Culture

Arguing Over Politics (From a guy who needs to stop)

Ferguson, ISIS, the Affordable Care Act, “discrimination laws” — there is no shortage of turmoil in our world and no shortage of suggested “solutions” to the problem. I would also assume that many of you have been driven to rage at the Facebook status of someone who just doesn’t “get it.” Regardless of which side of the political spectrum you lean, you believe your conservative/liberal policies are obviously best, and only a complete dunderhead would disagree. But what if I…

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Christians and Injustice, Anger, and Compassion

This article was written for the Baptist Trumpet and was primarily aimed at an audience of members of the BMA of America. Also, this article really has nothing to do with Batman.  Not a day goes by without seeing some kind of turmoil on the news. These past few days have been exceptionally bad. ISIS is committing genocide. In my home state of Missouri, an unarmed young black man was killed in Ferguson several days ago, and there has been rioting and…

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The Giant Hole in My Apologetic

Although I believe that apologetics ministries are very important in our world as a way of “preparing the soil” for evangelism, I think there is another area that is much more important. While the specialty field of  “apologetics” often involves using philosophy, science, existential experience etc. to defend the reasonableness of the Christian faith, an apologetic is simply an explanation or a defense of a belief. Any time someone tries to explain why they believe — or even clarify what…

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No-bite Christianity

As John David Smith reported at the BMA of America National meeting, the United States is one of the only countries in the world where, overall, the church is in decline. There are plenty of theories available  as to why this is happening, but here is one more anyway. As a whole, I think American churches fit the cliché “all bark and no bite.” I actually think there are a great number of pastors who preach good doctrine. We have…

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YAY! Another “Noah” Review!

I liked it. I cannot remember a movie that has had a wider range of opinions coming from people who seem to hold the same religious beliefs as “Noah.” I’m not talking about a difference in opinion between atheists and Christians, or even between denominations. I’m saying that if you go ask three different Baptists what they thought about “Noah,” you will probably get three vastly different opinions. Many of you are likely to think that my opinion is garbage.…

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An Honest Review of God’s Not Dead

First of all, I ask that you don’t read this review unless you are going to read the whole thing, word-for-word until the end. Of course this is all just my opinion, but if you care to know what I think, I want to be sure you don’t think I think something I don’t think. Got it? If you’re unfamiliar the plot of God’s Not Dead revolves around a Christian student defending the existence of God against his atheist philosophy…

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Lies the Church Believes Part 2: God Would Never Ask Me to Do Anything “Irresponsible”

I don’t think I can say it any better than David Platt does, so I’m just going to use his metaphor: If we’re going to call Jesus “Lord,” He demands that we give Him a “blank check” of our lives. This means that in all things, Jesus decides. Jesus, not we, decides where we live, what job we have, what car we drive (if any), what kind of house we live in, how much money we make, what level of…

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Lies the Church has Adopted Part 1: Sex and Marriage are the Real Sources of Fulfillment

American culture is sex-obsessed, and so are a lot of churches. We just manifest this obsession in a different way. I am convinced that the vast, vast majority of American church-goers have unknowingly adopted the mainstream view that sexual gratification is necessary to live a fulfilled, happy life. We just add the caveat that you need to be married first. If we don’t want to talk so openly about sex being ultimate, we certainly don’t have any qualms about placing…

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With all Your Mind?

In my opinion, loving the Lord with all your mind is the most widely neglected principle in the church today. It is often referred to as “the greatest commandment” — “… You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matt. 22:37 ESV). (Other reports of this command include “and with all your strength.”) Unfortunately, most Christians have a hard time obeying this rule in all three key…

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The Reality of Grammy Idols

I was so utterly discouraged Wednesday after my talk to nearly 150 teen girls, I couldn’t even write this article.  I couldn’t look at their evaluations of my program and I couldn’t understand why I couldn’t overcome my despair.  I was spent. See, mid-day on Monday I began preparing for my speech to this group.   Since I am now in my thirties — can’t believe I’m saying that —I thought it might be a good idea to do a little…

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