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Essays on Culture

The postmodern generation is emerging, and they are all looking for community and some form of mystic togetherness. This search for belonging comes with desires for liberation, social activism, and

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I wonder sometimes how much our religious focus as evangelicals relates to what we find in scripture. Certainly, at the heart of evangelicalism is the greek word euaggelion (good news) and

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Freedom or Life? Orlando was a horrible tragedy! I have grown increasingly frustrated by how political the rhetoric becomes after a tragedy like this. So, all I posted on Facebook

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It seems that in America, guns have replaced God as a source of confidence, comfort, and protection in times of trouble–and with deadly consequences. Like the lamentation of the Psalm

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The eclipse on April 8th, 2024, has my social media feeds abuzz with all kinds of end-time speculation and projected significance beyond the actual wonder of the moon coming between

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We meet at “The Gift” a few minutes after high noon on a sunny spring afternoon.  Though our feet are planted in Iowa soil, our hearts and minds had been

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“He paid the debt he did not own, I own the debt I could not pay/ I needed someone to wash my sins away.” -Alton Howard Singers Student loan debt

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I was raised in the Baptist Church and spent almost 50 years in that world. I still teach at an evangelical university and consider myself an evangelical. Evangelicalism is in

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Would Jesus unfriend them on Facebook? What a silly fruitless question… maybe. Recently, I was challenged on the issue of love. I think this is good for us all to

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Of all the parables of Jesus, one of the most important, interesting, and of course one of my favorites, is the Parable of the Sower. In my opinion, it should

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The concept of a Christian worldview is fundamentally simple, but its implications are profound. There are a modest number of foundational assumptions necessary to view the world from a Christian

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Book burning and censorship campaigns seemed a relic of the past in the rural middle-class world where I grew up. We vigorously attacked the censorship of the repressive Soviet Union

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