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The Briefing 12-17-13

Pope Francis: TIME Person of the Year; Despite the “Francis Effect,” how much has really changed? Despite the “Francis Effect,” how much has really changed?Read this essay →

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The Briefing 12-11-13

The power of gesture: What we can and cannot conclude from handshake between Raúl Castro and Obama; Legalize marijuana or harm the environment and suffer…Read this essay →

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The Briefing 10-07-13

Supreme Court could take on seismic cultural issues this season; Rift over abortion at Catholic School instructive for Evangelicals; Dating at 11 years-old is dangerous.…Read this essay →

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The Briefing 09-20-13

Pope says Church must stop “obsessing” over homosexuality, abortion, and contraception; What Roe v. Wade legalized: Unvarnished, unevasive celebration of sex-selection abortion; Moral wisdom from…Read this essay →

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The Briefing 09-13-13

Theology matters: Pope Francis says salvation can come through “obeying conscience”; Abortion celebrated in NY Times wedding announcement, and in our society; Arsenio Hall: An…Read this essay →

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Who Am I to Judge? The Pope, the Press, and the Predicament

Pope Francis pulled a surprise on reporters when he walked back to the press section of his Alitalia papal flight from Brazil and entered into...Read this essay →

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John F. Kennedy in Houston, Fifty Years Later

On September 12, 1960, Sen. John F. Kennedy, the Democratic Party's candidate for President of the United States, went to Texas and addressed the Greater...Read this essay →

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‘Prettifying’ Darwin — A Timely Look at a Losing Strategy

Accommodations to evolutionary theory never end. There will always be “unfinished business” that will demand further theological concessions.Read this essay →

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Why I Signed The Manhattan Declaration

I am not inclined to sign manifestos or petitions. While believing strongly and passionately about many causes, I am not usually impressed with the effectiveness...Read this essay →

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Faith Without Works is Dead: An Evangelical Meditation on Mother Teresa

"But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?" With those words the Apostle James declared war on the theological fiction...Read this essay →

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They’re Back . . . The Pope and Indulgences

Looking to Christianity's third millennium, Pope John Paul II has declared "The Great Jubilee of the Year 2000"—and indulgences from punishment for sin are a...Read this essay →

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Blessed Art Thou Among Women: The New Debate Over Mary

The issue of Mary remains one of the hottest debates on the Protestant/Roman Catholic divide, and new proposals for Marian doctrines are likely to ignite...Read this essay →

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Should we lose the fear of Hell? The Pope redefines the doctrine

With thoughts focused on the hereafter, Pope John Paul II expounded on heaven, hell and purgatory in his recent weekly audiences. The pope's messages reached...Read this essay →

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The Archbishop Takes on Little League: Does Sunday Matter Anymore?

John Cardinal O'Connor has had enough. Angry that Major League Baseball will play games on Good Friday, the Cardinal Archbishop of New York announced that...Read this essay →

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The Evolution of Catholicism

One cannot understand the theology of the Reformers without first understanding the theology of the Catholic Church in the sixteenth century.  Similarly, an understanding of...Read this essay →

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The Pope Comes to America — Evangelical Thoughts

Pope Benedict XVI arrived in the United States yesterday, and a flood of media attention has arrived with him. I was asked by editors at...Read this essay →

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Mother Teresa’s “Crisis of Faith”

What are we to make of Mother Teresa's crisis of faith? That is a question I have been repeatedly asked in recent days. This week's...Read this essay →

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“What Does God Care What We Call Him?”

A retiring Roman Catholic bishop in the Netherlands has been making headlines around the world in recent days with his suggestion that Dutch Christians should...Read this essay →

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Heresy in the Cathedral

The Rt. Rev. Peter Jensen, Australia's Archbishop of Sydney, is making headlines for denying a heretic access to the pulpits of the churches under his...Read this essay →

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No, I’m Not Offended

Aren't you offended? That is the question many Evangelicals are being asked in the wake of a recent document released by the Vatican. The document...Read this essay →

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The Church, the Bible, and the Body of Christ

Dr. Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, faces an incredible challenge as he attempts to hold the worldwide Anglican Communion together. The communion is torn...Read this essay →

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Whatever Happened to Hell?

Pope Benedict XVI's recent comments about hell's absence from our religious conversation have provoked a reaction in the media. As evangelicals we are left to...Read this essay →

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Canterbury and Rome to Merge? As if the Anglican Communion Needed Another Controversy

Ruth Gledhill of The Times [London] is out with a bombshell in this morning's edition of the paper. If the report had been published in...Read this essay →

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“On Faith” — Controversy Over The Pope’s Visit to Turkey

The "On Faith" question at The Washington Post and Newsweek magazine this week concerns Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Turkey. Here is the question: Pope...Read this essay →

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The Pope, the Prophet, and the Crisis of Truth

Pope Benedict XVI visited his native Germany last week and delivered an address to the science faculty of the University of Regensburg. His address dealt...Read this essay →

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The Pope, Islam And The Christian World View

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Competing Christianities—Matthew Fox and His “New Reformation”

The conventional wisdom reminds us that a man is often known by his enemies. The same is true for Christianity and, through centuries of heresy,…Read this essay →

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An Ecumenical Council to Address “Biblical Fundamentalism?”

I had to hear this one for myself. Presiding Bishop Mark Hansen of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has called for an ecumenical council...Read this essay →

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An Evolving Position on Evolution? Interesting Developments in the Roman Catholic Church

A leading Roman Catholic cardinal has issued a statement that has caused quite a stir in both scientific and theological circles. Christoph Schonborn, the cardinal...Read this essay →

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Anglicans and Roman Catholics Together–On Mary

A major report on Mary was released May 16 in Seattle by the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission. The document, known popularly as "The Seattle Statement,"...Read this essay →

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