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EVANGELICAL

A Winged Creature
by Ryan Welsh

The Homiletical Cart & The Hermeneutical Horse

It’s as ironic as it is frightening—a biblical text that preachers are suitably familiar with, as well as celebrate, is also one they are tempted to butcher weekly. “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be [Read More...]

Adrian Warnock
by Adrian Warnock

Raised for our Justification Romans 4:25: the forgotten verse?

“…delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification” (Romans 4:25) I first got arrested by Romans 4:25 when writing my book Raised With Christ (also available in Logos Bible Format). To me, this verse is the pivot on which the whole of the epistle to the Romans turns. Everything so far in the letter has been building to this point, and these words summarise what has gone before. [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above

Andrew Farley
by Andrew Farley

Thinking Outside Theological Boxes

I recently heard a popular teacher of Calvinism argue that unlimited atonement (“Christ died for all”) cannot be true, because such a notion cannot include eternal security for the believer. This teacher did not seem to realize that it is possible to believe that Christ died for all and that, after one is born again, [Read More...]

Anxious Bench
by Various Authors

Remembering the Armenian Genocide

In the middle of World War I, hundreds of thousands of Armenians died in the first genocide of the 20th century. But some survived — including the grandmother of Chris' pastor and co-author.

Bible News Radio
by Stacy Lynn Harp

A Very Cool “Chance” Meeting with Jamie Grace

Have you ever had a situation that frustrated you and you finally just rolled with it because there was ultimately nothing you could do about it? That’s where I was recently when I was staying at a hotel in Los Angeles for a Livestreaming Summit for Periscope. To make a long story short, I had [Read More...]

Born to Reform
by Stephen McCaskell

It Was Nice While It Lasted (In Light of #StrangeFire)

Editors note: Below is a guest post from Dr. R.C. Sproul, Jr. Dr. R.C. Sproul, Jr. teaches at Reformation Bible College in Sanford, Florida where he also serves as a teaching fellow for Ligonier Ministries. He is the founder of Highlands Ministries and former editor of Tabletalk magazine. It is a sure sign that sin messes things up that we keep watching [Read More...]

Black, White and Gray
by Bradley Wright (and others)

What I like About the Benedict Option

The long awaited book “The Benedict Option” book is finally out and I am looking forward to reading it. When I do, I plan to perform a solid review of it. Although, I have not read the book, I have read some of the commentaries on it and Dreher’s discussion of the Benedict Option. Therefore, [Read More...]

Church Grammar
by Brandon D. Smith

The Gospel Is Bad News for Bad News

The gospel's eternal good news will one day be the eternal death of bad news.

Chorus in the Chaos
by Various Authors

‘I Love Jesus But Not the Church’ Just Means You Don’t Love Jesus

I find it puzzling that this topic is still up for debate, yet the sentiments of many Western Christians is that you can love Jesus without loving the church. Verbose arguments abound on the church not being confined to a building – that all spaces are sacred and therefore, filled with divine presence. The well-worn [Read More...]

Christian Crier
by Telling Ministries

How Christians Should React To Persecution And Hate

How should believers react to persecution and hate? Jesus tells us how. Proactive and Not Reactive When we are persecuted for righteousness’ sake or for being a Christ-follower, we shouldn’t be surprised at all. You can simply read some of the comments reader leave and see that you and I will be insulted, name-called, and [Read More...]

Cranach
by Gene Veith

Totalitarianism vs. Religion

Some atheists accuse religion of being inherently “totalitarian.”  But, as sociologist Chandler Rosenberger, points out, this isn’t true. The word “totalitarian,” coined by Italian fascists, was defined by Mussolini as “everything within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.”  (Limited government conservatives:  Memorize this definition.) Prof. Rosenberger explains how religion is usually [Read More...]

Dry Bones
by Kathleen Mulhern

Sweeter Far Thy Face to See: An Easter Reflection, John 20.1-18

The Risen Christ Appearing to Mary Magdalene, Rembrandt Oh Jesus! To collapse in grief, in the sense of utter hopelessness that the death of any beloved—but oh, your death, you who have given us the light of a new life, the hope of the unquenchable love of God, the vision of something beyond the horizons of [Read More...]

E-Squared Media Network
by Jeff Drex and Joel Fieri

Reflections of Grace 145: Easter and Surrender

The hymn I Surrender All shows us how to live the Christian life with Jesus' Easter resurrection on our minds throughout the year

Eidos
by John Mark Reynolds

Gift of the University Wise Men: A Christmas Parody for April

One million and eighty-seven thousand. That was all. And sixty thousand of it was in pledges. Pledges collected one and two at a time by bulldozing the alum and friends and donors until one’s cheeks burned with the silent imputation of parsimony that such close dealing implied. Three times the University President counted it. One [Read More...]

