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Feb 14, 2018
olympics, eric liddell, chariots of fire

The Olympics Have Begun! What Can We Learn from the Top Athletes?

Is physical activity, like running, swimming, and dancing, an act of worship unto the Lord?
The Olympics Have Begun! What Can We Learn from the Top Athletes?
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Just last week, the torch in Pyeonchang, South Korea, was lit; the 2018 Winter Olympic Games have begun. Over the next week or so, the world will watch as teams compete in a myriad of events from bobsledding to biathlons across the snowy slopes.

Athletic events like this are ...

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Feb 12, 2018
perfection, millenial, evangelism, insecurity

The Critical Role of Name-Calling in Our Witness: You Are ‘Beloved’

Perfectionism is just chronic insecurity in disguise.
The Critical Role of Name-Calling in Our Witness: You Are ‘Beloved’
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Before the advent of social media, many in the previous generation used their parents’ basements to start rock bands and Fortune 500 companies that would go on to rock the world. The late Steve Jobs started Apple in his parents’ garage in 1987. Apple is now the most ...

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Feb 4, 2018
super bowl, eagles, patriots

Super Bowl LII Brings Bold Testimonies of Faith and Many Opportunities for Prayer

NFL players leverage their visibility to fight human trafficking and pediatric cancer.

Super Bowl LII is today and football fans across the country will gather around their television screens to watch the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles battle it out at U.S. Bank Stadium. Nachos and wings in hand, one thing’s for sure: we’re in for quite ...

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Jan 30, 2018
pro-life, pro-choice, congress, progressive

Dear 'Whole-Life' Progressive Evangelicals, Did You Forget 'Pro-Life' and the Unborn?

Progressive evangelicals must speak into the abortion debate.

On Monday, the Senate voted on a bill—the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act—that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The ballots were cast and counted and ended in a vote of 51-46—an insufficient tally to end the Democratic filibuster ...

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Jan 30, 2018
evangelical, evangelicalism, race, racial unity

Inside Evangelicalism—On Being Black and Tired… Yet Hopeful

The problem of the color line remains.

The Color Line

In his classic work The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. Dubois addresses the biggest problem in America, writing, “The problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color line.”

Dubois’ words ring truer today than ever before. The color line ...

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Jan 24, 2018
pro-life, pro-choice, march for life

Unapologetically Pro-Life—From the Moment of Conception Until the Last Breath on Earth

Being pro-life goes from the womb to the tomb, and Christians need to be unapologetic about those values.

Two Sundays ago I spoke at the Chicago March for Life, where several thousand people gathered to celebrate life and speak out on behalf of the thousands of unborn lives lost in America each year.

If you haven’t yet, take a look at the figures sometime—they’re ...

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Jan 19, 2018
White House, Health and Human Services, Religious Freedom

Overreach Is the Part of Obama’s Legacy That Trump Should Undo. And He Is.

HHS Announces New Conscience and Religious Freedom Division

Today, the Trump administration rolled back some Obama administration rules and changed how the government would approach religious and conscience objections.

The Washinton Post reported:

The document released describes an approach to conscience and religious protections that ...

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Jan 18, 2018
opioid, addiction, national health crisis

The Church’s Response to the Opioid Crisis: Practical Tool Kit for Faith-Based Leaders

A new resource from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

This past fall, President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a national emergency. This came in response to a commission report that stated the country was “enduring a death toll equal to September 11th, every three weeks.”

Overdosing on drugs, especially opioids ...

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Jan 16, 2018
persecution, persecuted church

What Persecution Is, and Isn’t, and How to Respond to Open Doors’ 2018 World Watch List

Our misuse of 'persecution' disrespects believers for whom any public reference of their faith could mean death.

Having just come out of the holiday season, many of you will likely remember recent rhetoric surrounding a certain conflict—one that some have called the “war on Christmas.” For those of you who aren’t aware or haven’t heard the news, some Christians ...

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Jan 15, 2018
simone biles, harvey weinstein, meryl streep, me too

Simone Biles, #MeToo, and How Christians Must Respond

This is a problem we all must address.
Simone Biles, #MeToo, and How Christians Must Respond
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Just tonight, Olympic gymnast Simone Biles joined the chorus of women who’ve bravely brought their stories of abuse into the public light. Biles, 20, made this announcement detailing the ways her former team doctor, Larry Nassar, abused both her and other teammates.

#MeToo, ...

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Jan 15, 2018
king, graham, gospel, social justic

Billy Graham, Martin Luther King Jr., and Having a Dream

Lessons from the life of Dr. King
Billy Graham, Martin Luther King Jr., and Having a Dream
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Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day—a Monday dedicated each year to celebrating the legacy of a man who labored tirelessly for racial equality.

As the Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, I’ve naturally taken particular interest in a certain ...

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Jan 11, 2018
Andy Savage, Highpoint Church, Memphis, abuse, assault

If you are getting weary of more sexual assault allegations coming out every day, you are not alone. The #MeToo campaign is shining a spotlight on widespread misogynistic behavior, ranging from unprofessional to full-scale assault.

As overwhelming as this feels, it pales in comparison ...

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Jan 9, 2018
social media, facebook, twitter, instagram, cyberspace

We Are the Light of the (Cyber) World: Let’s Act Like It

Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly...online
We Are the Light of the (Cyber) World: Let’s Act Like It
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Dr. Ed Stetzer wrote a post not too long ago declaring that we are a sent people. He reminds us that Jesus “is calling for those who will go into their neighborhoods and communities to bring the liberating and reconciling message of Jesus.” To this, I say, “Amen!” ...

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Jan 4, 2018
FEMA, hurricane harvey, first amendment

Fairness for FEMA Funds: FEMA Changes Its Disaster Rules for Churches

Churches are now eligible for disaster aid.
Fairness for FEMA Funds: FEMA Changes Its Disaster Rules for Churches
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Many remember the three Texas churches that sustained structural damage during Hurricane Harvey who later sued the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for denying them disaster relief grants. The suit was heard in federal court and we finally have a result of sorts: FEMA ...

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Dec 31, 2017
sundry, assorted, disparate, divergent

Top 10 Posts of 2017

It's that time of year.

(10) Hank Hanegraaff’s Switch to Eastern Orthodoxy, Why People Make Such Changes, and Four Ways Evangelicals Might Respond

Let’s follow Jesus, keep sharing the simple gospel, focus on the Bible, and think like missionaries in order to translate that truth to our modern ...

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