Obituaries

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The Briefing 08-07-13

Washington DC legalizes gender change on birth certificate without surgery; Print media in US in trouble as several major publications sold; “Civil Religion” sociologist Robert…Read this essay →

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Gore Vidal and the Sky God

The death of author and controversialist Gore Vidal last week brought an end to one of America's most gifted and flamboyantly offensive literary voices. Eugene...Read this essay →

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Torah and Truth: Theology in the Obituary Pages

Theological lessons appear in the most unexpected places. The February 12, 2012 edition of The New York Times included an obituary for Rabbi W. Gunther...Read this essay →

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Learning from Christopher Hitchens: Lessons Evangelicals Must Not Miss

The death of Christopher Hitchens on December 15 was not unexpected, and that seemed only to add to the tragedy.  His fight against cancer had...Read this essay →

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Is God a Problem? Modern Theology Faces its Alternatives

Their obituaries may have been published side by side, but — in the truest sense — Gordon Kaufman and John Stott were never on the…Read this essay →

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The Death of a (Former) Atheist — Antony Flew, 1923-2010

Antony Flew’s rejection of atheism is an encouragement, but his rejection of Christianity is a warning. Rejecting atheism is simply not enough.Read this essay →

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Taking the Measure of Oral Roberts

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Taking the Measure of Oral Roberts

The life of Oral Roberts has been widely followed and seriously influential in the Christian world.  Many American Christian homes during the twentieth century were...Read this essay →

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Remembering the Life and Legacy of Jonathan Edwards

Do American evangelicals have anything to learn from Jonathan Edwards? It's been 250 years since his death, but his influence on American evangelicalism remains ever-present....Read this essay →

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“One Word of Truth Will Outweigh the Whole World” — The Death of Alexander Solzhenitsyn

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“Excellence in All Things and All Things to God’s Glory” — The Legacy of Dr. D. James Kennedy

The death of Dr. D. James Kennedy is yet another reminder of what the hymn writer Isaac Watts saw when he wrote that "time, like...Read this essay →

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The Measure Of The Man: The Legacy Of Dr. Jerry Falwell

The death of Dr. Jerry Falwell brings an end to one of the most fascinating lives of the 20th century. In so many ways, Jerry...Read this essay →

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From My Cold Dead Hands? Gun Control and the Loss of Community

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Ronald H. Nash — In Memoriam

I withheld my formal comments on the death of Dr. Ronald H. Nash until my statement could be read at the memorial service held in...Read this essay →

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The Inimitable Don Knotts, Dead at 81

The death of a man who brought so many, including my own family, so much wholesome laughter should not pass without notice here. Don Knotts...Read this essay →

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The Disillusioned Feminist — Betty Friedan Dies At Age 85

Feminist writer and pioneer Betty Friedan died Saturday on the very day she turned 85 years of age. Her 1963 book, The Feminine Mystique, sparked...Read this essay →

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A Patriarch Passes — The Death of Dr. Adrian Rogers

The news from Memphis brings to a close one of the greatest pulpit ministries of our times. Dr. Adrian Rogers died early this morning after...Read this essay →

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Texas Pastor Electrocuted During Baptism

Kyle Lake, pastor of University Baptist Church in Waco, Texas, died Sunday after being electrocuted while performing a baptism. According to the Associated Press, UniversityBaptistChurch...Read this essay →

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Rosa Parks and the Burden of History

In his massive work, A History of the American People, British historian Paul Johnson observed that American history raises some of the most fundamental questions...Read this essay →

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John Paul II–The Man and His Legacy

The death of Pope John Paul II brings one of the Roman Catholic Church’s longest papal reigns to an end and closes the last chapter…Read this essay →