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One might think that the District of Columbia, our nation’s capital, would be particularly vigilant in defending the freedoms fundamental to American life. Unfortunately, the District’s City Council has now seen fit to intervene into the life of religious institutions and insist that such institutions handle some topics in ways amenable to the Council’s opinions.…

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That Jesus Isn’t Human Cherith Fee Nordling Christians profess Jesus Christ as the Son of God. Scripture, the historic creedal traditions, and the church’s worship robustly intersect at this point. However, when we examine what it means that Jesus is God’s Son, it’s not long before some common misperceptions—let’s be frank, false teachings—come to light.…

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In 1985, Charisma ran a cover story about Karl Strader with the headline: “This man stepped out in faith and built a 10,000-seat church in a city of 58,000.” Now, only 30 years later, the Carpenter’s Home Church building, which cost $9 million to erect, is being torn down and the property will be converted into a retirement facility.…

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In his final letter, Paul charges Timothy, his son in the faith, to “do the work of an evangelist” (2 Tim. 4:5). By these words, the aged Apostle establishes the timeless standard for pastoral ministry, not only for young Timothy but for all pastors in every generation and in every place. With Apostolic authority, this imperative…

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It’s an ironic headline, considering how hard this Florida beach town is trying to tame Spring Break. Panama City has more churches than it has bars—but one church has positioned itself more like a strip club than a sanctuary for the season. Yes, really. The Panama City News Herald shows photos of The Life Center’s banner inviting youth to…

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In Monday’s blog, I shared about the first step of choosing obedience in the fight against pornography. Today, I’d like to talk about changing our behavior—and how it’s possible through the power we have in Christ One night as a young pastor I chose to view pornography. I felt terrible. I’d failed my Lord, my wife,…

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This is the fifth installment in the “Whatever” series on a biblical view of the arts, drawn from Philippians 4:8. If you missed the last four articles, you can read them here: Whatever is True, Whatever is Honorable, Whatever is Just, and Whatever is Pure. Whatever is Lovely It would be easy to assume that no one needs instruction in…

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In The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Grand Inquisitor offers this insight into fallen human nature: “So long as man remains free he strives for nothing so incessantly and so painfully as to find someone to worship.” Though the Grand Inquisitor falls far short as a reliable guide to theology, at this point he is surely correct.…

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At least 14 people have been killed and nearly 80 others were injured in two church bombings carried out by a Pakistani Taliban splinter group on Sunday in the Christian neighborhood of Youhanabad, Lahore. The Catholic faithful are marking a “day of prayer for the innocent lives of the martyrs” on Monday to honor the victims. Reuters reported that the…

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