Religion & Culture

It’s the Transgender Moment for America and the Church

In March the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Washington issued the new learning standards to take effect in all public schools in the school year 2017-2018. The standards touch all the expected bases but when it comes to sexual health there are instructional goals that should make all evangelical Christians take notice.…

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Could Churches Be Forced to Have Transgender Restrooms?

  In the aftermath of the federal guidelines issued two weeks ago requiring all public schools to accommodate the restroom preference of transgender students, a friend asked me a question I’m sure many Christians are thinking about: “Could churches be forced to have transgender restrooms?”   I immediately said, “Of course not! It will never…

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Transgenderism and America’s Gathering Spiritual Darkness

When North Carolina governor Pat McCrory signed House Bill 2 into law on March 23, he didn’t know what demons would be unleashed. I wonder what he thinks now that all hell has broken loose.   The law bans people from using public restrooms that don’t match their biological sex. It requires men to use men’s…

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Pornography Is a Calamity for the Nation and for the Church

Denny Burk teaches at Boyce College, the undergraduate arm of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He writes and blogs about current events and cultural trends from an evangelical perspective and has a lot of good things to say. His piece earlier this week about pornography really caught my attention because of its application for our…

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Georgia Shows that Religious Freedom Is a Thing of the Past

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal this week removed any doubt regarding the diminishing influence Christians have in America when on Monday he vetoed the Free Exercise Protection Act.   The bill was passed a couple of weeks ago by both chambers of state government to protect the rights of faith-based institutions to exercise their religious convictions…

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The Super Bowl, Spam and the Power of the Gospel

For the past two years Pam and I have attended a Super Bowl party with one of the Sunday School classes at our church, a thirty-something class with fifteen or twenty couples. It’s a blast to hang out with them on a night when most of America is doing the same thing. But this get-together has…

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Why Are Churches Not Teaching the Bible?

I ran into a young husband and dad this week who used to come to our church, left for a while and now has returned. In the modern American church his experience isn’t unusual. Many people today join a church for shorter periods than previous generations and will move their membership several times through the course…

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The Year of the Lord’s Favor

Our church’s custom on the last Sunday of the year is to have a single worship service where all our people take the Lord’s Supper together. It’s always a simple, worshipful service with families sitting together and enjoying the afterglow of Christmas while not yet back into the rush of the regular work and school…

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For Christians, 2015 Was a Year of Living Dangerously

Religious stories dominated the news in 2015. From ISIS to the legalization of same sex marriage to the decline of church involvement throughout America to the church shootings in Charleston, SC, religious events—or events that occurred in religious contexts—dominated the headlines over the last twelve months. So much so that it’s hard to narrow down…

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How Should Christians Celebrate Christmas?

It’s almost Christmas, and at my house we’ve unpacked the boxes in the attic full of special decorations we only use this time of year. My wife and I have loads of stuff. The Christmas tree decorations are my particular favorites—everything from the first bauble we bought as a newly married couple over thirty years ago to…

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