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  • The Blessings of Religious Liberty and the Positives of Persecution

    Mark Creech

    I once knew a pastor who has since passed away, who was always concerned his parishioners understood and appreciated the privileges of religious liberty. One Sunday, during the celebration of a July 4th weekend, he totally surprised his congregation with a living illustration.

  • The Scandal of Christianity

    John stonestreet

    And no amount of calm will dissuade critics, such as the Lynn, Massachusetts, school board member who compared Gordon College to the KKK and dismissed their work among the city's poorer children out of hand. In the end, no matter how "nice" we are, our faith in Jesus and our faithfulness to His teaching will be a scandal to the world. And we are and will be treated accordingly.

  • From Serving Others to Serving Self: Dealing With Tectonic Cultural Shifts

    John stonestreet

    Most people who look at the cultural decline of the United States will say it started in the 1960s with the sexual revolution and the drug culture. But according to New York Times columnist David Brooks, it began not in the psychedelic Sixties, but in the frumpy Forties.

  • A Baltimorean's Reflections On the Baltimore Riots

    Tony Magliano

    Whether it's on an individual, city, national, or international level, violence always dishonors God, and makes bad situations worse. The recent Baltimore City riots were no exception: people were injured, neighborhood stores were burned, and violence was further engrained into a city and world already steeped in violence.

  • The Future of Freedom Hinges on Faith

    Ken Connor

    A recent report from the Pew Research Center confirms my fears. Entitled, The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050: Why Muslims Are Rising Fastest and the Unaffiliated Are Shrinking as a Share of the World's Population.

  • 9 Stupid Things I Did as a Pastor

    Thom Rainer

    1. I neglected my prayer life and time in the Word too often. It sounds absolutely insane as I write it, but I got too busy for God. As a consequence, I operated out of my own insufficient power too many times.

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