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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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There Is No ‘Third Way’ — Southern Baptists Face a Moment of Decision (and so will you)

Southern Baptists will be heading for Baltimore in just a few days, and the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention is to be held...Read this essay →

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Ten Books for Eager Reading — The 2014 Summer Reading List

G. K. Chesterton once wisely remarked that "there is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and...Read this essay →

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“So Peter Opened His Mouth” — The Preacher’s Calling Reduced to Five Powerful Words

The Bible presents an astonishingly simple method of preaching. In Nehemiah 8:8 we read that Ezra and his fellow preachers "read from the book, from...Read this essay →

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Commonplaces: Evelyn Waugh the Young Atheist

Evelyn Waugh, who would become one of the best-known British writers of his age, chronicled the decline and fall of the British aristocracy in works...Read this essay →

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Why So Many Churches Hear So Little of the Bible

"It is well and good for the preacher to base his sermon on the Bible, but he better get to something relevant pretty quickly, or...Read this essay →

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“I Feel Super Great About Having an Abortion” — The Culture of Death Goes Viral

Emily Letts is a 25-year-old abortion counselor at the Cherry Hill Women's Center in New Jersey whose video has gone viral. These days, videos go...Read this essay →

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Constitutional Wisdom and Common Sense on Ceremonial Prayer — An Important Victory

In a landmark decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled yesterday that prayer before the opening of a legislative body does not violate the U....Read this essay →

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God, the Gospel, and the Gay Challenge — A Response to Matthew Vines

Evangelical Christians in the United States now face an inevitable moment of decision. While Christians in other movements and in other nations face similar questions,...Read this essay →

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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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