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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
Image: Thomas Hawk

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?
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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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Aug 7, 2017
truth, fake news

Being People of Truth in a World of Fake News

Use common sense, desire discernment, and cultivate accountability.
Being People of Truth in a World of Fake News
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One of the hottest topics in our culture is fake news. I’ve written about it, and others have as well. Obviously, not all news is fake. At the same time, not everything that calls itself news is real news. When one of the leading stories in USA Today is about someone wearing ...

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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
Image: Azlan DuPree

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
Image: George Hodan

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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