5 Truths Children Won’t Know About Marriage Unless We Teach Them

5 Truths Children Won't Know About Marriage Unless We Teach Them

Marriage is under attack in our culture. From the sexual revolution to the rise of divorce to the fight over same-sex marriage, this precious institution is being bombarded from all sides. And our children are right in the middle of it. Hollywood, the media, our school systems, and sometimes even fellow Christians are constantly portraying an untrue version of marriage to today's children and teens. And it's taking its toll. Most girls spend lots of time imagining their fairy tale … [Read more...]

The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good: Interview with Peter Greer of HOPE International

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Privileged to feature a recent interview with Peter Greer. Peter is president and CEO of HOPE International, a global nonprofit focused on Christ-centered job creation, savings mobilization, and financial training.  He is also the author of the new book The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good. You can hear Peter speaking in a lab session at the Catalyst conference in Atlanta October 2-4, 2013.  Bill:  Can you tell me a little bit about HOPE International, a brief version about what you do for … [Read more...]

What Does the Bible Teach about Drinking Alcohol?

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This is a guest post from my friend, Dr. P. Andrew Sandlin, President of the Center for Cultural Leadership. This post is a response to a friend of his who asked the question, "What does the Bible teach about drinking alcohol?" I thought there might be others who struggle with this question on their faith walk. You can purchase his latest book here: Christian Culture: An Introduction.  Follow his blog here. Hello Andrew.  I know you’re not running an advice column, but I was hoping you … [Read more...]

How Is Your Relationship with God?

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How is your relationship with God? Have you ever been asked this question? Maybe you've asked the question of others. How should it be answered? Is there a right or wrong way? I recently heard Randy Pope, author of Insourcing: Bringing Discipleship Back to the Local Church (Leadership Network Innovation Series) share an account of how he has often posed the question, "How is your relationship with God?" to men in his discipleship groups. He often gets answers such as, "Well, I've been … [Read more...]

Duck Dynasty: If the Robertsons Were to Ask for My Advice

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In my happy, happy, happy little world, what if the Robertsons of Duck Dynasty, overwhelmed by the tsunami of popularity and fame, picked up the phone to ask for my advice on how to avoid making a mess of it all? Think Miley Cyrus and you'll see how the best laid plans can go wrong in a hurry. The last thing we need is Willie Robertson on stage wearing latex in any form. In fact, latex and Duck Dynasty probably shouldn't be mentioned in the same sentence, unless it involves Si and -- but I … [Read more...]

Duck Dynasty: Top Ten Reasons the A&E Show Is Popular

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If you haven't heard by now of Duck Dynasty, the hit reality show on A & E, you may not be all your quacked up to be. Sorry. Couldn't resist. Just put it on my bill. According to the AP (via Huffington Post), A & E says nearly 12 million people watched the premiere of season four last Wednesday, making the episode the number 1 non-fiction series telecast in cable history in total viewers as well as all key demographic groups. Check out the A & E site here for the next show on … [Read more...]

Life Calling: Are You Sinning and Don’t Know It?

Stop what you're doing! Set down that cinnamon-crunch bagel! Step away from that stapler! I hate to be the one to tell you this about your life calling, but there's a good chance you're sinning right now and don't even know it. I'm not saying you're checking your inbox or browsing the blogosphere while adjusting your ski mask for the next bank heist. If you are, good luck with that. I'm not even suggesting that you're about to take yet another swig from that flask of Jim Beam you've got … [Read more...]

The Purpose of Memorial Day: Remember the Fallen from Both Sides

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The original purpose of Memorial Day was to remember the fallen from both sides of our own US Civil War or the War Between the States, depending on which side you favored. It was an attempt by a war-torn nation to acknowledge that good people, people made in God's image who loved their country and their families more than life itself, gave their all on both sides. It's a good thing to do today. To remember those who never came home. But it's all too easy to only remember those who … [Read more...]

The Salvation Box: Should Life Calling Produce Abundant Living?

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Ugh. For far too many Christians, "ugh" accurately captures their take on how they spend most of their time. It's as if they keep the freeing impact of the gospel on their life calling locked away somewhere -- in The Salvation Box -- so that they never truly know abundant living. Call it work, call it career, call it a job -- whatever you call it, many people would prefer not to answer the call at all. Instead, they endure existence reluctantly, longing for the weekend or some escape … [Read more...]

Manhood Restored: A Review of Eric Mason’s New Book

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It sounds like the beginning of a politically incorrect joke. A Black Nationalist, a psychologist, and a preacher walk into a bar.... In this case, however, they are all the same person. His name is Eric Mason. And he has written a book, Manhood Restored: How the Gospel Makes Men Whole, drawn from that eclectic background that delivers a much-needed message to men in Christ's church today: Rise up, men. The world is waiting. Eric Mason is a former Black Nationalist and holds a … [Read more...]