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It’s Back — The “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife” and the State of Modern Scholarship

The so-called "Gospel of Jesus's Wife" is back in the news and back in public conversation. The story first broke in a flurry of sensationalism...Read this essay →

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Moralism is Not the Gospel (But Many Christians Think it Is)

One of the most amazing statements by the Apostle Paul is his indictment of the Galatian Christians for abandoning the Gospel. “I am amazed that...Read this essay →

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Drowning in Distortion — Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah”

My first experience teaching the Bible came when I was asked at the last minute to teach a Sunday School class of first-grade boys. I...Read this essay →

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Pointing to Disaster — The Flawed Moral Vision of World Vision [Updated]

UPDATE [March 26, 2014] The President of World Vision U.S. announced today that the Board of Directors has reversed its decision and would return to...Read this essay →

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Fred Phelps and the Anti-Gospel of Hate — A Necessary Word

Fred Phelps is dead. The fire-and-brimstone preacher, who for many years was pastor of the institution known as Westboro Baptist Church, died late Wednesday in...Read this essay →

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From Father to Son — J.R.R. Tolkien on Sex

The astounding popularity of J.R.R. Tolkien and his writings–magnified many times over by the success of the “Lord of the Rings” films–has ensured that Tolkien’s...Read this essay →

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Strengthen the Things that Remain: Human Dignity, Human Rights, and Human Flourishing in a Dangerous Age — An Address at Brigham Young University

An address delivered as a Forum Lecture in the Marriott Center Arena at Brigham Young University by R. Albert Mohler, Jr., President of The Southern...Read this essay →

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Caesar, Coercion, and the Christian Conscience: A Dangerous Confusion

Several states are now considering legislation that would provide explicit protections to citizens whose consciences will not allow an endorsement of same-sex marriage. The bills...Read this essay →

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The Christian Leader in the Digital Age

The Digital Age is upon us. In the span of less than three decades, we have redefined the way humans communicate, entertain, inform, research, create,...Read this essay →

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The Other Shoe Drops in Kentucky: Federal Court Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage in the Commonwealth

"As far as this Court is concerned, no one should be fooled; it is just a matter of listening and waiting for the other shoe."...Read this essay →

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Christian Missions in the Third Millennium

Now facing its third millennium, the Christian church faces a moment of great historical importance and opportunity. The modern missionary movement is now over two...Read this essay →

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Bill Nye’s Reasonable Man—The Central Worldview Clash of the Ham-Nye Debate

Last night's debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham attracted a huge international audience and no shortage of controversy—even before it began. Bill Nye, whose...Read this essay →

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The New American Religion: The Rise of Sports and the Decline of the Church

Super Bowl XLVIII may have been a bust as a football game, but it was a blockbuster as a cultural event. The telecast of the...Read this essay →

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Intellectual Discipleship? Faithful Thinking for Faithful Living

The biblical master narrative serves as a framework for the cognitive principles that allow the formation of an authentically Christian worldview. Many Christians rush to...Read this essay →

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Abortion and the American Conscience

Tomorrow, January 22, 2014, is the 41st anniversary of one of the darkest days in American history -- the day that the United States Supreme...Read this essay →

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Welcome to Seminary—Now What? How to Be Faithful as a Seminary Student

My great privilege every semester is to welcome an incoming class of seminarians to the stewardship of theological education. This is not a privilege I...Read this essay →

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Evolution Is Most Certainly a Matter of Belief—and so Is Christianity

One of the most misleading headlines imaginable recently appeared over an opinion column published in USA Today. Tom Krattenmaker, a member of the paper's Board...Read this essay →

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The End of Morality Laws? Not Exactly

Does the legalization of same-sex marriage and polygamy mean the end of all morality laws? George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley thinks so, and...Read this essay →

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“Downton Abbey” and the Modern Age—What Are We Really Watching?

Americans by the millions tuned in to watch the premier of Downton Abbey's fourth season, eager to enjoy the continuation of the saga of the Earl...Read this essay →

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Evolution and the Secular Worldview—The Fury of the Elites on Display

The Pew Research Center's Religion and Public Life Project recently released data indicating that the issue of evolution still divides Americans. According to the research,...Read this essay →

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Is the Enemy of My Enemy My Friend?—An Old Question in a New Age

We are not living in a season of peace. Thinking Christians must surely be aware that a great moral and spiritual conflict is taking shape...Read this essay →

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Some Thoughts on the Reading of Books

I cannot really remember when I did not love to read books. I do know that I was very eager to learn to read, and...Read this essay →

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“The Only Intelligible Explanation of 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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“And Them That Mourn”—Celebrating Christmas in the Face of Grief and Sorrow

NOTE: This essay was first published last year in light of the horrors of the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. This year, in view of the...Read this essay →

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You Have Been Warned—The “Duck Dynasty” Controversy

An interview can get you into big trouble. Remember General Stanley McChrystal? He was the commander of all U.S. forces in Afghanistan until he gave...Read this essay →

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TIME Chooses its “Person of the Year”—What Are We to Think?

TIME magazine has chosen its "Person of the Year" for 2013 and, to no real surprise, that person is Pope Francis I, the Supreme Pontiff...Read this essay →

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Moral Mayhem Multiplied—Now, It’s Polygamy’s Turn

As most Americans were thinking thoughts of Christmas cheer, a federal judge in Utah dropped a bomb on the institution of marriage, striking down the...Read this essay →

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On Them Has Light Shined—The Christian Minister as Torchbearer

Christmas feels like the perfect time for a seminary commencement ceremony. What could be more fitting than to send out a new band of Gospel...Read this essay →

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America and the Culture of Vulgarity—No End in Sight

The collapse of the barrier between popular culture and decadence has released a toxic mudslide of vulgarity into the nation's family rooms—and just about everywhere...Read this essay →

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A Moral Revolution at Warp Speed—Now, It’s Wedding Cakes

Six months. That's how long it took to get from the U.S. Supreme Court's decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act to the decision...Read this essay →

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