Eternal Perspectives
by Randy Alcorn

Are Short-Term Mission Trips Valuable?

Wouldn’t it be better just to take the money spent on short-term trips and send it to the mission field instead?

Euangelion
by Michael F. Bird

Salvation by Allegiance Alone – Interview with Matt Bates (Part 1)

Matthew W. Bates, Salvation by Allegiance Alone: Rethinking Faith, Works, and the Gospel of Jesus the King (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2017) MIKE BIRD: In this book you argue that pistis should often – but not always! – be understood with connotations of “allegiance.” So rather than justification by faith alone we have justification by [Read More...]

Everyday Ethics
by Jeremy Neill

3 Criticisms of Pascal’s Wager

Last week I shared a way of modeling Pascal’s Wager, which Pascal offers as an argument for God’s existence. This week I want to share three common critiques of Pascal’s Wager. 1st Critique: the Wager does not work as a demonstration of the advantages of Christianity, over other religions. I agree with this critique. Think about [Read More...]

Faith & Chelsen
by Faith J. H. McDonnell & Chelsen Adair Vicari

Not Just Men, Evangelical Women Guard Our Marriages Too

However those boundaries may look, we should be careful to judge. It's not about you. It's about human nature.

Faith and Finance
by Bob Lotich and Tim Fraticelli

Creative Giving Ideas: 10 Better Ways to Give

Have you ever given a gift and it just didn’t have the effect you desired? Maybe you’ve given one too many gift cards and you’re ready for something different – something creative! There are better ways you can give – the Bible even has something to say about it!  Below are some better ways you [Read More...]

FaithWalkers
by Bill Blankschaen

Take the 7-Day Family Challenge from Ziglar

You know the name—Zig Ziglar. A beloved, motivational genius who helped millions of people around the world experience unprecedented success. He also spoke extensively on the subjects of marriage, faith, and family. I’ve been working for the last year on something really cool for families with my Ziglar friends. Now Ziglar Family continues Zig’s legacy [Read More...]

Felix Culpa
by Brenda Renee Coats

The Literal Place of Hell

  It figures that as soon as I finish writing a blog that preached a paragraph or two of hell, a massive explosion would erupt in a nearby neighborhood. A woman was airlifted to the hospital. Two men are dead. Their bodies (at this writing) have not been recovered. A juvenile escaped from a window, [Read More...]

Frank Viola
by Frank Viola

His Time

We live in a day when what sells best in the Christian world are books, sermons, and television programs that are aimed directly at you — This Is Your Day, You Are the Reason for the... **Click the title of this post at the top to read the rest of the article on the blog. Once you're on the blog, you may also post a comment at the end if you wish.**

Give Us This Day
by Charles Erlandson

Luke 15:1-10 – Lost and Found

Who wants to make the angels clap and shout and sing with me?

Hawkeye
by S.J. Masson

On Easter Sunday the Buried Question Remains Did Jesus Die and Live?

The news of Easter Sunday does not hinge upon vain speculation of whether Jesus lived and died, but the vital matter of whether he died and lived.

Hedgerow
by Bethany Blankley

Actor Stephen Baldwin in One-Man Show Portrays Thief on Cross at Calvary [video]

Have you ever wondered what the thief’s perspective was, who was nailed to the cross next to Jesus on Calvary? Can a thief go to heaven? How does someone get to heaven? Pastor Colin Smith addressed these questions in his book, Heaven, How I Got Here: A Night with the Thief on the Cross, which was adapted [Read More...]

Hispanic Evangelicals and The Lamb's Agenda
by authors from the NHCLC

Q&A with David Coleman, President and CEO of the College Board

In an exclusive Q&A with David Coleman, President and CEO of the College Board and one of the most influential voices in all of education, we explore how his organization is reaching out to help hispanic and other minority students and families succeed as they strive toward college.    English: http://www.univision.com/univision-news/opinion/a-q-a-with-david-coleman-president-and-ceo-of-the-college-board   Spanish Version: http://www.univision.com/noticias/opinion/entrevista-con-david-coleman-presidente-y-director-ejecutivo-del-college-board 

Imago Christi
by Kenneth Tanner

At the Heart of Worship

You can don ancient vestments, light candles, and chants prayers amid clouds of incense; you can preach like Martyn Lloyd-Jones, sing great hymns accompanied by pipe organ, and love the dappled rainbows the stained glass throws; you can put up the largest LED screens, hire musicians that rock, get the stage lighting just right, and [Read More...]

