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The Briefing, Wednesday, October 31, 2012

TODAY: Hurricane Sandy turns deadly, a moral crisis for The New York Times, a failed argument for medical marijuana, and the United Nations calls for...Read this essay →

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The Briefing, Tuesday, October 30, 2012

TODAY: Hurricane Sandy slams into the Northeastern Atlantic coastline, Halloween turns grisly for children, some churches push "Souls to the Polls," and Thomas Friedman tries...Read this essay →

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Is the Megachurch the New Liberalism?

The emergence of the megachurch as a model of metropolitan ministry is one of the defining marks of evangelical Christianity in the United States. Megachurches...Read this essay →

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Can a Christian Deny the Virgin Birth?

Can a true Christian deny the virgin birth? This question would perplex the vast majority of Christians throughout the centuries, but modern denials of biblical…Read this essay →

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The Dawkins Delusion

“I do not, by nature, thrive on confrontation,” declares Richard Dawkins, the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University and…Read this essay →

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Books for the Backpack — Recommended Summer Reading

Summer is supposed to be a season of rest and relaxation — at least in theory. As one wit remarked, “A perfect summer day is…Read this essay →

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Lessons Learned in a Crisis of Life

Some lessons are learned the hard way. The stewardship of those lessons seems especially important. The significant learning I have experienced started with an illness…Read this essay →

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Can a Christian Deny the Virgin Birth?

Can a true Christian deny the virgin birth? This question would perplex the vast majority of Christians throughout the centuries, but modern denials of biblical…Read this essay →

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The Doctrine of the Virgin Birth Under Attack–Again

In a 2003 New York Times op-ed piece, Nicholas Kristof argued that no intellectually credible person could believe that Jesus Christ was born of a…Read this essay →

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Must We Believe the Virgin Birth?

In one of his columns for The New York Times, Nicholas Kristof once pointed to belief in the Virgin Birth as evidence that conservative Christians…Read this essay →

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The New Atheism?

2006 has been a big year for atheism. The release of several major books–all widely touted in the media–has put atheism on the front lines…Read this essay →

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Interview with Andrew Sullivan

On Thursday’s edition of “The Albert Mohler Program,” Dr. Mohler was joined by Andrew Sullivan, a prolific columnist and political commentator as well as the…Read this essay →

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A New Path to Theological Liberalism? Wayne Grudem on Evangelical Feminism

Are American evangelicals charting a new path into theological liberalism? That is the serious question posed by Wayne A. Grudem in Evangelical Feminism: A New…Read this essay →

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The Road to Nowhere—Middle Church

Bob Edgar wants to rescue America from the religious right. In his new book, Middle Church: Reclaiming the Moral Values of the Faithful Majority from…Read this essay →

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The Dawkins Delusion

“I do not, by nature, thrive on confrontation,” declares Richard Dawkins, the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University and…Read this essay →

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Has Any People Heard the Voice of God Speaking . . . And Survived? Part Three

If God has spoken, then the highest human aspiration must be to hear what the Creator has said. Revelation is necessarily a personal matter. To…Read this essay →

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Has Any People Heard the Voice of God Speaking . . . And Survived? Part Two

In the book of Deuteronomy, we meet the speaking God. “Has any people heard the voice of God speaking from the midst of the fire,…Read this essay →

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Has Any People Heard the Voice of God Speaking . . . And Survived? Part One

Deuteronomy chapter four is one of the great touchstone passages in all of Scripture. As we come to this passage, my heart and soul are…Read this essay →

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The State of Preaching Today

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it…Read this essay →

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A Pact With Death? Why the Christian Worldview Matters

Jenni Murray has made her pact with death. The popular and controversial presenter of “Woman's Hour,” a popular program on the BBC, stated her views…Read this essay →

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The Heretic, the Bible, and the Birth of the Modern World

In a very real sense, the modern world began 350 summers ago when a young man was excommunicated by the Jewish community in Amsterdam. The…Read this essay →

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A Deep and Radical Antagonism—The Bible and Secular Worldviews

"It need not further be denied," argued James Orr, "that between this view of the world involved in Christianity, and what is sometimes called 'the…Read this essay →

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The Ties That No Longer Bind? Marriage and the Virtue of Loyalty

Can we live without loyalty? James Q. Wilson argues that the decline of marriage and loyalty now threatens to undermine our social cohesiveness and to…Read this essay →

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What If There Are No Adults?

The transition to adulthood used to be one of the main goals of the young. Adulthood was seen to be a status worth achieving and…Read this essay →

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The Culture of Offendedness–A Christian Challenge

A new and unprecedented right is now the central focus of legal, procedural, and cultural concern in many corridors–a supposed right not to be offended.…Read this essay →

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“Being 13″–TIME Takes a Look at the New Adolescents

“What does it mean to be 13, back stage adults, watching on tiptoe, waiting to go onstage?” That question sent TIME Magazine and a team…Read this essay →

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Can Believers Be Bible Scholars? A Strange Debate in the Academy

Michael V. Fox doesn’t believe that faith-based scholarship of the Bible is possible–and he wants to see such scholars marginalized in the larger world of…Read this essay →

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The Whole Earth Is Full of His Glory: The Recovery of Authentic Worship, Part Three

Not only does authentic worship begin with a true vision of the living God, but second, authentic worship leads to a confession of sin, both…Read this essay →

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The Whole Earth Is Full of His Glory: The Recovery of Authentic Worship, Part Two

Where shall we turn for instruction on how we ought to worship? There is only one place we can turn, and that is to the…Read this essay →

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The Whole Earth Is Full of His Glory: The Recovery of Authentic Worship, Part One

Surveying the literature on worship currently being published, and listening to the conversations currently taking place among the churches, one can quickly discern that worship…Read this essay →

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