DEATH IN NEW ZEALAND

Four Christian Reflections on Violence

Fifty people died in shooting attacks last Friday at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Another fifty were wounded. Our world seems to be dying in a sea of violence and hatred. What did Jesus really say about the kind of systemic hatred and violence that seems to be engulfing our […]

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CHEATER! CHEATER!

Three BIG Problems with Cheating

The college entrance cheating scam has probably just scratched the surface. If it was happening at the elite universities so far discovered, it’s probably happening at others. Some are justifiably outraged. I think a lot of people are shrugging their shoulders and saying, no big surprise. Money doesn’t talk – it screams. What did Jesus […]

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CHRISTIAN CELEBRATION

Seven Ways to Practice Celebration

The latest polls indicate that the popularity of Jesus is on the rise, while that of his followers is in rapid decline. The world looks at Christians and doesn’t see anything very attractive. In part, there are too many angry Christians who walk around with a frown on their faces. That’s unfortunate because one of […]

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CONFESSION AS LIBERATION

The Liberating Act of Taking Sin Seriously

Jesus’ central mission was to clear a path for God’s forgiveness. At the heart of God’s relationship to us is his desire to give and forgive. That forgiveness comes to us when we repent, confess our sins, and ask God to forgive us. Confession is liberating! What is the critical role of confession for the […]

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RADICAL SUBMISSION

Six Ways to Practice Submission

Submission is a dirty word in our culture. It conjures up images of abuse, enslavement, or oppressive control. We have a strong aversion to anything that smacks of authoritarianism or autocratic control. Yet, the Scriptures call us, again and again, to be submissive. What does that mean?   What is Submission? Our natural aversion to […]

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THE HUMAN DIGNITY PROBLEM

Little Miss Sunshine and the Nature of Human Dignity

Human dignity is everywhere under assault. It is perhaps the greatest sign of the broken nature of humanity. The fact that we turn a blind eye to the cold and calculating destruction of human dignity points to a much deeper pain in the human psyche. What did Jesus say about human dignity?   Jesus and Human […]

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HOW TO PRAY FOR YOUR CHILDREN

Six Psalms to Pray Over Your Children (or Grandchildren)

The world can be a scary place. The toughest, strongest person isn’t immune to an occasional bout with fear. It stands to reason that it can be extremely difficult for a child. What can you do to help your child navigate the scariest parts of life?   Can I Protect My Children? How do I […]

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A CHRISTIAN RESPONSE TO ADVERSARIES

Four Ways to Speak Your Truth to Your Pro-Choice Friends

Do you ever get tired of fighting? The decimal level of the national conversation is shrill. As soon as one controversial issue dies down another is resurrected in its place. It’s hard to listen when everyone is red-faced, eyes-bulging angry. What is a Christian response in such an environment?   Jesus and the Spirit of […]

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THE SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE DAY

A Biblical-Theological Foundation for the Sanctity of Life

Last Tuesday was the National Sanctity of Human Life Day, an observance declared originally by U.S. President Ronald Reagan in 1984 and several subsequent Presidents who opposed abortion. It is typically proclaimed on or near the anniversary of Roe v. Wade (the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized most abortions). There is no small amount of […]

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A CHRISTIAN RESPONSE TO THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

Six Ways to Respond When Nothing Seems to Be Working

The partial government shutdown is now in its fourth week and some are starting to feel the effects. Both sides of the political spectrum have crystallized around their position, and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. There are, on both sides, some who are attempting to compromise, but for now, they are […]

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