Jackson Wu
by Jackson Wu

Reconnecting God’s Story to Scripture and Service

Tom Steffen has a nice article in the most recent issue of Christian Education Journal. It is titled “Discoveries Made While Reconnecting God’s Story to Scripture and Service.” Here is the article’s abstract: Story was much more nuanced than I had ever anticipated. Cross-cultural experience drove home the need to identify and define the various [Read More...]

Jesus Creed
by Scot McKnight

Benedict Option is Politics

Rod Dreher’s proposal is nothing less than a different kind of politics, but it is politics. His book is called: Benedict Option. The first point to make about Dreher’s theory is that we have lost the culture war. As recently as the 1960s, with the notable exception of civil rights, moral and cultural concerns weren’t [Read More...]

Joe Carter
by Joe Carter

So Say We All: Why Battlestar Galactica Was the Best Sci-Fi Series Ever on Television

A shockingly large segment of the population suffers from the delusion that all artistic judgments are subjective. For instance, when confronted with a claim such as “John Singer Sargent is the greatest portrait painter of the 20th century,” they believe what is being presented is an assertion of opinion rather than a statement of fact. They [Read More...]

Jim Erwin
by Jim Erwin

1 Corinthians 15:20-28 An Eternal Guarantee for More Than a Lifetime

1 Corinthians 15:20-28 An Eternal Guarantee for More Than a Lifetime Have you ever been offered a guarantee on something which you have committed – either with money or talents? You commit to something on the promise that the guarantee is true. For example: Buy this car, then you will receive free oil changes for [Read More...]

Jonathan Storment
by Jonathan Storment

Leaving Church: Bowling Alone

I’d like to start a short series over the next few weeks responding to a great article in last month’s edition of The Atlantic.  The article is called America’s Empty Church Problem and it’s both profound and surprising. It’s surprising because it’s in The Atlantic. It’s not written by Christianity Today or some pastor lamenting that their church [Read More...]

Just and Sinner
by Jordan Cooper

Why I Now Embrace the Two Kinds of Righteousness (a Review of Jordan Cooper’s Hands of Faith)

Post by Nathan Rinne In his book Hands of Faith, Pastor Jordan Cooper makes a convincing case that the concept of the two kinds of righteousness is not only inherent in Lutheran theology (4, 11, 31, 70, 109), but that it is an important biblical concept with much to offer “the entire Christian world.” In [Read More...]

Love is an Orientation
by Andrew Marin

Don’t Let Your Anger Turn Into Their Hate

Andrew's reflection upon yesterday's LGBT massacre in Orlando. There is a time for anger and activism; healing and hope. Now is a time for mourning. Don't let your anger for what happened turn into their hate.

Mark D. Roberts
by Mark D. Roberts

It’s the Second Day of Lent. Why Does This Matter?

Growing up as an evangelical Christian, I experienced Lent as little more than a joke. “What are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Mere Breath
by Abra Carnahan

The Gift of Depression

  Truth be told, I haven’t been doing well. Depression weighs heavily on me, and the worst part is that I know I’m not really. It is just a feeling, suffocating the life out of me. Don’t tell me to read my Bible more, I already do. Don’t tell me to look for sin in [Read More...]

Narrative and Nuance
by Dan Chappell

Christianity, Disney and A Better Way Forward

The body of Christ continues to need a reasoned and consistent response to the reality of homosexuality in our culture and society. The hand-wringing surrounding Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is the latest example of this glaring need. Pastors and leaders, your people do not need you to join the culture war, they need you to shepherd [Read More...]

New Wineskins
by josh daffern

8 Things Google Just Told Us About How to Reach Today’s Teenagers

Google just gifted the church some incredible insights into today's teenagers. Any church that wants to impact the next generation should pay attention.

PaterFamilias Today
by C. R. Wiley

Re-enchanting Male & Female

We’re in a bad way, but we may be coming to the end of it. I’m not saying the people responsible for it will give way without a fight, they’ve managed to ensconce themselves in our most important institutions. They’ve written themselves into the budgets. But I think we can see where they’re trying to [Read More...]

Paul C. Maxwell
by Paul C. Maxwell

Q&A With Louie Giglio About “Comeback”

I recently read a book by Louie Giglio — The Comeback: It’s Never Too Late and You’re Never Too Far. My “inner lawyer” was riled (as Paul Tripp might say). I object to the notion that God offers his people “comebacks.” There is too much suffering. Too much pain. Too many stories of defeat that end in [Read More...]

