May 5, 2014

Patheos is celebrating its fifth anniversary today (Monday), which has seen an outbreak of nostalgia and warm feelings across the site — and especially from those of us who have been with it from the beginning. I had the great joy of joining the Patheos team well before the site went live in May of 2009. It’s been an extraordinary adventure. I believe as firmly today as ever before in the value of creating a better conversation on life’s most… Read more

April 29, 2014

By Mark Goldblatt “There is nothing new under the sun,” the author of Ecclesiastes assured us more than two millennia ago. Among the questions he glosses over, however, is how the sun got there in the first place. Which brings us to the Big Bang. In case you haven’t noticed, the origin of the world has been much in the news recently despite the fact, or perhaps because of the fact, that it’s the oldest story in the Book. It’s scientists who’ve… Read more

April 26, 2014

By Joseph E. Gorra Different images and ideas tend to populate the imagination of evangelical laity and pastors when they think about the ‘work of Christian apologetics.’ Maybe some mostly imagine people ‘winning arguments’ or ‘defeating objections’ to Christian faith. Or, still others may just predominately think of the work of leading personalities in apologetics (e.g., William Lane Craig, Ravi Zacharias, Lee Strobel, etc). Regardless, most rarely envision the task, mission and value of apologetics along the lines of the… Read more

April 23, 2014

Hard-charging Cabinet member served three presidents, but conversion to Christianity mellowed him as he aged. By Warren Cole Smith News of the death of James Schlesinger on Mar. 27 at age 85 was a mild shock to my system because of a brief but memorable meeting I had with him 35 years ago. In the fall of 1979 I took a break from my college career at the University of Georgia to do an internship with Sen. Sam Nunn, then… Read more

April 5, 2014

by Laurel Woolcott Dalrymple In my few travels to other lands, Hindu India has always struck me as a place where spirituality is in the air; it is almost palpable, in way that is unique to it, and unusual to the West. Reading Saffron Cross brought this feeling back to me in a powerful way. The book is J. Dana Trent’s recounting of her interfaith marriage to a western man who is a very devout Hindu, and a former monk. Trent herself is an ordained Baptist minister. Of… Read more

April 2, 2014

A very important and informative article by my friend Mark Tooley.  * By Mark Tooley In his widely analyzed March 18 speech to the Russian Parliament, Putin cited the baptism of Vladimir the Great over 1000 years ago in Crimea as the seminal event binding Ukraine and Russia. That baptism is considered the birth of Russian Orthodoxy. Orthodox faith has been key to Moscow’s historic self conceived role as defender of all Russians, of Slavs, and of Orthodox, wherever they… Read more

March 31, 2014

I’m always pleased to publish a post by the esteemed Peter Wehner.  * By Peter Wehner The evangelist Franklin Graham had quite a run last week. In interviews and statements, he praised Russian president Vladimir Putin’s anti-gay policies. “I agreed with Putin. I think protecting his nation’s children, I think, was a pretty smart thing to do,” Graham told the Charlotte Observer’s Tim Funk. “I was very clear. I supported Putin in his decision to protect his nation’s children. And… Read more

March 27, 2014

It’s been months since I’ve written a proper blog post, but the kerfuffle around World Vision draws me out of my cave. I have a lot of sympathy for the leadership of World Vision. They are doing extraordinary, life-saving work. They are captaining a billion-dollar organization that’s global and complex and fraught with dangers on all sides. In the United States, they sought to take a position on same-sex marriage that would establish neutrality on a “culture war issue” in… Read more

March 19, 2014

I’m very grateful for this post from Hank Hanegraaff, the Bible Answer Man himself, on a very important topic. * Osteenification and What it Portends By Hank Hanegraaff Virtually every morning I try to catch up on news and sports while running on my treadmill. Often the running (mostly walking) is accompanied by the vigorous exercise of my remote. Recently, I flipped into an interview involving Singaporean mega-pastor Joseph Prince. The more I tuned in, the faster my heart rate…. Read more

March 12, 2014

I’ve become a friend and collaborator with the Values and Capitalism project at the American Enterprise Institute.  They have a terrific team there, and no team member is more terrific than Tyler Castle, a promising young man who can do some great things with his career. I’m really pleased to offer this guest post from Tyler Castle: * Speak Softly, Conservatives By Tyler Castle For the second time in as many weeks, I attended a conference and left with a… Read more

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