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Category: Theology

religion

A new Pew Research Center survey of opinion about the importance of religion in American life shows an interesting picture. Over the last 12 years, the percentage of Americans that think religion is losing influence in American life has increased dramatically. In 2002, 52 percent of those surveyed said religion is losing influence. In 2014,…

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believe-me

Most Christian movies are made with two audiences in mind. The first and primary audience is the Christian market. The goal for this market is mostly one of affirmation. Some approximation of Scriptural truth is woven into the fabric of a morality tale about the rewards of belief and the wages of sin. It feels…

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mumford

It seems to be a growing trend—people who claim to love Jesus but don’t want to call themselves Christians. The latest to stake a claim for not staking a claim is Marcus Mumford, the front man of the wildly popular Mumford & Sons, whose Christian-themed lyrics have been a source of fascination to believers and…

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thesong

Faith-based films are becoming more and more like real movies, not just cinematic sermonettes. Better still, many Hollywood actors looking for roles of substance are embracing film characters that depict the spiritual nature of mankind. Greg Kinnear brought a gravitas to the film “Heaven Is for Real.” Reese Witherspoon took basically a supporting role in…

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praydown

Musician and advice columnist Andrew W.K. recently made waves with a column encouraging an apparent atheist to pray for a brother recently diagnosed with cancer. Responding to a letter from someone (referred to as “Not Gonna Pray”) who described struggling with members of his family advocating for prayer, W.K. suggested that “Not Gonna Pray” should…

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bono

In the first song on U2’s new album – “Songs of Innocence” – the singer once known as Bono Vox sings the praises of the punk prophet who led his teenaged self out of confusion into stage-stomping confidence. “The Miracle [Of Joey Ramone]” proclaims: “I was young, not dumb. Just wishing to be blinded, by…

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fightchurch

Meet the pastors who punch. New York-based Paul Burress is at the forefront of Daniel Junge and Bryan Storkel’s new documentary “Fight Church” which sheds light on a growing number of American pastors participating in pastor versus pastor MMA-style fights across the country. “When we set out to make the film, we were focusing on…

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pentecostal

How do you document encounters with the Holy Spirit? It’s a tough question: Religious experiences are intensely personal, and people have different frames of reference for understanding transcendence. It’s possible that a devout Christian might report an experience that’s qualitatively similar to that of an atheist standing atop Mount Fuji: an ephemeral feeling of otherness,…

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shane

Shane Claiborne has championed non-violent protest, insisting it is the only way to guarantee “genuine, lasting change.” In a piece posted on his Facebook page, Claiborne, who is renowned for speaking publicly on peacemaking and social justice, writes of the power of engaging in non-violent demonstrations and movements. “Nonviolence has the power to expose injustice…

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edu

“I would advise no one to send his child where the Holy Scriptures are not supreme.” Martin Luther’s bold admonition reflects the teachings of both the Old and the New Testament. Throughout the Bible, God differentiates between light and darkness, wisdom and ignorance, saved and unsaved, and Jesus himself clearly teaches that, “he who is…

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art

The church was once the workshop for the greatest art the world has ever known. Past tense. Wander through an ancient cathedral. Rest in front of a Renaissance painting. Listen to a 19th century hymn. All of these are amazing feats of art inspired from a desire to lead creation toward its Creator. Where are…

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