Philosophical Fragments
by Timothy Dalrymple

Open Letter to Sarah Palin: We Need to Change Our Tone on Guns

This post is part of a larger conversation on the subject of Christians and guns at Patheos around the new documentary, The Armor of Light.  For more responses to the film, click here. Is there any contradiction between a culture that celebrates the sanctity of human life and a culture that celebrates the instruments of death? [Read More...]The post Open Letter to Sarah Palin: We Need to Change Our Tone on Guns appeared first on Philosophical Fragments.

Pilgrim's Road Trip
by Michelle Van Loon

Introducing: Long Days Of Small Things

When writer-friend Catherine McNeil told me she was writing about the spiritual formation embedded in the baby-toddler-preschooler years, I was anxious to read what she had to say. I well remember discovering that the discipleship model I followed before I had children (hours of uninterrupted Bible study, reading, prayer, and service to others) needed an overhaul [Read More...]The post Introducing: Long Days Of Small Things appeared first on Pilgrim's Road Trip.

Ponder Anew
by Jonathan Aigner

Hymns to Sing During Easter Besides “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today!”

He is risen, indeed. Alleluia! It’s still Easter, friends. Of course, if you come from the same evangelical tradition as me, you might not believe me. But just like Christmas isn’t really over at 12:00am on December 26, Easter Sunday begins a season of celebrating Christ’s resurrection that will last for six more Sundays. So [Read More...]

Preventing Grace
by Anne Kennedy

Offending the World Podcast and Links

Good Moaning. It’s going to be pretty warm today which is sad because I need to clean my house. Feel really tragic about it. To console myself I persuaded Matt to indulge in the Usual Podcast wherein we try to understand why human language is turning out to be such a failure in our current [Read More...]

Putting the Protest in Protestant
by D. G. Hart

What You Give Up To Fit In

America is the land of the free but liberty comes with its limits. Protestants can’t have prayer and Bible reading in public schools, Roman Catholics have to get right with the separation of church and state, Jews can’t have a king, and Muslims can’t have Sharia law. A similar dynamic has been at work in [Read More...]

Rebecca Florence Miller
by Rebecca Florence Miller

Resources for Christians Learning about Race, Class, Poverty, and Justice

It is easy to overestimate what we think we understand about another human being’s experience, particularly in regards to the systemic forces of race and class that produce poverty and injustice throughout America. My experience of white culture in particular is that people tend to have lots of opinions but little engagement with information about [Read More...]

Red Letter Believers
by David Rupert

This Colorado “church” wants to worship pot

Last week, the Colorado House rejected an attempt to ban pot use in churches.  Who would have thought that this would even be something to think about? But  the controversial International Church of Cannabis opened in Denver forcing the hand of stunned legislators. State Rep. Dan Pabon, D-Denver, proposed an amendment to a broader bill on pot use to bar [Read More...]

Re-Generación
by Arlene Sánchez-Walsh

The Tragic Sense of Historical Illiteracy

What we believe to be the motives of our conduct are usually but the pretexts for it. –Miguel De Unamuno The Tragic Sense of Life President Obama’s remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast noting several historically accurate examples where Christianity was used to justify terroristic amounts of violence means that as a historian of American religion, [Read More...]

Religion Q&A
by Richard N. Ostling

Why do Hindus believe cows are sacred?

THE QUESTION:  What’s the background on Hinduism’s belief in “sacred cows”? (Posed by The Religion Guy himself, not a reader, because the topic is in the news.) THE RELIGION GUY’S ANSWER: Press reports from India say street vigilantes and the government in Uttar Pradesh state are campaigning against Muslim slaughterhouses accused of processing cows, which is [Read More...]

Return to Rome
by Francis J. Beckwith

Please consider helping newborn Jackson Yancey

My graduate assistant, Hilary Yancey, and her husband, Preston, need our generosity. They are proud parents of Jackson, born on September 28th with a craniofacial microsomia.  Little Jackson requires a series of expensive surgeries. Please consider donating at gofundme.com.  Hilary arrived at Baylor in Fall 2014 as a PhD student in philosophy. She has served as [Read More...]

Roger E. Olson
by Roger E. Olson

What Does It Mean to Be “Catholic?”

What Does It Mean to be “Catholic” If Not Belonging to the Church of Rome? Over the past many years of my career as a Protestant Christian theologian I have had many encounters with fellow Protestant Christians—including Baptists and others in the Free Church tradition—who would like Protestants to be “catholic” (with a small “c”). [Read More...]

