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The Past in the Present

Francis of Assisi
Mystical founder of the Franciscans
In Search of the Real Balian
In Kingdom of Heaven, Sir Ridley Scott turns Balian of Ibelin into an agnostic, but what do we know of the Balian of history?

Dr. Luther's Tribulation
Feelings of God's absence didn't plague only Mother Teresa.
One Last Gotham Visit for Billy Graham
The evangelist's upcoming New York crusade recalls his historic confrontation with segregation, fundamentalism, and mainline theology nearly 50 years ago.

Spirituality for Busy People
The monk-pope Gregory the Great assured Christians that a life of contemplation and a life of active service go hand in hand.
Misusing History
Thomas Jefferson's "wall of separation" metaphor allowed the Supreme Court to redefine church-state law and policy—and not necessarily in a good way.

"The Lord Can Make You Free"
Slave-turned-abolitionist Frederick Douglass crusaded against the "soul-destroying religion" of the slaveholders.
Celebrating Advent with Martin Luther
The Protestant reformer loved Christmas, as these excerpts from his sermons show.

Why Do We Have Christmas Trees?
The history behind evergreens, ornaments, and holiday gift giving.
The "Praise and Worship" Revolution
The Jesus People movement of the 1960s and '70s generated new kinds of music that transformed worship in evangelical churches.

Preaching Augustine
The Christian Classics Ethereal Library came to my rescue in a homiletical emergency.

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