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Can a Christian Suffer from Mental Illness?

Page 1 of 2<p>My mother has schizophrenia. Her illness had a profound effect on our family, especially when I was a young teenager. Like many other …

Mental Health

The Uniting Church of Australia will allow same-sex marriages in their churches

The Uniting Church of Australia is the third largest Christian denomination in the country.<p>The Uniting Church of Australia has announced that it will …

Faith

Are You Living Worthy of the Gospel?

The Bible tells us that we are to live lives that are worthy of the gospel. Specifically, in Philippians 1 Paul tells the church, “Only let your …

Evangelical Christianity

DON’T SHRINK YOURSELF!

<i>I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God,</i> …

Theology

THE UNDOING OF UNMET EXPECTATIONS

<i>My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him. (Psalm 62:5 NKJV)</i>One of the greatest challenges in this life is in dealing with …

Jesus

Is God Necessarily the All-Determining Reality?

July 15, 2018 by Roger E. Olson<p>Is God Necessarily the All-Determining Reality?<p>Occasionally I “meet” (including non-face-to-face meetings here and …

Theology

God Grants Mulligans!

<i>If we acknowledge our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing. 1 John 1:9 (NAB)</i><p>Every week, when …

Faith

Yes, The Term “Social Justice” Can Be Found in Church Encyclicals

Yes, The Term “Social Justice” Can Be Found in Church Encyclicals<p>July 15, 2018 by Scott Eric Alt<p>Someone, somewhere (for I must protect the innocent …

Christianity

Why We Love Law More Than The Gospel

June 20, 2018 by Keith Giles<p>Today was the perfect storm of Christians praising the Law of Moses, I guess.<p>First, a friend on Facebook posted a …

Christianity

Vindicating the Vixens: How We View Bible Women Shapes Our Response to #MeToo

In the fall of 2017, the name “Harvey Weinstein” made headlines. The #MeToo movement gained momentum, #ChurchToo soon followed, and the stories of …

Christianity

How We Treat Immigrants Is How We Treat God

Many of Christianity’s tenets are inherently illogical and absurd — a person being fully man and fully God; a person rising from the dead; miracles …

Christianity

Conservative is Just a Code Word for “Godlessness”

I could have simply called this post “Franklin Graham is a liar” but I wanted something that was less obvious, more specific, as well as more likely …

Faith

What Would Jesus Do Instinctively?

Richard Beck posted one of his characteristically provocative posts recently, this one with a title informing readers that “you don’t have time for …

Faith

Drink Up! Whiskey and Wine and Enjoying God

Alcohol has been used for medicinal purposes for millennia, even finding it’s way into the Bible when an older Christian advised a young friend:<p>Stop …

Friendship Between Women and Men Is One of God’s Great Gifts

I’ve had these conversations for years but didn’t realize I needed to read a book on it until Aimee Byrd decided to write one. Why Can’t We Be …

Siblings

The Bible is not Alone

July 5, 2018 by James F. McGrath<p>It started with me saying that “the Bible is not in the Bible” in my Sunday school class.<p>I was referring to the …

jamesf.

Racism, Religion, and Rejection of Evolution

In a recent blog post Steve Wiggins wrote, “The white man doesn’t believe in evolution because that makes race random rather than a deliberate act of …

Evolution

When Politicians Determine Your Religious Beliefs

At first glance, President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court would seem a perfect reminder of why so many religious white Americans vote Republican: to promote conservative moral values. Religious values. Their values. The values that — the story goes — devout white …

Religion

The Bible is What We Make It

July 12, 2018 by James F. McGrath<p>In my Sunday school class this past Sunday, we moved into chapter 9 of the Gospel of John. Since there is a focus on …

New Testament

All Christians Are Problematic, Even Me And You

Let’s be honest, Christians. For professing a belief in a relatively unpredictable God, we have incredibly predictable defensive patterns whenever people question or critique our religion.<p>When LGBTQ folks share their stories of church trauma, someone barges in talking about how <i>their</i> church is …

lutherkingjr

Inspirational Message

Aldous Huxley

3 Scriptures That Just Keep Blowing My Mind

July 12, 2018 by Keith Giles<p>Over the last few months, I’ve run across 3 scripture verses that are seriously melting my brain. [In a very good …

Theology

What Does the Bible Say about Swearing and Cursing?

Is it ok to drop the occasional expletive? Here's what the Bible does (and doesn't) say about swearing.

cursing

Pilgrim’s Progress: How Restlessness Leads Us to Jesus

I’ve lived a tumbleweed life: I’ve had 16 addresses, been employed at 10 full-time jobs, eight part-time jobs, and a bushel basketful of freelance …

Does the religious freedom debate make sense? Of course not, it's the culture war | Jeff Sparrow

The call by social services minister, Dan Tehan, for a so-called religious discrimination act provides yet another illustration of the deep divisions within the ranks of Australian conservatism.<p>Tehan proposed the new legislation as he denounced “the creeping encroachment from the state on religious …

Religion

Spiritual Growth Is Not an Accident

We have a small garden at our home. Usually we enjoy looking at it through our kitchen window in the summer. But we haven’t enjoyed it much lately …

Gardening

Even This: Trusting God in Your Darkest Day

“<i>My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways</i> …

Spirituality

When God Isn’t There

God’s absence makes us uncomfortable. I titled a book <i>When God Isn’t There</i>, and people kept asking me, “When God isn’t there? Don’t you know God’s …

Theology

Did Paul and Moses Prioritize Mission over Joy in God?

<b>Audio Transcript</b><p><i>Both Paul and Moses said they would rather be personally damned in order for others to be saved — a sort of trade. So doesn’t this</i> …

Theology