One Thing Some Republicans and Modern Church Leaders Share

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As I pondered a couple of seemingly unrelated things -- Establishment Republicans and Seeker-friendly Church Leaders -- I stumbled onto a similarity between the two -- a lack of moral courage. And a reason why.Establishment Republicans try to be liked by those they deem to be in the middle. They crave the acceptance of supposed Independents who they think are seeking likable, lovable politicians who just want to get along with everyone.They think that these Independent voters want … [Read more...]

Singing in Church with Elvis, Aerosmith, and Bonhoeffer

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I once actually stood in church and sang the words, "Blah, Blah, Blah." And no one could tell the difference. No one could hear anything anyways because the music was so loud.  Just being authentic here, but with the lyrics as simplistic as they were, I couldn't even tell the difference.I have to wonder if God noticed.As some of you know from my post Why I've Stopped Singing in Your Church, I struggle to reconcile much of what passes for modern worship music with biblical passages … [Read more...]

ISIS and Left-Behind Christians: A BIG Difference

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I'm not sure what to call them really.It used to be that I could use words like dispensational or pre-millennial and Christians would know what I meant. I'm not so sure of that anymore. We've grown averse to using multi-syllabic words in church these days and, it seems to me, are the worse for it. [See my post Why I Left Your Seeker-Friendly Church]I was raised in a church environment that embraced much of the apocalyptic view of the future we find in the The Left Behind … [Read more...]

For the 21 Christians Murdered by ISIS : A Moving Tribute [Video]

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My friend Dr. Brian Mattson of Dead Reckoning TV along with Jay Friesen has delivered one of the most moving tributes to the Jewish and Christian victims of ISIS entitled "We Will Not Be Lost:"  We are deeply disturbed by our political leadership's inability to name this enemy, but we are even more disturbed by its inability to name its victims. The Jewish dead in Paris were called by our President "a bunch of folks in a deli." The twenty-one Christian martyrs were called by our President " … [Read more...]

Georgia Education Reform: 3 Thoughts on Fixing Failing Schools

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When children are trapped in failing schools, it is a moral issue that all Christians should be concerned about. Even those of us who are not big fans of government-sponsored education see the value of reforms to help failing schools.In my home state of Georgia, Governor Nathan Deal is proposing an education reform approach to create Opportunity School Districts that would bring failing schools under the direct, temporary control of the state in order to turn them around.According to … [Read more...]

Atlanta Fire Chief Suspended for Expressing Christian Views

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Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran has been suspended for publishing a book without permission in which he expresses traditional, orthodox Christian views about sexual behavior outside of marriage.A report from Atlanta's WSB-TV: [Cochran was] suspended for one month without pay and will be required to complete sensitivity training. In the book based on Christian values, Cochran identifies himself as Atlanta's fire chief and says his first priority as chief is to run the department "to cu … [Read more...]

Obama’s Executive Immigration Action: Why I Oppose It

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Elizabeth Barrett Browning once penned the poetic words: “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” I find myself asking something similar about Obama’s executive immigration action: “How do I oppose thee? Sheesh, this could take a while!”Perhaps an entire book would be a more fitting venue for expressing why Obama’s executive immigration action is bad for immigrants, bad for America, opposed to Scripture -- but good for his own interests. So I’ll start tackling it in bits and pieces. … [Read more...]

The Marriage Pledge: Why You Should Not Sign It

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I am pleased to feature a guest post today from my friend P. Andrew Sandlin, President of The Center for Cultural Leadership.First Things (FT) has launched a crusade to get pastors out of the marriage-ceremony-performing business, or, as they would no doubt prefer, out of the business of government-sanctioned marriage-ceremony performance. The problem for The Marriage Pledge they are pushing is that these two practices are identical.A Dispute among Allies First Things (FT) is one of ou … [Read more...]


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