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Category: Theology

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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Wayward

The year of faith-based films continues with the upcoming release of “Wayward: The Prodigal Son” – based on the popular biblical parable of a lost child returning home. The film “tells the story of Tyler McMillan, a pampered rich kid who gets it all and almost loses everything, including his own life,” a press release…

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liotta

New in theaters is the faith based movie The Identical, starring well-known Hollywood actors Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, Seth Green and Joe Pantoliano, as well as musician-turned-actor Blake Rayne, who was interviewed separately. It’s a period drama centered on a young man with incredible musical talent who has an identical rock-star brother he doesn’t know.…

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happiness

It is evident there are many in the body of Christ who attempt to integrate their Christian faith with the pursuit of happiness. Some have even gone so far as to have a theology of happiness, in which they obey or disobey Scripture based on what gives them the most happiness. Several years ago a…

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ip6

In a packed auditorium in California a congregation is forming. It is a sacred space. People wait in anticipation for the latest revelation from their leader. Many have travelled long distances and famous faces line the congregation as well as the stage. Today’s sermon is delivered, without notes, with energy and enthusiasm. The congregation is…

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