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Month: April 2013

Why We Must Teach On Marriage In the Church

Why We Must Teach On Marriage In the Church

Tuesday Pastor-Teacher Focus Before I get to far into this series, I need to explain why I think we need to teach on marriage in the church, in light of the same-sex “marriage” controversy. I don’t want you to think it’s primarily a political thing. For me, that’s pretty far in the background. Not that I’m unaware of it, but it’s not the main thing motivating me. My guess is that if it were only about politics, it would be…

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How Do You Tell a Good Answer From a Bad One?

How Do You Tell a Good Answer From a Bad One?

Monday Student Focus I’ve been posting here about the importance of questions, and I got a great one from Tony that I’ll be addressing soon. Before I go there, though, I sense a need to say something about answers: how do you tell a good answer from a bad one? Since you’re reading this you’ve probably reached the stage where, “Mom or Dad said so,” isn’t good enough any longer. My wife and I are encouraging our son and daughter to…

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Down the “Marriage” Slippery Slope

Down the “Marriage” Slippery Slope

Predictably enough, the “marriage” slippery slope is showing up for what it is. From John Stonestreet’s BreakPoint commentary: As Dr. George pointed out in “First Things,” when Christians pointed out the logical link between same-sex marriage and polygamy, proponents of same-sex marriage rejected the connection. They insisted that “no one is arguing for the legal recognition of polygamous or polyamorous relationships as marriages!” George writes in response, “That was then; this is now.” The “then” he referred to was last week;…

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To Tell Truth From Error: The Church’s Teaching Responsibility

To Tell Truth From Error: The Church’s Teaching Responsibility

We don’t know how to tell truth from error, and it’s time for the church to take responsibility. The Roman Catholic Church in New York is promoting Jesus Christ as “The Original Hipster.” I saw that on yesterday’s news, just a day after I found out  an online poll by Prospect magazine had Richard Dawkins being named the world’s top thinker. Neither of these speaks well for the state of thinking in our world. Richard Dawkins is a prolific popularizer,…

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Talk To Your Kids About Faith

Talk To Your Kids About Faith

Do you talk to your kids about faith? It can do them a world of good. Based on research from the Search Institute, though, you’re an unusual parent if you do. This group found, [in a] nationwide study of 11,000 teenagers from 561 congregations across six denominations, 12 percent of youth have a regular dialogue with their mom on faith or life issues. . . . It’s far lower for dads. One out of twenty kids, or 5 percent, has regular faith or…

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No Crimes in the Name of Atheism?

No Crimes in the Name of Atheism?

Here: As Beatrice and Sidney Webb wrote in their admiring description of the USSR (‘Soviet Communism: A New Civilisation, 1940 edition) : ’It is exactly the explicit denial of the intervention of any God, or indeed of any will other than human will, in the universe, that has attracted to Soviet Communism the sympathies of many intellectuals and especially of scientists in civilised countries’. They added :’Lenin insisted, as the basis of all his teaching, on a resolute denial of…

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Biblical and Secular Reasons for Man-Woman Marriage: Introduction

Biblical and Secular Reasons for Man-Woman Marriage: Introduction

I’ve been looking forward to this series for a long time: Biblical and Secular Reasons for Man-Woman Marriage. I’ve plotted out a preliminary table of contents, where you’ll see I expect to have quite a lot to say. On the Fault Line This is a defining issue for our day. It is by no means a strictly religious issue; hence the secular reasons, which will take up much more than the majority of what I will write. Nevertheless it sits…

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Richard Dawkins’ Hypocrisy

Richard Dawkins’ Hypocrisy

Richard Dawkins’ hypocrisy drags on: Professor Richard Dawkins has claimed that forcing a religion on children without questioning its merits is as bad as ‘child abuse’. In typically incendiary style, the leading atheist said he was against the ‘indoctrination of religion’ and teaching it as fact. [From Richard Dawkins: Forcing religion on your children is child abuse, claims atheist professor | Mail Online] He’s just wrong. Not “religiously” wrong (well, he is that, too) but scientifically wrong. Wrong according to…

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