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Jul 26, 2017
republican, democrat, election, evangelicls

Politics, Elections, and Christians: Reconciling the Church after the Great Divide of 2016

Have you allowed election speech to replace the speech of the 'elect'?
Politics, Elections, and Christians: Reconciling the Church after the Great Divide of 2016
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The 2016 American presidential election divided the nation and many churches in a way that is unprecedented. It may seem like a long time ago, but the effects linger, often continuing to cause deeper wounds than we know.

The nation, it appears, is becoming more divided right ...

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May 18, 2017
Reformation, Five Solas, Lord's Supper

Is the Common Cup Still Relevant Today?

The Roman formula is for the faithful to receive the bread and for the priest to drink the wine.
Is the Common Cup Still Relevant Today?
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I sat in the church where Martin Luther preached some 2,000 sermons, imagining the impact his short life had on the world. Sitting in a pew, taking in the sights of The Town Church (Stadtkirche) of Wittenberg, I could almost hear his thunderous insights mixed with stories and ...

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May 11, 2017
evangelism, suffering

The Cross-Resurrection Contradiction

At the heart of Christian faith is a commitment to a God who enters into suffering.
The Cross-Resurrection Contradiction
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One of the fears many people have when they think about evangelism is that they will be asked questions about Christian doctrine and belief for which they don’t have adequate answers. One of those questions is: Why would a good God allow suffering to exist?

I understand ...

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May 5, 2017
refugees, immigrants, pro-life

My Stance on Refugees and Immigration, and How They Intersect with Christianity

I answer some frequently asked questions.
My Stance on Refugees and Immigration, and How They Intersect with Christianity
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I have always believed that good discussion and debate over critical issues is helpful for those willing to engage in it. In the past few months, I have written quite a bit on the refugee ban and what I believe should be the Christian response to it. I, along with about 50 other ...

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Apr 6, 2017
evangelism, lecture approach, influential question approach

Following Jesus: The Master of the Question

Q Place founder encourages believers to ask more questions.
Following Jesus: The Master of the Question
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A few years ago I found some relevant wisdom on evangelism and spiritual transformation in an unlikely place: Forbes Magazine. The article was entitled “The 3 Most Powerful Ways to Change People Who Don’t Want to Change,” by therapist and life coach Kathy Caprino. ...

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Mar 23, 2017
social issue, human issue, human trafficking, sex trafficking

Healing Victims of Human Trafficking: A Long, Slow Road to Transformation

When we give our lives to the service of others, THEY will change US.

If you’ve heard or know anything about human trafficking, then you’ve heard the term “modern-day slavery.” And that’s exactly what it is. There are more slaves in the world today than any other time in our history. We should be facing this social ...

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Mar 16, 2017
evangelism, secularism

Why You Most Certainly Will Fail to Reach Your Secular Friends

Many have never been given a single reason as to why God is relevant to their lives.
Why You Most Certainly Will Fail to Reach Your Secular Friends
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Man has, in Aldous Huxley‘s phrase, “an infinite appetite for distraction.” Thus, our pastimes have evolved into weapons of mass distraction: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Snapchat, YouTube, and on and on. Pascal told us “that the ...

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Mar 15, 2017
art, free speech, award show

Shut Up and Dance! The Intersection of Freedom, Art, and Gospel Expression

Artist and evangelist believes all art carries a message.
Shut Up and Dance! The Intersection of Freedom, Art, and Gospel Expression
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I usually don’t watch award shows—three hours of celebrities patting each other on the back just isn't my thing. But a recurring subplot has made them more intriguing. In our divided times, these shows have served as a soapbox for actors and musicians to express ...

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Feb 28, 2017
theology, podcast

Theology for Life (Ep. 13): The Intersection of Acting & The Christian Faith

Actor and director Mark Lewis is Associate Professor of Communication at Wheaton College.
Theology for Life (Ep. 13): The Intersection of Acting & The Christian Faith
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What is it that people are looking for in theater or entertainment as it relates to theology? Professor Mark Lewis talks in this episode of Theology for Life about why story is part of our narrative and why we are all ‘actors’ in different ways. Something that acting ...

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Feb 27, 2017
prayer, politics, worldview

Chaplain: They Jeered My Prayer in Jesus' Name at GOP Town Hall. Here's My Response.

"Jesus has been booed many times," says chaplain jeered during town hall prayer.
Chaplain: They Jeered My Prayer in Jesus' Name at GOP Town Hall. Here's My Response.
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Ed: What happened last week when many at the town hall meeting started to protest during your prayer?

Michael: I’m a chaplain of the state of Louisiana with a group called The Capitol Commission. I was asked a week earlier to come in, like I often do at events throughout ...

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Feb 16, 2017
honor, shame, conference, gospel

Exposing the Truth about Honor and Shame

The Four Dimensions Christians Must Understand

Shame is getting exposed, finally.

Commentators now observe how Western culture, especially the millennial generation, is becoming more shame-prone. Consequently, more Westerners are seeking release from the disease of shame—that dreadful feeling of unworthiness and isolation. ...

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Feb 9, 2017
theology, podcast

Theology for Life (Ep. 10): Protestant Denominations - Similarities and Differences

Dr. Vincent Bacote is Associate Professor of Theology at Wheaton College.
Theology for Life (Ep. 10): Protestant Denominations - Similarities and Differences
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What’s going on with the different denominations—with Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, Lutherans, and the like? We begin by going back to the Reformation; as time goes on, divergences around various issues occurred (issues like baptism, conversion, the Bible, ...

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Feb 9, 2017
christian film

Christians at Sundance

Artist reports from 2017 Sundance Film Festival
Christians at Sundance
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This past Sundance Film Festival, I enjoyed reuniting with the Windrider Forum. Between the note-taking and the water bottle filling, I saw communal lament, sincere prayer, and verbal commitments to fight for the rights of the oppressed.

The Windrider Forum donned its twelfth ...

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Feb 8, 2017
post-christian, evangelism, leadership

Connecting to a Post-Christendom World: A Word to Leaders

Jesus calls us to care for the hurting and marginalized in our communities.
Connecting to a Post-Christendom World: A Word to Leaders
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As Christians seek to live out lives of hope and light, we are confronted with people who see our beliefs as increasingly irrelevant. And as much as some of us put our hope in government, institutions, etc., to change our culture, it won’t. The Christian faith cannot be ...

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Feb 2, 2017
theology, podcast

Theology for Life (Ep. 9): False Intimacy: A Discussion on Pornography, the Brain, and Our Faith

Dr. William Struthers is Professor of Psychology at Wheaton College.
Theology for Life (Ep. 9): False Intimacy: A Discussion on Pornography, the Brain, and Our Faith
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What do we understand about addiction, and what do we have wrong about addiction? One of the hallmarks of addiction, according to Dr. William Struthers, is that you’re craving something that doesn’t give you what you need, and you’ve lost your ability to make ...

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