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Jan 20, 2016
Election 2016

What Have I to Fear

However you vote this year, don't be motivated by fear.
What Have I to Fear
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Fear has always been a factor in democratic elections. During economic recession or war, fear clarifies the choice of the electorate for a candidate who promises to create prosperity and guarantee safety. In sunnier times, fear helps the electorate choose the one who will ...

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Jan 12, 2016

God’s Cleaning His House…the Church

D.A. Horton stops by to talk about how God is cleaning up his bride amidst current events.
God’s Cleaning His House…the Church

God is cleaning house in the American Church. Through current events dealing with ethnicity, race, and systemic oppression, He is exposing our dirty laundry (the systemic segregation in our churches, interpersonal networks, and theological formation) because He loves us.

Specifically, ...

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Jan 12, 2016
Social Justice

#HellenistWidowsMatter: A Parable

What might we learn from the Scriptures about advocating for those who feel wronged?
#HellenistWidowsMatter: A Parable
Fibonacci Blue / Wikipedia

The Hellenist widows were upset. They were being overlooked—treated unjustly.

They did not believe they were valued like the Hebraic widows.

It was hard to avoid the racial and ethnic issues of the conflict.

The Hebraic widows, who were more ethnically aligned ...

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Dec 31, 2015
Religious Liberty

Religious Liberty for All: My Article at RNS

How should Christians think about religious liberty? I wrote about it yesterday for Religion News Service.
Religious Liberty for All: My Article at RNS
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The same survey provided some encouraging data regarding the most basic religious freedoms. Ninety-five percent of Americans believe Americans should have the “freedom to worship with those who share your faith,” and the “freedom to choose your religious ...

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Dec 23, 2015
Politics

Faith of the Candidates: Interview With Marco Rubio (Part 2)

In the second part of my interview with Senator Marco Rubio, we talk about "lost" people, and how "President Rubio" would share his faith.
Faith of the Candidates: Interview With Marco Rubio (Part 2)

On "Lost People"

Ed Stetzer: You used the phrase "lost people" [in your last answer]. So talk to us a little bit about that. What is the role of the Christian, the Catholic, the Evangelical when it comes to sharing with people who are, to use a term you ...

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Dec 22, 2015
Christianity and Islam

Christianity and Islam: Evangelicals and Americans Are Not on the Same Page About the "Same God"

A lot of debate has swirled around the similarity (or dissimilarity) of Christianity and Islam lately. What do people think?
Christianity and Islam: Evangelicals and Americans Are Not on the Same Page About the "Same God"

Just a few months ago, in October, LifeWay Research published a good amount of data on how Americans, pastors, self-identified evangelicals, and religious service attendees see Christianity and Islam. Today, I wanted to share just a bit of data with you regarding how similar ...

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Dec 21, 2015
Refugees

The AIDS Epidemic and the Refugee Crisis: Faithfulness, Not Fear, Is Our Call

When a situation is not understood, the Christian response is often defined by fear.
The AIDS Epidemic and the Refugee Crisis: Faithfulness, Not Fear, Is Our Call
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In New York City in the early 1980’s medical doctors began to diagnose a strange and frightening disease. The New York Times reported:

A SERIOUS disorder of the immune system that has been known to doctors for less than a year — a disorder that appears to affect ...
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Dec 19, 2015
Christmas

I Recently Went to a Full-Blown Christmas Pageant for the First Time—Here's What I Thought

Some disparage the idea of Christmas pageants, and I understand the concern. But, not so fast.
I Recently Went to a Full-Blown Christmas Pageant for the First Time—Here's What I Thought

So, I’ve never actually been a a real Christmas pageant. By “real” I mean one where my kids were not dressed as sheep or something. (Those are awesome, but of a different variety!

Anyway, when I was recently in Fort Lauderdale, I was by an invitation to ...

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Dec 16, 2015
Politics

Faith of the Candidates: Interview With Marco Rubio (Part 1)

I recently talked with Florida senator and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio about his faith journey.
Faith of the Candidates: Interview With Marco Rubio (Part 1)

Faith Journey

Ed Stetzer: You have one of the more fascinating faith journeys. You kind of run the gamut of conservative American religious traditions. You left one and went to the other for different reasons.

So tell me a little bit about that beyond what we know. We know ...

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Dec 14, 2015
Church

Vintage Church Fights to Stay Open Amidst Neighbor Complaints and Criminal Summons

A church in New Orleans has filed suit because its pastor has been issued a criminal summons for the church being too loud.
Vintage Church Fights to Stay Open Amidst Neighbor Complaints and Criminal Summons

Religious liberty is always a tricky subject. People clearly have the right to worship, and what you’ll find in an increasingly secular society is the desire to reduce the right to "worship" God in your head as being the new and acceptable form of religious ...

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Dec 3, 2015
Prayer

San Bernardino, Prayer Shaming, and a Better Way

Is prayer the appropriate response to yet another mass shooting in the United States?
San Bernardino, Prayer Shaming, and a Better Way

Yesterday, we had another mass shooting. And, the fact that we use the word "another" is tragic enough.

Yet, this shooting also reminded us of a cultural moment we are in, as the New York Daily News sought to highlight that Republicans were calling for prayer ...

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Dec 2, 2015
Politics

The Faith of the Candidates: An Interview with Jeb Bush

I recently talked with former Florida governor, and Republican presidential candidate, Jeb Bush.
The Faith of the Candidates: An Interview with Jeb Bush

On Catholicism

Ed Stetzer: We know you converted to Catholicism—I want to talk about what you mean by that phrase. At one point you said, “Christ came into my life a little bit earlier but I converted to being Catholic.” So tell me about what happened before ...

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Nov 29, 2015

The Imago Dei in the Colorado Springs Tragedy

Kelly Rosati, who leads Focus of the Family’s Life Issues, Speaks Up for ALL Life
The Imago Dei in the Colorado Springs Tragedy

The horrific shooting in our beautiful community of Colorado Springs has left us reeling. Shock, anger, and grief have flooded in. Families have experienced their worst nightmares come true in the most unimaginable way. Hearts are broken across the nation for those experiencing ...

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Nov 26, 2015
Thanksgiving

A Thanksgiving Prayer From Old

Life may be tough, and the world may be broken, but God is faithful.
A Thanksgiving Prayer From Old
Jenny Brownscombe

It's easy to be discouraged about the state of things right now, isn't it?

The world is messy and broken. Sin runs rampant, terror is too real, and evil has a foothold. Being discouraged is understandable these days.

But, as followers of Jesus, we have so much ...

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Nov 20, 2015
Social Media

Five Mistakes Pastors Make On Social Media

Social media professional Marty Duren shares five of the most common mistakes pastors make regarding social media.
Five Mistakes Pastors Make On Social Media

Social media is here to stay. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Periscope, Blab, blogs and other forms of social media continue to dominate communication. According to Pew Research (as of September 2014) 71% of online adults use Facebook, 23% use Twitter, 26% use Instagram, and ...

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