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Blogging, Servanthood, and Strategy: Announcing Major Changes To Come

Blogging, Servanthood, and Strategy: Announcing Major Changes To Come

I’ve been blogging for eight years, and I have finally realized I’ve been going about it all wrong. I’ll be making changes behind the scenes throughout the month of December. If all goes well, I’ll be rolling out a completely new and re-purposed blog on January 1. I wanted to let you know so you could be looking forward to the changes. What’s wrong here, you ask? A couple things. Both of them are significant. The first one is that…

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“Why Liberals Are More Intelligent Than Conservatives”

“Why Liberals Are More Intelligent Than Conservatives”

Why do liberals think they are more intelligent than conservatives? “Because they are So says evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa in Psychology Today. Empirical research seems to support the belief, but why would it be so? It is difficult to define a whole school of political ideology precisely, but one may reasonably define liberalism (as opposed to conservatism) in the contemporary United States as the genuine concern for the welfare of genetically unrelated others and the willingness to contribute larger proportions…

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Foot-Washing Today

Foot-Washing Today

Many churches practice a foot-washing ceremony on Maundy Thursday, following the example and command Jesus gave in John 13:1-15. We used to do that at a church we attended in Orlando. I felt pretty uncomfortable taking a basin of water to people who had removed their shoes and socks, and washing and wiping their feet. It felt strange when someone did it for me. I wonder if these services miss the point completely. I’m told that foot-washing was very normal…

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Blessings Through God’s People

Blessings Through God’s People

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference I wrote earlier this week that God’s people had been called to be a blessing to all nations of the earth. What was that blessing to be? The answer to that is clear, though it’s complicated, because it hasn’t been a sudden outpouring right from the start. It’s been gradual. God “knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust” (Psalm 103:14). He works with his people to work…

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A Christmas Reflection: Incarnation, Mission, and Worldview

A Christmas Reflection: Incarnation, Mission, and Worldview

Here’s a completely different kind of Christmas reflection for you: my BreakPoint column, Incarnation, Mission, and Worldview. It begins, It was about a dozen years ago that our church’s pastor came back from a pastors’ conference and told us our denomination was growing rapidly everywhere in the world except North America. We were shrinking here, he said. I remember what I thought. I don’t remember if I said it to him out loud. In a way I hope I didn’t,…

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Is Campus Crusade Falling Away From Christ?

Is Campus Crusade Falling Away From Christ?

Update: See also It’s Not About Us I am a long-term staff member with Campus Crusade for Christ who has believed that it was time for a change in our movement’s name. Last Monday the announcement was made that our U.S. ministries would become “Cru.” In this article I am speaking for myself and not for Campus Crusade’s senior leaders. For me the change was welcome. Not all are so convinced it’s a good thing. Some observers in the blogosphere…

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He Healed the Sick, But What Did He Do For the Poor?

He Healed the Sick, But What Did He Do For the Poor?

Jesus healed the sick everywhere he went. He had the power to feed the poor, as we know from the feedings of the 5,000 and the 4,000. Other than those two meals, though, there is no sign that he did anything to directly take care of their needs. “The poor you will always have with you,” he said. Why did he do one but not the other? Would it have been that much harder for him to solve a few…

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