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John Murray

Why is there so much good in our fallen world?

The answer to this question can be found in the doctrine of common grace.  


Writing during the early years of World War II, Scottish theologian John Murray penned a very helpful exposition of this doctrine, which he introduced

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Persecuted Christians-Marshall

The new Via Crucis – The Way of the Cross, 2014…

We live in a new age of Christian martyrs.  It is estimated that the 20th century saw the killing of over half of all Christian ever martyred.  And over 1 million Christians have died for their faith

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Jesus Christ--Life of the Mind

Jesus Christ and the life of the mind…

The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind is undoubtedly one of the most significant assessments of modern evangelicalism to date.  Historian Mark Noll summed up his appraisal in the very first sentence:  “The scandal of the evangelical mind is

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Flannery O'Connor

Sentimental Christians, a brood of wingless chickens…

What is the chief end of God?  The “chief end of God is to glorify us and to be useful to us indefinitely.”  This inversion of the opening line of the Westminster Confession is theologian Leander Keck’s way …

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Beyond the extremes of blessing or bashing popular culture…

In popular culture we live and move and have our being.  This observation by theologian Robert Banks is hard to argue with since American society has very little of what has historically been called high culture.  In agreement,

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Andrew Root

Community and church as zombie institutions…

Our foundational institutions—the family, the church, the school—have become zombie institutions.  They are alive, but they no longer perform the critical roles they played in the past.


Contemporary culture is liquid, in the words of Polish sociologist Zygmunt Bauman.

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Peter Leithart--2

The Christian temptation to frustration…

Living out of sync with the ways of our secular age can be vexing!  In one sense, frustration is understandable since cultural momentum favors the secular bent of society.  But frustration can lead to an ineffective and dangerous

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Tacky Dress-Church 2

Stop dressing so tacky for church…

Dress, manners and morals.  Isn’t it possible that we’ve lost something in our current culture of casual?  Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that, with casual as an almost universal guiding principle, we live in an age of “sloppy …

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Dallas Willard

Clarifying and considering pluralism…

Pluralism is an everyday reality.  We meet it when we take our children to soccer on Saturday.  It’s present in our schools.  It’s the backdrop to many of the news stories we hear daily.  Pluralism is

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James Schall

Why silencing Christians will continue…

As moral and social disorders increase, the number of things to “never discuss in polite company” multiplies.  Some of the limitations come from legislation, the so-called hate speech laws.  But many, if not most, of the constraints on

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