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The Integrity of Words and Our Confession of Faith

In the beginning was the Word. Christians rightly cherish the declaration that our Savior, the crucified and resurrected Lord Jesus Christ, is first known as...Read this essay →

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The Table of the Nations, the Tower of Babel, and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb: Part 2

In part 1 of this series I set out an exposition of Genesis 10-11. In part 2, we will look at the question of ethnic...Read this essay →

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The Table of the Nations, the Tower of Babel, and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb: Part 1

The world around us is changing at a velocity unprecedented in human history. But we must realize that while the world seems to be changing...Read this essay →

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Fifty Shades of Shame — The Evolution of Pornography

The release of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, timed for Valentine's Day, is a more important and lamentable event than many Christians may realize. What...Read this essay →

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The President at the Prayer Breakfast

Presidents of the United States are usually awful as theologians. In far too many cases, the closer they get to anything theological, the bigger the...Read this essay →

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Downton Abbey — What Are Americans Really Watching?

Americans by the millions are still tuning in to watch Downton Abbey -- now in its fifth season -- eager to enjoy the continuation of the saga...Read this essay →

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Religious Liberty vs. Erotic Liberty — Religious Liberty is Losing

Barely five days after The New York Times ran a major news article on the firing of Atlanta's fire chief for his views on homosexuality,...Read this essay →

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Theological Extremism in a Secular Age

This is an edited transcript of The Briefing podcast from early Thursday morning, January 8, 2015. The war on terror took on a savage new face...Read this essay →

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Newsweek on the Bible — So Misrepresented It’s a Sin

Newsweek magazine decided to greet the start of 2015 with a massive cover story on the Bible. For decades now, major news magazines have tended...Read this essay →

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Joy to the World — Even So Lord, Come Quickly

As Christmas Eve arrives we are reminded of the historic Christian prayer prayed by so many Christians through two millennia of Christian experience and bathed in...Read this essay →

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“And Them That Mourn — Celebrating Christmas in the Face of Grief and Death”

Families across the Christian world are gathering for Christmas even now, with caravans of cars and planeloads of passengers headed to hearth and home. Christmas...Read this essay →

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Moses Without the Supernatural — Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings”

Timed for a Christmas season release, director Ridley Scott's intended blockbuster, Exodus: Gods and Kings hit the big screens this past weekend. On its opening weekend...Read this essay →

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“To Give Knowledge of Salvation to His People: A Christmas Mandate for Christian Ministry”

So many moments of our lives pass with almost no sense of significance. The twenty four hours in a day fade into the memory of...Read this essay →

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The Only Intelligible Explanation for the Incarnation: A. T. Robertson on the Virgin Birth of Christ

The Christmas season comes each year with the expected flurry of media attention to the biblical accounts of Christ’s conception and birth. The general thrust...Read this essay →

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The Ferguson Moment—A Moral Test for the Nation

This is an edited transcript of The Briefing podcast from early Tuesday morning, November 25, 2014, hours after the Ferguson, Missouri grand jury announcement. The grand jury decision...Read this essay →

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Sexual Orientation and the Gospel of Jesus Christ

I recently addressed a major national conference on "The Gospel, Homosexuality, and the Future of Marriage" held by the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of...Read this essay →

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In Defense of Marriage and the Rule of Law — The Importance of Making the Right Argument

Some arguments just have to be made, and made well. In the case of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the...Read this essay →

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What the Election Reveals About Us, and Why We Vote as We Do

Campaigning over the weekend, President Obama said, “The American people are with us on all the big issues.” He continued, “You know it. I know...Read this essay →

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Halloween and the Dark Side — What Should Christians Think?

Over a hundred years ago, the great Dutch theologian Hermann Bavinck predicted that the 20th century would “witness a gigantic conflict of spirits.” His prediction...Read this essay →

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Sermons Are “Fair Game” in Houston — The Real Warning in the Subpoena Scandal

The scandal over the subpoenas issued to several Houston-area Christian pastors continues, even after the city refiled legal documents, removing the word "sermons" from the...Read this essay →

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The Vindication of Antonin Scalia — A Sad Milestone for Marriage and Morality

A giant milestone in the moral revolution passed today when the U.S. Supreme Court turned down every single appeal from several states on the issue of...Read this essay →

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Faith on Earth — The Urgent Mission of Theological Education

There are few words more formal than inauguration and few occasions that can compare to the beginning of something so recognizably important as this –...Read this essay →

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Homosexuality as Dividing Line — The Inescapable Issue

The vote to declare that the New Heart Community Church of La Mirada, California "does not presently meet the definition of a cooperating church" came...Read this essay →

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Biblical Theology and the Sexuality Crisis

Western society is currently experiencing what can only be described as a moral revolution. Our society’s moral code and collective ethical evaluation on a particular...Read this essay →

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The Osteen Predicament — Mere Happiness Cannot Bear the Weight of the Gospel

The evangelical world, joined by no shortage of secular observers, has been abuzz about the latest soundbite of note from the Pastors Osteen -- this...Read this essay →

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Lead with Empathy, Love Your Neighbor, Let the Truth Come Out — A Response to Ferguson

From a modified transcript of today's edition of The Briefing:   I first addressed the situation in Ferguson back on August 12th, which was then the...Read this essay →

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Are Christian Missionaries Narcissistic Idiots? — A Response to Ann Coulter

In an ominous development Wednesday night, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued its highest level alert for a response to the Ebola crisis...Read this essay →

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‘Get with the Program’ — The Church of England Votes to Ordain Women Bishops

Writing about the age of John Milton, the British author A. N. Wilson once tried to explain to modern secular readers that there had once...Read this essay →

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The Hobby Lobby Decision: A Big Win for Religious Liberty — and a Very Revealing Divide on the Court

Today's decision in the Hobby Lobby case represents a huge win for religious liberty in America, and the 5-4 decision will now stand as a...Read this essay →

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Baptist Polity and the Integrity of the Southern Baptist Convention

The Southern Baptist Convention meeting last week in Baltimore was, in itself, a lesson in Baptist polity. The organizational structure of the Convention is directly...Read this essay →

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