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Christians Are Called to be Great

Christians Are Called to be Great

While I learn my new position as senior editor with The Stream, I’ll  be re-posting older, “evergreen” blog posts that were written on an older blogging system and aren’t directly accessible from this one. This one was originally published in 2005. It’s a long study, admittedly. It’s also been extremely influential in my own thinking and in others’ from around the world. Called to be Great This message is intended primarily for people who don’t think it’s for them: those who will…

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Ten Reasons the Bible Has It Right on Slavery

Ten Reasons the Bible Has It Right on Slavery

I read Keith’s comment #172 this morning with deep grief in my heart. He wondered whether there was something unique about Christianity that would cause it to be more liberating than other worldviews (especially Jainism). My grief is this: we Christians have not explained and demonstrated the most basic realities of our faith. If we had, Keith would never have had to ask. Slavery is many things. It’s a form of relationship between human beings. It’s an economic system, a…

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Do You Think About God As He Truly Is?

Do You Think About God As He Truly Is?

If these questions don’t challenge you to the depth of your intellect, you’re not thinking of God as God really is: Read through the list, and then I’ll explain more of what I meant by that. When God created space, where did he put it? Where did God get the idea of energy and matter? When God caused the beginning of the created order, what gave him the idea of “beginning”? Where did beauty come from? What processes and methods…

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Safe For Humans Here

Safe For Humans Here

The gospel of Jesus Christ is good news for all because we all share the same human condition, the same human needs, the same human problem. I’ve been writing here about humanness, and I have more to share on that. I’ve written in the past on the importance of treating one another as human. I am now declaring this blog a human-safe zone: a place where we will not attack other people as people. This is a change in policy….

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Okay, You’re Right: There’s No Evidence For Faith …

Okay, You’re Right: There’s No Evidence For Faith …

Part of the extended series Evidence for the Faith I thought I was about to launch into a series on evidence for the Christian faith. Recent discussion here tells me there’s one more preliminary step to take first, however. I haven’t yet defined just what it is I’m about to provide evidence for. You see, there’s one sense in which the New Atheists are right: there’s no evidence for faith. They’re right, however, only to the extent that they misunderstand…

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Says the Madman: “Humanity Is Dead, and We Are Its Murderers”

Says the Madman: “Humanity Is Dead, and We Are Its Murderers”

  “Whither is humanity? cried the Madman. I will tell you. We have killed it. We are its murderers! But how could we do this? Are we not plunging continually? How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers?” When Friedrich Nietzsche’s Madman told the world, “God is dead, and we are his murderers,” it was as if he alone understood the enormity of the crime. It took a thinker of Nietzsche’s dark brilliance to fathom the depths of what this “death…

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The Humbling Insult of God’s Unconditional Love

The Humbling Insult of God’s Unconditional Love

We’re on the leading edge of a long weekend here (Monday is Memorial Day in the United States). I’m the last to leave my office today; the boss gave us all the afternoon off, but I decided to stay a while, to read and write in the quiet. It’s not, I’m sad to say, as quiet within me as it is around me. So much to do! So much to catch up on! And why? Misunderstanding Why God Loves Us…

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