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Prayer

“Hear my prayer, O God; listen to the words of my mouth,” David wrote (Psalm 54:2). This sentiment is repeated throughout the psalms and the entire canon of Scripture as God’s people call out to him, uttering words of praise, confessing sin, seeking help, or expressing gratitude. In Matthew 6, Jesus taught his followers to pray using the Lord’s Prayer, a model that Christians around the world continue...

Abortion

The Didache, one of the earliest Christian writings, commands, “You shall not murder a child by abortion nor kill that which is born.” But when the Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade in 1973, most evangelicals considered abortion a Catholic issue. By the 1980s, largely due to the efforts of Francis Schaeffer, C. Everett Koop, and others, it became the centerpiece of evangelical social action. Christians...

Fatherhood

Father's Day is celebrated throughout the world on different days, with different histories and traditions. But the American holiday, the third Sunday of June, has its origins in the church. In 1908, Grace Golden Clayton organized the first Father's Day celebration in a Methodist church in Fairmont, West Virginia, to memorialize men killed in a local mining disaster. Today it serves as a time to reflect...

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