Soapbox Redemption
by Andrew Murtagh

The Heart of Nick Givas

Imagine you are young man in high school. Excellent grades, aspiring young basketball star – the world is your oyster. Enter the back pain, the initial medical consults, and the first cancer diagnosis. Surgery and redo surgery. Basketball career over, in and out of hospitals, a new reality takes form. Repeated spine surgeries not only have the [Read More...]

The Bible and Culture
by Ben Witherington

Adam and Genome– Part Eight

THE THEOLOGY CHAPTERS Scot’s first chapter deals with four principles with which to read the Bible. As Scot says at the outset “Theology which is designed to investigate that nonempirical reality in some ways, can provide a map onto which we can locate science and which can challenge science.” (p. 95). Exactly my point. The [Read More...]

The Christian Revolution
by Taylor S. Brown

Easter and Good News

Happy Easter! He is risen! I’m off celebrating Christ’s resurrection with friends, so enjoy this video from the awesome people over at The Bible Project on why this day is good news!

The Evangelical Pulpit
by Bart Gingerich

How to Trust God When Bad Things Happen – and Keep Happening

Don’t allow your trials to hinder your trust and faith in what God is capable of. You are the example of His faithfulness.

The Doxology Project
by Bradley Roth

4 ways Christians can love the soil on Earth Day

Earth Day is a great time for Christians to show our love for God’s green earth. Of course, the challenge of loving the earth is knowing which part of the earth to love.  There’s so much of it, after all–from continents to calla lilies to cyanobacteria.  And while all of  it is God’s earth and thus [Read More...]

The Fuller Blog
by Reed Metcalf

Liturgical Meditations: Eastertide

As we near Easter, we’re excited to announce Liturgical Meditations, a series exploring the church calendar through film. Our first video, “Death and Resurrection,” meditates on Christ’s resurrection using the natural imagery of the California landscape, and we offer this as a free resource for you, your church, and your community. To watch “Death and [Read More...]

The Great Divide
by Adrian Crawford

Tolerance Isn’t the Answer

Tolerance. We toss the word around like a bouncy ball in a playground and offer it up as our penance for prejudice, hatred, and violence. Tolerance. We read about it in stylish op-eds and festoon our tweets with its hashtag. Tolerance. We grasp our newfound antidote to narrow-mindedness and accept anything and everything as true. [Read More...]

The Liturgical Theologian
by Porter Taylor

On Being An Alcoholic

I have been engaged in a new liturgy recently. This liturgy has changed me profoundly. I arrive a few minutes early to each gathering and sit in a room amongst like-minded people. We definitely do not look the same, each coming from different walks of life, but we are all committed to the same principles, [Read More...]

The Northampton Seminar
by Gerald McDermott

Liturgy and eucharist – Part XIV

Daily prayer at 4th-century cathedrals was twice a day and quite ecclesial: here was the Church gathered for prayer, exercising its royal priesthood by a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving on behalf of all creation and interceding for the salvation of the world.

The Toolshed
by Timothy Willard

C.S. Lewis And The Value of the Imagination

I am guilty of an elaborate plot. And that is: to let me daughters (hereafter affectionately referred to as my “pixies”) actually use their imaginations. My daughters believe in the Tooth Faerie, Jack Frost, and Santa Clause. I have the film Rise of the Guardians to thank for that. Years ago, after they watched the movie, when [Read More...]

Troubler of Israel
by G. Shane Morris

There Will Be Child Murderers in Heaven

Today a Facebook friend of mine shared a snarky meme from an atheist page. It was that popular painting of Jesus holding a toddler in a rose garden and pointing playfully at something. It looks like one of those kitschy pictures you find in Mormon pamphlets. I don’t know its origin. Whatever the case, it [Read More...]

Uncommon God, Common Good
by Paul Louis Metzger

Eastertide: Jesus Is Still Risen! Just Ask the Coptic Christians in Egypt

It is easy for me to move on after a holiday like Easter and get caught up in the following week’s daily grind. Sometimes one might even be prone to think like ‘Jesus may be risen, but I’m back here in the grave.’ That’s one reason why I am grateful for Eastertide. Eastertide is the [Read More...]

Warren Throckmorton
by Warren Throckmorton

Joyce Meyer Ministries: Life Christian University’s Description of Earned Doctorate Does Not “Accurately Reflect the Information Correctly”

On October 7, I reported that evangelist Joyce Meyer claimed to have an earned PhD in theology from Life Christian University. She claimed to be a graduate on a promotional video still housed on the LCU website and said the degree was earned on her website. On October 11, I filed a complaint with the Missouri [Read More...]