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As far back as data exists, the universal experience has been that transgenderism was an extraordinarily rare occurrence, especially among females. The past decade, however, witnessed an unprecedented increase in the numbers of young people identifying as transgender and seeking to transition. The surge was particularly striking among young adolescent females who were heavy users…

Evangelicals and vaccine rejection

September 4, 2021 | health, social issues | 1 Comment

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Is vaccine resistance an abuse of religious liberty? Do vaccine resisters imperil others? What underlies opposition to the COVID vaccine? In a weekly column on Sunday, August 29, Evangelical attorney David French declared “It’s Time to Stop Rationalizing and Enabling Evangelical Vaccine Rejection.” Is that really a thing, you may ask? There certainly is some…

Thinking about Believing

May 27, 2021 | apologetics, pride, sexuality | No Comments

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Most people operate under the assumption that their beliefs are grounded in facts, reason, and experience. It follows that any error of belief must stem from one of those three. They also become the basis for our efforts to educate or persuade those with different beliefs. If only facts were so readily recognizable. We face…

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Thanks to the research of Mark Regnerus and others, there is an emerging awareness that the greatest impediment to Christian discipleship and church growth in the 21st century is a disordered view of human sexuality that began with the so-called "sexual revolution" of the 60's. The Bible explicitly declares, and historic Christianity has affirmed, three…

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In last Saturday’s New York Times, Christian columnist Ross Douthat asks, “Can the Meritocracy Find God?” "The secularization of America probably won’t reverse unless the intelligentsia gets religion,” writes Douthat. Nor is he sanguine for the prospects of that occurring. Douthat postulates two primary obstacles. First, “a moral vision that regards emancipated, self-directed choice as…

Screwtape’s Revenge

February 26, 2021 | apologetics, social issues, theology | No Comments

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“There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them.” C. S. Lewis, Preface to The Screwtape Letters. A personal journey I almost thought I’d figured it…

Christians and Conspiracies

February 5, 2021 | pride, social issues, theology | 2 Comments

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“You can’t handle the truth!” That classic line from Colonel Jessup in the witness stand became a waving flag for many. It is so enticing to think we own the truth, and that those who can’t “handle” it are naïve, weak, or cowardly. Delivered to perfection by Jack Nicholson, Jessup hammered a wedge between truth…

COVID-19: Is the end in sight?

February 4, 2021 | health | No Comments

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This could be the good news event of the year. Why is no one talking about it? COVID infections in the US have been plunging over the last 3 weeks. 2020: Goodbye and good riddance. The world is exhausted. Over a year after the SARS-Coronavirus-2 pandemic escaped China and infected the world, we are lonely,…

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The Sexual Devolution After millennia in which universal, heterosexual marriage and childbearing was the normative standard for human sexual activity, a counter-narrative swept the Western world in the mid-20th century. Like Godzilla from the ocean depths, the dragon wrought havoc and mayhem, not on the skyscrapers of Tokyo, but on that fragile social compact governing…

The Great Omission

September 3, 2020 | apologetics, pride, social issues | No Comments

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Has the church lost its focus? Perhaps no other verse is so singularly preeminent in defining the Church’s mission to the world, and for good reason: And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations,…

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In Part 1 of this series, we looked at two common objections to a traditional Christian view of sexuality: "What about other Old Testament rules we don’t keep?" and, “The New Testament teaching on sexuality was socially constructed and not intended for universal application.” In Part 2, we will examine two more recent arguments that…

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