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When Jesus Hurried

By Joel Lindsey

The cross redefines what it means to slow down, and what it means to speed up.read more

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  • When Jesus Hurried
  • Smoke on the Martyrs
  • The Bible’s Yes to Same-Sex Marriage

When Jesus Hurried

Jesus was not one to be rushed. Though he was eternal, he came to us wrapped in flesh, and therefore bound by earthly limitations. He got hungry and thirsty (Mark 11:12; John 4:7; 19:28), he got sleepy (Matt. 8:24), and even had to have someone help him carry really heavy things (Mark 15:21). Jesus knew his limits. He didn’t try to be in three places at once or cram 30 hours’ worth of activity into 12 hours of daylight. Consider that Jesus didn’t start his ministry till he was 30, and didn’t kick it into high gear even...

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Smoke on the Martyrs

This is hard to write. I don’t enjoy disagreeing with those trying to raise awareness for the persecuted church.   We are in the midst of a global upsurge in attacks on Christians. Over the last year we’ve seen major atrocities in Kenya, Nigeria, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Ethiopia, and many other places. Make no mistake: Radical Islam is responsible for much of this. And even though the majority of Muslims are not violent, astonishingly high percentages are sympathetic to extremist violence. In the midst of this, we see almost no concern from the leadership of the...

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The Bible’s Yes to Same-Sex Marriage

The title of Mark Achtemeier’s The Bible’s Yes to Same-Sex Marriage: An Evangelical’s Change of Heart leaves no doubt as to his conclusion. Achtemeier, a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) pastor and theologian, wants to lead his readers toward the same “change of heart” that caused him to embrace same-sex marriage. He writes graciously and gently. But his book will be persuasive only to those who already agree with him. Though he aims to make a biblical and logical case for same-sex marriage, the book fails on...

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