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Sep 26, 2017
kaepernick, protest, national anthem, NFL, NBA

The Helpful History of Minority Demonstrations

John Richards responds to Ed Stetzer's article on Kaepernick’s protest

This weekend, President Trump fired the tweet heard ‘round the sports world. And the sports world—specifically NFL players and owners—responded with protests and demonstrations. As he is apt to do, Ed penned a very thoughtful response to the controversy and ...

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Sep 24, 2017
kaepernick, protest, national anthem, NFL, NBA

Kaepernick, Speech, and a Job: The Cleat May Soon be on the Other Foot

Free speech is important, but is it always helpful, and how does it relate to employment?
Kaepernick, Speech, and a Job: The Cleat May Soon be on the Other Foot
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Free speech can be quite controversial.

But this shouldn’t be surprising. If we all agreed on everything, we wouldn’t need the First Amendment. Unpopular speech is why we have the First Amendment. And, let me be clear, Colin Kaepernick was exercising his First Amendment ...

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Sep 22, 2017
news, fake news, truth, issues

Fake Apocalypse News Shouldn't Eclipse Real Tragedy News

There are real issues that deserve full coverage, not another fake story about the end of the world.
Fake Apocalypse News Shouldn't Eclipse Real Tragedy News
Image: Eric Pancer

The need for good journalism has never been more pressing. Time and time again I have written about fake news. And over and over we find more of it, and more people believing it.

Rohingya Muslims are fleeing Myanmar for their lives. Puerto Rico is picking up the pieces after ...

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Sep 16, 2017

No, the World Won't End Next Week and There's No Such Thing as a Christian Numerologist

If we start speaking up about bad "Christian" reporting, maybe people will do it less.
No, the World Won't End Next Week and There's No Such Thing as a Christian Numerologist
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Again, we must deal with fake news. I’ve written on this numerous times before here and here and, undoubtedly, this won’t be the last time.

In this case, it’s making Christians look silly.

Again.

But there it is on the front page of Fox News, “Christian ...

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Sep 15, 2017
Kaine, Clinton, Republican, Democrat, Abortion, Healthcare

Kaine Is Simply Not Able to Speak Up Rightly for the "Least of These"

The "least of these" includes the unborn.
Kaine Is Simply Not Able to Speak Up Rightly for the "Least of These"
Image: Tim Pierce

In a recent Christianity Today article, Virginia senator and former Democratic VP candidate Tim Kaine eloquently appealed to Christians to take seriously the biblical imperative to care for “the least of these” out of Jesus’ words in Matthew 25.

I agree.

According ...

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Sep 8, 2017
Congress, Senate, Constitution, religion

This Dogma Won't Hunt: Feinstein, Durbin, Sanders, and the New Religious Test for Office

So much for Article VI of the U.S. Constitution
This Dogma Won't Hunt: Feinstein, Durbin, Sanders, and the New Religious Test for Office
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Christians will be applauded when they show up to feed, clothe, shelter, and encourage the battered victims of Harvey and Irma. As long as they keep their dogma in their hearts and not in their mouths, they are welcomed—but if they speak up about basic Christian beliefs, ...

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Sep 1, 2017
prayer, confession, repentance

A Prayer and Confession of the Church in America During These Days

A prayer of Daniel as a model of repentance.

As I write this, I am reflecting on what took place two weeks ago in Charlottesville, Virginia. My heart breaks over the division, hatred, and strife that we face in this country over the issue of race. I freely confess that I’m no expert or wise sage who can speak profound ...

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Aug 31, 2017

Want to Help During Disaster? Here's a Few Dos and Don'ts

The world has a growing need for well-informed, thoughtful engagement with natural disaster relief work.
Want to Help During Disaster? Here's a Few Dos and Don'ts
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This morning in USATODAY, I wrote on the role of faith-based organizations in disaster relief. I explained:

Government is essential in the rescue stage — they have the equipment and means to move that equipment. The Coast Guard and the Federal Emergency Management Agency ...
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Aug 28, 2017
houston, harvey, flooding, disaster

Hurricane Harvey & Our Response to Pray and Help

Here are some practical ways you can help right now.

We’ve all been watching with concern these past few days as Hurricane Harvey ravages the countless communities and cities in South Texas. News reports continue to indicate that the storm’s heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding are unprecedented and exceeding expectations. ...

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Aug 25, 2017
abny, north america, missions, evangelism, church planting

3 ABNY Social Realities Shaping North American Missions

The New Testament Church was birthed in the messiness of a religiously pluralistic society.
3 ABNY Social Realities Shaping North American Missions
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“Already but not yet” (ABNY) is a phrase which arises out of a system of Christian thought called kingdom theology. It captures the notion that God’s kingdom was inaugurated in Jesus’ death and resurrection and that this kingdom is already here on earth, ...

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Aug 20, 2017
eclipse, apocalypse, eschatology, end times
No, Christians Don’t See the Eclipse as a Sign of an Immediate Apocalypse (Except for a Few Odd Ones)
Image: David Byrne

Hello Christian leads with the headline, “Greg Laurie Explains the Prophetic Significance of the Solar Eclipse and North Korea.”

Well, you can tell from the title of my article that I think seeing the eclipse as a sign is silly and unhelpful to the reputation of Christians. ...

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Aug 18, 2017
action, hypocrisy, justice

Without Action, We Are Hypocrites

Jesus isn’t impressed by our feelings of moral outrage at injustice.
Without Action, We Are Hypocrites
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The influx of Jewish refugees into the United States during World War II led to a significant increase in the level of anti-Semitism in this country. The 1947 Academy Award winning film Gentleman’s Agreement confronted this blatant discrimination in areas such as jobs, ...

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Aug 14, 2017
Loyalty, Rorschach, Charlottesville, Evangelical

On Christians Unable to Critique President Trump: Loyalty and the Rorschach Test

If you are unable to critique a president, you've lost your prophetic witness.
On Christians Unable to Critique President Trump: Loyalty and the Rorschach Test
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This weekend was an important moment in our nation and, I think, for evangelical Christianity in America. Reflecting and responding to the events following Charlottesville is worth our time and energy.

Many issues are already being discussed, and it’s important that we ...

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Aug 12, 2017

Charlottesville and Your Church's Response

Silence on matters of hatred and bigotry is antithetical to the gospel.
#Charlottesville, the Christian Response, and Your Church's Call
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I know I’m not the only one who has been keeping track of what is happening in Charlottesville, VA, and feeling both sadness and anger at the same time. I returned to the United States this morning, to a country that seems to be bursting at the seams with tension, hatred, ...

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Aug 10, 2017
patriotism, america, independence day

Patriotism and the Church: Is It Too Much to Ask Churches to Be Careful?

Anything that replaces the worship of God is idolatry.
Patriotism and the Church: Is It Too Much to Ask Churches to Be Careful?
Image: Madison

I recently wrote an article for Influence Magazine on patriotism and the church and wanted to add a few more thoughts.

As we celebrated Independence Day in the United States over the summer, I saw a lot of churches discussing America, God, and the Church, and how they fit together ...

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