Dunkirk and the Power of Story

I recently caught Dunkirk, the Christopher Nolan movie that tells the story of the daring rescue of Allied soldiers in the early days of World War II. When Nazi Germany invaded France in May 1940, they began to push English, Belgian and French forces to the sea. The British Expeditionary Force made the decision...

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Recognizing the Idols in Your Life

Have you ever made love to the earth? Ecosexuals have. Founded by art professor and former prostitute Elizabeth Stephens and performance artist Annie Sprinkle, ecosexuality (also called sexecology) views the earth as a mate. The movement’s manifesto endorses  talking erotically to plants, admiring the planet’s curves and getting “pleasured by waterfalls.” Ecosexuals have hiked naked, kissed...

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Monopoly of Hope

It’s been a tough week. Three young men whom I knew — in their 20s and 30s — tragically died, all within days of each another. One took his life; another overdosed; the last passed away in his sleep. On Sunday morning, I showed up at the church where the first two men were active...

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Does the Mainline Church Have only 22 Easters to Go?

The mainline Protestant church doesn’t have much longer. At least, that’s the speculation of an April 28 article written by Ed Stetzer, who holds the Billy Graham Distinguished Chair at Wheaton College near Chicago. Stetzer cited a 2016 study from the General Social Survey, which has been tracking people who identify as Protestants with their church...

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In This Case, Pointing is not Rude

A young Indian man studying law in South Africa decided to attend church. Raised a Hindu, he became fascinated by the teachings of Christ and wanted to know more. One Sunday morning, as he climbed the steps of a local church, an usher rudely stopped him. “Where do you think you’re...

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Beyond Compare

What is it about Jesus that fascinates so many people? He never commanded a vast army or sat on an earthly throne. He grew up in a middling town that was never mentioned in the Old Testament. Before his public ministry, people knew him as the carpenter’s son and little...

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Don’t Overlook This!

Did the resurrection of Christ really happen? Lee Strobel didn’t think so. When his wife started attending church, Lee set out to debunk this audacious claim of Christianity. Using his investigative reporting skills, he interviewed theologians, pastors, archaeologists, medical doctors and professors. In the end, he came to a conclusion he...

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The Case for Christ

The Case for Christ is one of the best faith-based movies I’ve seen. The acting was good, the story compelling and the schmaltz was kept to a minimum. If you have never read the book that the film is based on, it was published in 1998, detailing the exhaustive research that led Lee...

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Godless Churches

When a preacher guy like me sees a headline that blares, “Clergy who don’t believe in organized religion?,” it’s like dangling a minnow in front of a bass. So naturally I took the bait, clicking on this March 30 Washington Times article by Julie Zauzmer. There I found a story that was...

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Yes, Christian, it’s Important to “Go to Church”

  Some folks didn’t like an article that I linked on social media a couple of weeks ago.  It was entitled, “Sorry, but if you’re a Christian, you need to go to church. Regularly.” People fired off a number of reasons why they didn’t need to attend church. Most of the comments...

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