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9 Practical Ways To Build Discipleship of the Mind in Your Local Church

9 Practical Ways To Build Discipleship of the Mind in Your Local Church

I’ve been writing about the question of “keeping the cookies on the lower shelf” in Sunday morning sermons. Here are some ways you (as pastor) or your church can raise the level of discussion, and build discipleship of the mind, without leaving any listeners behind. These are just seed thoughts; I’m sure the entire list of possible ways could number 900 or 9000. Ask during sermon prep, “Who might have a problem with this message I’m preaching? What might they…

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The Loneliness of Understanding Reality Christianly

The Loneliness of Understanding Reality Christianly

Someone on Facebook asked, “How would you answer this?” Christian, watch it if you dare. Prepare for a barrage. At the end of the clip, the interviewer says, “That sure is the longest answer to that question that I ever got in this entire series,” and they both laugh over it. That’s nothing, though, compared to how long it would take to answer Stephen Fry. That’s because few people understand what’s behind the Christian explanation for reality as a whole: they…

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The Loneliness of Thinking Christianly

The Loneliness of Thinking Christianly

I got an email from a reader named Mark this morning, who told me he was frustrated by the lack of decent thinking among many in the Church. He said he’s looking for a higher conversation than is generally available. Christians, we have to take this seriously. For the past three years or so, at apologetics conferences across the country, I’ve asked numerous groups this question: “How many of you who have a real interest in apologetics, worldview, and other aspects…

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Growth in Being and In Power—In Jesus Christ

Growth in Being and In Power—In Jesus Christ

I've been reading David Bentley Hart's The Experience of God. I would recommend Hart to atheists the way I would recommend Hitchens to theists: both are (or were, sadly, in Hitchens' case) among the finest fitters of words in the contemporary literature concerning God. There is of course an enormous difference between the two authors, and thus in the way I would recommend them. They both know how to say things well, but Hart has the overwhelming advantage over Hitchens…

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Equipping Parents As Teachers

Equipping Parents As Teachers

My latest Worldview and You column pointed to parents’ responsibilities, both to set a sound example for their children and also to teach them well in the faith. Obviously this is a challenge. Obviously also it would be great if the church could step in and help parents be more effective in training up their children. Some churches are doing it well. None would claim they’re doing it perfectly. Most churches major on the message of living the Christian life….

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Same-Sex “Marriage” and the “Dogma” Fallacy

Same-Sex “Marriage” and the “Dogma” Fallacy

Commenter Fleegman has come to the conclusion that All I’m saying is – as you agreed – the primary motivation for Christians [to oppose SSM] is accepted Christian dogma on the subject. Since this is irrelevant as far as the law is concerned, you have to come up with secular reasons. There are at least four errors here related to “dogma:” An error concerning what dogma is An internal contradiction in Fleegman’s thinking A further misconception about Christian thinking Bigotry…

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