Category Archives: Christianity

Why You Should (Literally) Look at the World Upside Down

Seeing the world upside down means seeing its utter dependence on God, and with that sense of dependence comes a greater love for this world because of the adventure of its own existence.

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4 Things I Learned at Dinner with Church Leaders from Denmark

Here’s what I learned from evangelicals bearing witness to the gospel in a country that is much further down the road of secularization than the United States.

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Which Churches Will Thrive in the 21st Century?

It’s commonplace to assume that society’s redefinition of marriage, gender and the purpose for sexuality will eventually persuade the church to follow along. But if we were to jump forward into the 22nd century, I wonder what we would see.

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“Religious Liberty” and “Gay Rights” is Not a Zero-Sum Game

Treating the LGBT rights/religious freedom conversation as a zero-sum game where one can only “win” at the expense of the other is actually a “no-win” for all of us.

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The Wonder of Sunday Morning

They are not paid to be here. They are not forced to be here. Yet they come and serve each other in beautiful ways.

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The Hidden Compliment From Critics of Christian Hypocrisy

Why so much focus on hypocrisy in the church? The charge against Christian hypocrisy harbors a hidden compliment. Outrage over Christian hypocrisy says: We expect more from Christians.

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The Surprising Opportunity of Conflict

If your life is a story that God is writing, you can expect to face conflict throughout the plot line of your life.

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The Redemptive Power of Forgiveness in Communist China

An amazing story of grace and redemption from Communist China:

One night, as Mrs. Allen was saying her nightly prayers, she suddenly noticed a man’s foot sticking out from under her bed—one of her former students had snuck into their house to steal food. Before he had time to run away, Mrs. Allen walked in. He hid under her bed, hoping to escape after she fell asleep. Mrs. Allen jumped up and screamed with fear. Scared by the noise, the thief crawled in farther.

Reverend Allen rushed in from the living room. He bent down, trying to persuade the thief to come out by saying, “You don’t have to worry. We are not reporting you to the police. I know your family is poor. Just come out and take whatever you want. I don’t care.”

The thief started crying and promised to crawl out if Reverend Allen would step away from the bed. Meanwhile, Mrs. Allen said, “My dear, I will pray for you. I will ask the Lord to forgive your sins.”

The thief answered, “No thanks, I don’t need you to pray for me. I’m not a Christian.”

After he finally got out, the thief saw something shining in Reverend Allen’s hand. Thinking it was a weapon, the thief pulled out his knife and stabbed at Reverend Allen’s thigh. It turned out Reverend Allen was holding a glass of water for the thief.

The stabbing shocked Mrs. Allen, who ran out and screamed, “Help, Help.” The neighbors heard commotion and helped catch the thief.

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Evangelicals and Catholics Explain What Marriage Is and Why It Matters

Time to look past past the misleading headlines and dig into the substance of the Evangelicals and Catholics Together statement on marriage.

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Awesome God in a Boring Church

Is it possible that our worship services have become so much about ourselves that we find it difficult to “get outside” our “petty concerns?”

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