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Grace Is Not a Thing

The great American theologian Al Pacino once said, “I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn't work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for …

Hunger and Thirst

In an age of so much, why do we act as if we have so little? Why is satisfaction so elusive? Why do we struggle to be content?I want to examine the …

New Testament

'One Anothers' I Can't Find in the New Testament

The beautiful “one another” commands of the New Testament are famous. But it is also striking to notice the “one anothers” that do <i>not</i> appear …

Why Don’t We See Miracles Like the Apostles Did?

Many contemporary Christians feel disconnected from the vibrant, Spirit-filled ministries of the prophets and apostles described in the Bible. In the …

How to Weigh Doctrines for Christian Unity

Last month a group of Protestant theologians met in California to discuss the Future of Protestantism. While summaries and follow-ups of the event …

Anita Fam's Doublethink on the Family: If "family" can mean anything, it means nothing

The Brave New World: Same-sex marriage and the "unpleasant" fact that children have a father and a mother

The Instability of Cohabitation

Worship According to the Word

In <i>The Brothers Karamazov</i>, Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Grand Inquisitor offers this insight into fallen human nature: “So long as man remains free he strives …

Don't Pray like a Pagan

Jesus was saying in Matthew 6:7 that we must not regard prayer as some kind of magical incantation, for that is how pagans pray. They recite certain …

A Dialogue on Our Design

Oprah asked Rob Bell about God.<p>In a video interview, as part of a new daytime series on her own network, she posed the question, <i>What is your</i> …

Feminism

Why wonder is the most human of all emotions – Jesse Prinz

When I was growing up in New York City, a high point of my calendar was the annual arrival of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus — ‘the …

Art

Beauty is truth? There’s a false equation – Philip Ball

Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity is a century old next year and, as far as the test of time is concerned, it seems to have done rather …

Make the Switch in Life and Worship

During a ferocious winter storm, I awoke in the middle of the night to find my house without electricity. A quick glance out the window revealed that …

Jesus

Ten Reasons to Memorize Big Chunks of the Bible

You <i>can</i> memorize big chunks, even books, of the Bible. Unless you’re part of the very small percentage of us who suffer from a traumatic brain injury …

Theology

“So Peter Opened His Mouth” — The Preacher’s Calling Reduced to Five Powerful Words

Yawning at the Word

<b>THE ARTICLE</b><p>When I preach, I often quote the Bible to drive home my point. I think it more persuasive to show that what I’m saying is not merely my …

The Sheer Weightlessness of So Many Sermons—Why Expository Preaching Matters

Falling on Deaf Ears?—Why So Many Churches Hear So Little of the Bible

When Waiting Doesn’t Work

Fifty-one years ago this spring, thirty-four-year-old Martin Luther King, Jr. sat in a Birmingham jail cell, technically because he had been …

Martin Luther King, Jr.