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Jul 16, 2018
Crisis

Helping Teenagers and Children Cope Spiritually and Emotionally after a Crisis Like the Thai Cave Rescue

Odds of being trapped in a cave like the Thai soccer boys is rare – but childhood trauma is not.
Helping Teenagers and Children Cope Spiritually and Emotionally after a Crisis Like the Thai Cave Rescue
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People from around the globe celebrated the heroic rescue of the Thai boys’ soccer team this week. Statistically speaking the odds of being trapped in a cave like the Thai soccer boys is rare.

But numerous national studies have shown trauma is more common in childhood than ...

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Jul 11, 2018
Supreme Court

Brett Kavanaugh Is a Troubling Supreme Court Pick for Black Christians

I long for the days when Supreme Court judges weren’t viewed as representing a particular ideology.
Brett Kavanaugh Is a Troubling Supreme Court Pick for Black Christians
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Having worked with Ed Stetzer for the past two years, one thing I have always appreciated about him is his willingness to deal with issues many Evangelicals avoid. His strong stance on immigration issues, the #MeToo movement, and mass incarceration is refreshing. He has used ...

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Jul 9, 2018
Supreme Court

Brett Kavanaugh Is a Good Supreme Court Pick and the Reason Many Voted for Trump

A more conservative court is good for America in many ways.
Brett Kavanaugh Is a Good Supreme Court Pick and the Reason Many Voted for Trump
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I am glad that President Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Of course, once you say such a thing, half the country flies into a rage.

Last night, I tweeted, “I am glad @RealDonaldTrump will be nominating the next Supreme Court Justice, rather than ...

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Jul 9, 2018
Meritocracy

The Implications of Meritocracy on the Church: Grace Erased for Incarcerated Individuals

Punishment devoid of grace is not justice, but vengeance.
The Implications of Meritocracy on the Church: Grace Erased for Incarcerated Individuals
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We gather weekly to worship God, giving honor, praise, and glory to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We declare the goodness of God through prayers, songs, and sermons. We thank God for the unceasing love, mercy, and grace that’s been extended to us, singing hymns of ...

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Jul 7, 2018
Singing

One-on-One with Keith Getty on Congregational Singing in the Global Church

The very act of congregational worship is a symbol of unity

Ed: Where do your ideas come from when you write?

Keith Getty: What a wonderful question. Two things, and both are related to my Irish upbringing. First, my musical childhood was church music, classical music, and whatever influences of Irish “folk” music I imbibed. ...

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Jun 26, 2018
Abortion, free speech

Stopping Government Overreach: SCOTUS Rules Against California and for the Free Speech of Pro-Life Alternatives

One of the central rights of the constitution is freedom of expression, particularly as it relates to religion.
Stopping Government Overreach: SCOTUS Rules Against California and for the Free Speech of Pro-Life Alternatives
Image: By West ga obgyn (Baby) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

Today the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) in a case likely to have significant impact in debates on abortion and free speech. The Court agreed with NIFLA that a California law requiring license pro-life pregnancy centers ...

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Jun 18, 2018
Violent Extremism

The Increase of Women’s Involvement in Violent Extremism

Christians must reach out to their Muslims neighbors and together prevent extremist abuse and violence.
The Increase of Women’s Involvement in Violent Extremism

While there is growing interest in the #METOO and #TIMESUP movements, and rightly so, we must not forget the women who are subjected to religious-based violence every day of their lives. Gender equality is not only defined by glass ceilings, pay raises, and workplace sexual ...

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Jun 11, 2018
Family

Lending Our Voice to Family — It’s More Important than Government

Undocumented immigrants need to still be treated in line with the values of our country.
Lending Our Voice to Family — It’s More Important than Government

If you started your summer vacation early, chances are you missed the story about the 1,500 missing migrant children. Over the past few weeks, countless news agencies led with headlines accusing the U.S. government of losing 1,500 immigrant children. People all over the country ...

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Jun 4, 2018
religious liberty, Supreme Court

Religious Liberty Takes the Cake: Supreme Court Speaks up for Religious Liberty, But Where Were Many Fellow Christians?

Supreme Court rules 7-2 in favor of Jack Phillips, doing the right thing. But there is more work to do.
Religious Liberty Takes the Cake: Supreme Court Speaks up for Religious Liberty, But Where Were Many Fellow Christians?
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Today, in a 7-2 ruling, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Jack Phillips and the Masterpiece Cake Shop. It’s not the ruling that many wanted, but it does rule that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission was inapporpriately hostile toward Phillip’s religious liberty ...

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May 29, 2018
culture

20 Truths from Trevin Wax’s This Is Our Time

Evangelism is not just convincing people the gospel is true but also that it is better.
20 Truths from Trevin Wax’s This Is Our Time

  1. Christians who shine the light of the gospel on the myths of our world do not simply say, “This is right and this is wrong,” but “This is better.” The gospel tells a better story. Yes, the gospel exposes the lies we believe and promote in society, but once our eyes adjust to its brightness, we discover how the gospel also answers our deeper longings in ways that surprise us. Evangelism is not just convincing people the gospel is true but also that it is better. (12)
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May 25, 2018
Faith

20 Truths from Faith Among the Faithless

The life the Bible offers is not one that is safe from the tragedies of the world, but one in which God suffers with us and accompanies us through our hardships.
20 Truths from Faith Among the Faithless

1. Secularism denies real transcendence. It might allow for the possibility of the experience of transcendence, but it must explain it via these material causes: What we call transcendence or religious experience is actually some combination of good hormones and happy neurons ...

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May 8, 2018
Culture

The Legacy of Scripture in the Latino(a) Protestant Church in America

“If we don’t tell our stories, then who will?”
The Legacy of Scripture in the Latino(a) Protestant Church in America
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Who Will Tell Our Stories?

When we don’t know the past, we tend to make assumptions that don’t historically line up with the facts. I’ve been guilty of this kind of thinking as it pertains to my heritage—the story of the Latino(a) Protestant church in ...

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May 5, 2018
missions

Multiple Faces of India

If religious nationalism is at the heart of India’s social and political uprising, what then is core to the spiritual renewals taking place in so many places and among so many peoples?
Multiple Faces of India

Two dramatically divergent pictures of India appear in this country of astounding complexity, variety, and opportunity. The first is that in 2017 the government of India forced Compassion International to shut down its services to 145,000 children, lay off its 580 staff, and ...

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May 1, 2018

Our Call: Missionaries in a Secular Land

The reality is, Christians are interlopers. We are strangers and foreigners.
Our Call: Missionaries in a Secular Land
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As Christians, I believe we should always be more driven by our missionary identity than we are by our national identity, our political identity, our environmental identity, our social identity, or even our church identity.

Don’t get me wrong. We ought to love our church. ...

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Apr 17, 2018
Chick-fil-A

Creepy Chick-fil-A and New York(er) Values: The Shock (and Slander) are Getting Old

The treatment the fast food restaurant has received for its “pervasive Christian traditionalism” is getting old and tired.
Creepy Chick-fil-A and New York(er) Values: The Shock (and Slander) are Getting Old
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Just a few days ago, an article was published in The New Yorker discussing the “infiltration” of a certain fast food brand throughout Manhattan: Chick-fil-A.

The headline says they are creepy, but probably not in the way that some people talk about, say immigrant ...

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