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Conventional Thinking: Fighting ‘fetus fatigue’
Mar03

Conventional Thinking: Fighting ‘fetus fatigue’

A new term was coined recently: “fetus fatigue.” The term refers to pro-life Christians and others growing weary of the epic struggle to protect the unborn. In the past 42 years since the U.S. Supreme Court’s infamous Roe v. Wade ruling effectively legalized abortion on demand in America, millions of Christians have engaged in many efforts to combat the unspeakable tragedy of abortion. In recent decades, Christians have shown a...

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Conventional Thinking: ISIS, Muslims & the Gospel
Feb19

Conventional Thinking: ISIS, Muslims & the Gospel

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) yet again made headlines with their barbarous, murderous beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians. This jihadist group, which reportedly claims to follow Islam, is violently making a name for itself in the Middle East and around the world. Evangelist Franklin Graham responded this way to the ordeal: “Can you imagine the outcry if 21 Muslims had been beheaded by Christians? Where is the universal...

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Conventional Thinking: Sexual identity crisis—Part 2
Feb17

Conventional Thinking: Sexual identity crisis—Part 2

In his classic book, Men and Marriage, sociologist George Gilder argues that there really is no such thing as human beings. He says, instead, there are only men and women, males and females. To a certain degree, the biblical worldview affirms that conclusion, as God made a man (Adam) and a woman (Eve), from which all persons descended. Gilder’s point offers a helpful reminder that your sex—whether you are male or female—is one of the...

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Conventional Thinking: Sexual identity crisis
Feb10

Conventional Thinking: Sexual identity crisis

I recently attended my first-ever gender identity reveal party, in which the expectant mother and father revealed the sex of the baby. More and more couples are finding out whether it’s a boy or girl through ultrasound these days. At the same time, more and more in society are confused about their own sexual identity. Last June at the meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, messengers to the annual meeting took up the issue and...

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Conventional Thinking: Piercing arrows
Feb03

Conventional Thinking: Piercing arrows

If there were one takeaway from the 2015 State Evangelism Conference, it’s the desperate urgency to pray for revival in the church and to work like never before to reach the lost in this state. If there were another, it was voiced by author and pastor Jim Cymbala. He spoke how we are losing the reached, namely some of our own children and grandchildren. On Tuesday evening, the final night of the conference, Cymbala led a special...

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Conventional Thinking: Homosexuality & the church
Jan27

Conventional Thinking: Homosexuality & the church

Society’s rapid acceptance of homosexuality—and the arrival of same-sex marriage in particular—has caught the church flat footed. We know what we believe and why, based on the Scriptures, but we often do not know how to talk about it. Or at least not in productive ways. I see two unproductive responses among Christians on the issue of homosexuality. One is to shout all the louder about it being sinful. The other is pure silence....

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