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The Place and Purpose of Parachurch Ministries

By ​Jon Saunders

My concern with parachurch ministries on college campuses is that they’re not often coming alongside the church. Rather, they’re replacing it.read more

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This Story Isn’t About Marriage

Kim Davis, a county clerk in Kentucky, has refused to issue marriage licenses to all couples—gay or straight—since the Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision in June. As a Christian, Davis objects to gay marriage. Six couples have brought suits against her, arguing she must fulfill her duties as an elected official despite her religious convictions. Two weeks ago a federal judge ordered her to issue the licenses, and last week an appellate court upheld that decision, saying:  It cannot be defensibly argued that the holder of the Rowan County Clerk’s...

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The Place and Purpose of Parachurch Ministries

The world of campus ministry is a world filled with parachurch ministries. Names like Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ), InterVarsity, and Navigators are household names for most evangelicals. Their founders are some of the past century’s heroes of the faith. These ministries are the gold standard of evangelicalism for good reason.  But there was a time when young adults were won to Christ through the church, not through outside help. The beginning of campus ministry as we know it began in the late 1800s at the University of Cambridge. A small group...

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When Did the Decline of Marriage Begin in America?

[Note: This is the second article in an occasional series on the marriage revolution. Because facts and evidence are essential for making gospel-centered arguments about the cluster of controversial topics related to marriage, the first few posts attempt to clarify some of the important numbers related to marriage.] The “marriage revolution” is an admittedly vague term for the cluster of modern phenomena related to the institution of marriage. At its core, the marriage revolution is an outgrowth and outworking of the sexual revolution, the liberalization of established social and moral attitudes toward sex, particularly in Western countries...

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