Perspectives

  • The church in Lake Iznik | A faith that outlasts the ages

    A discovery in Turkey [the church in Lake Iznik]  reveals a faith that has endured the ages, outlasting persecution, heretics…and even rising water. One of my favorite things to talk about is biblical archaeology. It’s inspiring to see the events…

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  • Ten Commandments

    Should we unhitch from the Ten Commandments?

    Is all the Bible relevant to a Christian worldview? One well-known pastor recently suggested it isn’t. But I beg to differ. What’s the only passage in Scripture personally written down by God? If you answered “the Ten Commandments,” you’re right…

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  • Andrew Stoecklein

    A pastor’s suicide | An all-too familiar story

    This is getting to be an all-too-familiar story. On August 26, Andrew Stoecklein, the lead pastor of Inland Hills Church in Chino, California, took his own life. He was only thirty years old. Stoecklein was married and had three children.…

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  • All the cool girls are transitioning | An epidemic of teenage gender confusion

    Peer pressure almost never pushes teenagers to good places. Recently, it’s been pushing them to the gender clinic. We’ve all seen teenagers—especially girls—adopt new fashions en masse. Their friends are doing it, so they do too. It’s true of music, clothes, those…

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  • Willow Creek Community Church

    How Willow Creek exposed our sins

    The past few months have been filled with stories of pastoral failure — for Protestants and Catholics alike. These stories inundate our social media feeds, causing outrage and heartache but rarely self-reflection. Once in a while, however, a story hits…

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  • When LGBT families come to church

    It’s not a matter of if your church and pastor will face these kinds of questions. It’s a matter of when. Here’s a scenario: a same-sex couple or someone openly living in a same-sex relationship starts to attend your church. Maybe they’ve got…

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  • Apatheism

    Beware of apatheism!

    With apologies to Richard Dawkins, the New Atheists are old news. But we’ve got a bigger problem. You remember them, don’t you? Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and Sam Harris? These so-called “New Atheists” drew crowds with their bombastic…

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  • Chinese Church

    China’s crackdown on religion | Why religious freedom must be for all

    Not since the days of Mao have we seen the sort of suppression of religion in China like we’re seeing right now. Two recent stories from Xi Jinping’s China suggest it’s open season on religious believers there. Reports out of…

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  • Supreme Court

    Will religious liberty survive sexual liberty?

    Observers of the state of religious freedom in the United States, including me, are very encouraged by recent decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court robustly affirming the First Amendment’s protections of religious liberty and the freedom of speech in cases…

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  • Why Brett Kavanaugh deserves a seat on the Supreme Court

    President Donald Trump promised during his campaign to nominate federal judges who will carefully adhere to the United States’ Constitution and the rule of law. Exit polling confirmed that this commitment was one of the primary reasons he received so…

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