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God: Fighter for the Unborn and Forgiver of the Repentant *Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from Countercultural Living: What Jesus Has to Say About Life, Marriage, Race, Gender, and Materialism.  Starting with the death of Abel, God distinguishes between those who are killed by others and deaths that occur in situations such as wars, accidental deaths, and government-mandated capital punishment. Exodus 20:3–17 lists the... Photo of Carol M. SwainCarol M. Swain
9/11: A Scary Realization and a Needed Prayer It was a scary realization: We are hated. If you were old enough to take in what was happening on 9/11, you remember snapshots of horror and heroism. Horror: Planes full of people bulleting into towers full of people. Skyline of smoke. Jumping from top stories. Dazed and debris-blown survivors. Bloody stretchers. Heroism: First responders... Photo of Renew.orgRenew.org
5 Types of Miracles *Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from Truth About God: What Can We Know and How Can We Know It?  Not all miracles are alike.[1] So what are the different types? I think it’s useful to distinguish five types of miracles: (1) creational miracles, (2) sustaining miracles, (3) providential miracles, (4) predictive miracles, and... Photo of Richard KnoppRichard Knopp
6 Things You Can Do with Truth Raising toddler boys is a blast—but it’s also given me a front-row seat to the art of creative misuse. Their strong imaginations have taught me that anything can be used as anything other than what it’s supposed to be used for. A plate becomes a frisbee. Permanent markers become crayons for walls. Indoor plants become... Photo of Daniel McCoyDaniel McCoy
Sermon on the Mount: Lust and Objectification In our culture, sexual morality hinges entirely on consent. If you don’t have it, sex is bad. If you do have it, anything goes. Biblically, sexual morality hinges on whether the relationship mirrors God’s relationship with his people (Eph. 5:25-32). (This is not surprising since we’ve been emphasizing that biblical morality, in general, is about... Photo of Jeremy BaconJeremy Bacon
4 Ways to Wreck Your Understanding of Scripture *Editor’s Note: Misinterpreting the Bible can lead to serious, even eternal, damage. So, it’s vital to learn the skill of biblical interpretation. I got to catch up with Michael DeFazio, Professor of New Testament and Hermeneutics at Ozark Christian College, and ask him some questions about biblical interpretation. In this section of our conversation, I... Photo of Michael DeFazioMichael DeFazio
5 Ways to Close to the Distance Between Us and the World of the Bible *Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from God’s Word: The Inspiration and Authority of Scripture.  Since the Bible is an ancient document, there are distances we need to try to close in order to have a proper understanding of the original meaning. It is much like crossing a bridge to another world so as... Photo of Orpheus J. HeywardOrpheus J. Heyward
When Evangelism Doesn’t Work Silence is a finicky thing. In the forest, silence is a beautiful thing. After a sales pitch, silence is long and uncomfortable. After a gospel presentation, silence is heartbreaking. Silence combined with deadness of face, just for a second, was the worst experience I’ve felt in a long time. Two young women sat in my... Photo of Jonathan CieckaJonathan Ciecka
Harvard and a Civilization Built in the Clouds I am a Star Wars fan, but I am not a Star Wars fanatic. There’s a substantial difference. The biggest difference is that fans appreciate the movies for what they are. Fanatics obsess over what the movies could be. One point that most Star Wars fans agree on is that The Empire Strikes Back is... Photo of Chad RagsdaleChad Ragsdale
5 Insights Jason Whitlock Has Given Me About Being a Disciple of Jesus I have been a lead pastor for three churches for a total of 34 years; additionally, I am an author of discipleship books and the founder or co-founder of three national disciple making networks: Renew.org, Discipleship.org, and the Relational Discipleship Network. Many church leaders around the country look to me to help them think through... Photo of Bobby HarringtonBobby Harrington
How to Tell the Story of the Bible in 7 Kingdoms It’s odd that the Bible’s good news is yet another kingdom (Mark 1:14). The track record of kingdoms is awful. Biblical history had told the story of kingdom after kingdom which had turned out to be disasters. A way to outline biblical history is to tell the story of seven kingdoms, and most of the... Photo of Daniel McCoyDaniel McCoy
Is Your Church Healthy? Let’s Be Careful… How would you feel if a consultant came in to evaluate your church and delivered a report like this one? I have seen all that your church is doing. I saw your love for each other. I saw your faith, your service to each other and to the community around you. I saw your hard... Photo of Gordon ThompsonGordon Thompson
Where Is the Kingdom of God in the Old Testament? *Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from Kingdom Life: Experiencing God’s Reign Through Love and Holiness. The kingdom of God is birthed in the creation story. The picture of Adam, Eve, and the garden are a microcosmic foreshadowing of the kingdom. As we imaginatively venture into the majestic garden, planted by God himself, we... Photo of Kelvin TeamerKelvin Teamer
Learning Faithful Faith from the Church in Niger “And when [the Holy Spirit] comes, he will convince the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment.” (John 16:8) The Holy Spirit creates an amazing contrast for the world. He brings the dead back to life, and He replaces a sinful nature with the divine nature of Jesus Christ.... Photo of Jake SutherlinJake Sutherlin
Learning to Pray: Rejoice (Part 2 of P.R.A.Y.) Prayer is more challenging than we’d like to admit. At its most basic elements, prayer is having a conversation with God. Sounds easy enough. But what if you don’t know what to say? What if you never hear anything from God? What if you get distracted? It’s easy to see where things fall apart. We... Photo of Joshua BranhamJoshua Branham
5 Bible Verses on My Mind as I Watch Afghanistan Crumble “The Taliban are now in control.” Those are the words one Afghan Christian whispered to Mark Morris, leader of Refugee Memphis, as they sang worship songs in church last Sunday. They were in the middle of singing “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” when the news came, yet they finished the song like always with,... Photo of Daniel McCoyDaniel McCoy
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