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This Is Why Switchfoot Won’t Sing Christian Songs Anymore

Singer Jon Foreman was asked if Switchfoot is a “Christian” band, and his response is definitely something worth reading. This is such an incredible story! I love seeing “faith” driven bands step outside of their comfort zones for the sake of reaching more people. “To be honest, this question grieves me because I feel that…

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Holy Relics: The Church Pew

Every Wednesday in Holy Relics, Martyn Jones explores artifacts unique to Christian subculture. Unlike the Lord, they are hard and unforgiving. Wherever two or three hundred are gathered, there they will be also. The Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head, but his followers will have somewhere to rest their behinds, even unto the end…

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When Pastors Fall: Why Full and Public Repentance Matters

Pastor scandals happen. Needless to say, I don't say that with any enthusiasm. In fact, it is greatly discouraging to me, but it's true nonetheless. Furthermore, this is not just a recent phenomenon, though the evangelical world has been filled with reports over the last few months. It's just disheartening. Pastors have a responsibility to…

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I Love My Black Letter Bible

With the way some Christians talk, you might be forgiven for wondering why the canon includes more than four books. Sure, the Old Testament is useful in tracing the development of human reflection on the divine, and the New Testament in conveying the thoughts of some of Jesus' earliest followers. But if you really want to…

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Youth Sports on Sundays: A Paradigm Shift

Jesus Christ understood the concept that if you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done before. When Jesus was about to ascend into Heaven, He told his disciples: "you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in…

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Grow in Grace at the Table

The Lord’s Supper is an extraordinary meal. To be sure, it is simply an ordinary means of God’s grace to his church, but as eating and drinking go, it can be an unusually powerful experience. Along with baptism, the Supper is one of Jesus’s two specially instituted sacraments for the signifying, sealing, and strengthening of…

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Keep “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, Say Most Americans

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—In 1954, the United States Congress added the words “under God” to the country’s Pledge of Allegiance. Sixty years later, most Americans would like to keep it that way, despite ongoing legal challenges to the pledge. A lawsuit filed against a New Jersey school district on March 28 contends that reciting the phrase “under God”…

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News Release: John the Baptist’s Beheading

In other news today, a popular prophet who had a longstanding ministry by the Jordan River where he baptized the repentant was executed by beheading, under the orders of King Herod. John, whose nickname was “the Baptizer,” was known for his unusual clothing and eating habits, along with a fiery style of preaching reminiscent of…

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The Battle of the Bible Films

It's not often that moviegoers can go to the multiplex and catch a film that begins with Adam and Eve and the forbidden fruit. But this spring, many theaters are showing two films that start at the very beginning—of everything. In Son of God, which came out in late February and grossed more than $56 million…

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China on Course to Become 'World's Most Christian Nation'

The Story:  The number of Christians in Communist China is growing so steadily that by 2030 it could have more churchgoers than America, reports The Telegraph. The Background: The People's Republic of China remains, at least officially, an atheist country. But the number of Protestant Christians in China has grown from one million in 1949 to more than 49…

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Six Reasons Pastors Should Not Quit Their Jobs on Monday

I've heard it countless times from pastors: "I quit my job almost every Monday." Of course, it's typically a tongue-in-cheek statement regarding the letdown many pastors feel after Sunday. But most pastors say these words with a little bit of truth. They really do feel the struggles and challenges of being pastor more on Monday…

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Reconsidering the Gun Raffle: A Talk with “2nd Amendment Celebration” Pastor, Chuck McAlister

There’s a certain type of evangelism that makes Christians uncomfortable. When churches attract teens with Halo 3 game nights,draw in New Agers with tarot card ministries, build tattoo parlors in churches, or hold worship in bars, we bristle. The motivation behind such ministries—to cater to an unsaved audience’s culture, hobbies, worldview, or interests—forces us to ask an important question: to…

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