on the surface global warming alarmism might seem like a peripheral issue, it has profound spiritual, moral, and economic implications for believers -- and especially the poor -- that pastors can ill afford to ignore.

  • E. Calvin Beisner, Ph.D. |
  • August 06, 2009 |
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A Homiletical Spiral for Preaching Old Testament Narratives

Preaching Old Testament narratives can be a very difficult, even frustrating experience. A story may seem exciting, but how is a minister "this side of Christ" to preach it?

So Help Me, God: The Expectation of Leadership

Most office-holders begin their term by swearing to serve the people, "So help me, God." Do we therefore have a right to expect more of our political leaders? Should they be held to a higher standard than mere pragmatism?

Southern Baptist Identity

In this timely collection of essays, sixteen Southern Baptist leaders address key issues of theology, polity, and practice to ascertain the future of the Southern Baptist Convention in particular and evangelicalism in general. Read an excerpt.

Shall We Purge the Church Membership?

If we kick out every church member who belongs to such-and-such a lodge or takes such-and-such a drink, where does that leave us?

Is any common ground possible on homosexuality?

  • Dr. Warren Throckmorton |
  • July 29, 2009 |
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Workplace Ministry: Action Steps for the Local Church

Ideas and strategies toward becoming a workplace ministry-friendly church that mobilizes men and women.

Love Believes All Things

I now want to take up Paul’s charge that "love believes all things." Paul is not calling for a foolish gullibility, but even if you get taken advantage of while trying to meet someone's need, so what? Are we to care that we look foolish to the world?

Concerning Alcoholic Beverages

In 2006, the SBC approved a resolution which not only expressed opposition to church members drinking alcohol, but also stipulated that no one who does so may be elected to serve within the denomination. Seminary president Paige Patterson supports the stand with a look at Scripture's warnings about strong drink.

Breaking Free of American Evangelicalism

Author Soong-Chan Rah explains why the church despereately needs to open its eyes to see the Next Evangelicalism

Is Your Church Sending Mixed Messages?

As you sit at home –- or in your office –- reading this story, your church continues to communicate many messages to your community.

Praying Preachers

This Beautiful Mess

Be a Kinder Calvinist

As you celebrate John Calvin's 500th birthday, recognize that it won't be easy to change the pejorative stereotype that clings to Calvinism, but we can start by admitting that it is accurate far too often.

The Gospel and Community

What is the best expression of the mission of the church in light of our changing cultural and social reality?

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