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Jan 18, 2017
politics, election, worldview

Retraining Our Minds on the Things of Christ: Thoughts as We Draw Closer to Inauguration Day

Four Questions to Ask Ourselves as We Adjust to a New Political Reality

I have recently posted a number of articles on politics, in particular about where Evangelicals find themselves as the new President of the United States is inaugurated and how our witness has been damaged as a result of this election (Rebuilding Our Witness: Part 1, Part 2). ...

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Jan 16, 2017
politics, election, worldview

November 8th Is Long Gone, So Where do Christians Find Themselves?

God doesn’t love countries. He loves people.

Many Evangelicals voted for Donald Trump on November 8th, and he is now our President-elect.

Last October and November, I ran numerous articles about Trump and the other candidates. As I posted piece after piece, however, my heart continued to grow pained as I watched fellow ...

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Jan 13, 2017
politics, affordable care act, obamacare

It seems that President-elect Trump is moving full force toward a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), tweeting out that “The ‘Unaffordable’ Care Act will soon be history!”

The Problems of Obamacare

Admittedly, we would find few people who ...

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Jan 13, 2017
politics, election, worldview

Rebuilding Our Witness (Part 2): Developing an Understanding of the Connection of Love & Evangelism in Light of Our New Political Climate

A Christian worldview embraces two things: the Great Commandment and the Great Commission

In Part 1, I talked about why we are at a time when we need to step back and assess how we view the world and the lens we apply to all that we see and do. I talked about a Christian worldview that holds in one hand the Great Commandment and in the other the Great Commission. ...

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Jan 12, 2017
politics, election, worldview

Rebuilding Our Witness (Part 1): Why It's Time to Take a Second Look at Our Christian Worldview in Light of Our New Political Climate

A Christian worldview embraces two things: the Great Commandment and the Great Commission

In my neighborhood is a sign that reads, “No matter where you come from, we are glad you are our neighbor.” It’s a simple sign that does two important things.

First, it speaks a message of love and acceptance.

Second, it is directed at the receiver.

You see, it’s ...

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Jan 5, 2017
books, gospel-centered life

A Look at Notable 2016 Publications

TEDS President offers his list of best books

“There is no end to the making of many books,” says the author of Ecclesiastes. In the United States alone, there were close to one million titles published during the past year, with revenue approaching $1.8 billion. Hundreds of titles competed for our attention ...

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Jan 1, 2017
New Year, poetry

As The Year Turns

Professor shares poetry from Milton and Donne.
Well, so that is that. Now we must dismantle the tree, Putting the decorations back into their cardboard boxes— Some have got broken—and carrying them up to the attic. The holly and the mistletoe must be taken down and burnt, And the children got ready for school. ...
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Dec 30, 2016
sundry, assorted, disparate, divergent

Most Read Posts of 2016 (1-10)

It's that time of year.

(10) Marriage, Divorce, and the Church: What do the stats say, and can marriage be happy?

This post from Valentine’s Day 2014 asked Are Christian divorce rates the same, or even higher, than the rest of the population? Is a happy marriage possible?

(9) What Do White Evangelicals ...

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Dec 28, 2016
evangelism, 21st century

Can We Evangelize Late Modern Culture?

We cannot assume a shared foundation.

Many Christians can identify the good in Christianity but wonder if it really has to be pushed on others. Do we have to evangelize? Is it even considerate?

Think of a non-Christian that you know. He or she probably has a job, drives a car or depends on modern transportation of ...

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Dec 9, 2016
pro-life, assisted suicide

Recent Research on End-of-Life Issues Reveal Holes in Our Theology

If we are pro-life, we are anti-assisted suicide.

A study by Lifeway Research recently revealed a disconcerting belief among Christians generally, and Evangelicals in particular.

In the survey, 67% of Americans agree with the statement, “When a person is facing a painful terminal disease, it is morally acceptable to ask ...

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Dec 8, 2016
hispanic, evangelical, election 2016

Hispanic Evangelicals & Politics Today: My Interview with Gabriel Salguero

Rev. Salguero is the founder of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition (NaLEC) and a pastor in Orlando, FL

Ed: Recently, a PBS prime-time special (The New Deciders) and the NY Times Opinion page (The Evangelicalism of Old White Men Is Dead) highlighted the National Latino Evangelical Coalition (NaLEC) as a new kind of Evangelical electorate. What do you think they mean by this?

Gabriel: ...

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Dec 7, 2016
refugees, immigrants, election 2016

In this country fear has become a defining narrative, even among Evangelicals. It comes in many forms: fear of unemployment, fear of the unknown, fear of the infringement of rights—all concerning. But one in particular—fear of terrorism—has caused a unique ...

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Nov 30, 2016
Christianity, 21st century

Thriving at the Edges of the World

E. Stanley Jones calls us to radical conservatism and a conservative radicalism.

The edges of the world capture our attention. Think of frontiers such as the frozen mountains of Antarctica, the Australian outback, or the Amazon jungle. They are places of great opportunity and, at the same time, filled with unknown threats.

As Americans, we have long been ...

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Nov 17, 2016
election 2016, race in america

The Election Forces Us to Talk about Race

One of the Church’s great challenges is unity in a very divided country.
The Election Forces Us to Talk about Race

Our country has elected a new President who was able to uncover a great deal of anxiety and frustration with our government. From social concerns like the economy or ethical concerns like Supreme Court judges, President-elect Donald Trump made a case that resonated with major ...

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Nov 14, 2016
hospitality, welcome, gospel

The Hospitable Gospel

Jesus modeled hospitality in the Gospels and commanded it in Acts
The Hospitable Gospel

There is no greater news than this: “The God of the Universe knows you and loves you, and all of your sins and wrong doing. He forgives at His expense in Christ.”

In fact, Scripture says, “God proves His love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died ...

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