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Guest Editorial: Is Easter too violent for kids?

>> by Russell Moore, Dean, School of Theology, Southern Seminary Every year, around this time, parents and churches ponder how to communicate the Easter story to children as something more than dyed eggs. The problem is, of course, that it’s impossible to talk about the resurrection of Jesus without talking about death. And, in the case of Jesus, it’s really hard to talk about death without talking about crucifixion. Some...

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Guest Editorial: Is culture at war with Christmas?

>> By Russell Moore Dean, School of Theology, Southern Seminary  Flipping through magazines on an airplane, I found myself sighing with irritation. An advertisement for Budweiser was tagged with the headline, “Silent Nights are Overrated.” In a second magazine, I saw an ad for a high-end outdoor grill, which read: “Who says it’s better to give than to receive?” My first reaction was one I’ve critiqued in others, to take some...

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Guest Editorial: The church and homosexuality

by Kevin DeYoung, Pastor University Reformed Church, East Lansing, Mich. Of the many complexities involving the church and homosexuality, one of the most difficult is how the former should speak of the latter. Even for those Christians who agree that homosexuality is contrary to the will of God, there is little agreement on how we ought to speak about homosexuality being contrary to the will of God. Much of this disagreement is owing...

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First Person: Save a baby; share the Gospel

Five hundred million dollars. That’s how much of our tax dollars went to funding an institution whose sole purpose is to fight against the value of life. This insight became public knowledge when in its latest annual report Planned Parenthood listed that it had received approximately $487 million of funding from the federal government. That same report showed a steady increase in the number of abortions performed at its clinics and a...

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Guest Editorial: HHS mandate challenges religious liberty

In August 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) unveiled a regulation that would require all groups require health insurance that covers abortion-inducing drugs (such as the so-called morning-after pill). The HHS, which wrongly considers those pills as contraception, included what they call a “conscience clause” that would exempt religious organizations. Yet they define it so narrowly that only churches...

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Guest Editorial: Unexpected blessings

by Paul Moody “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path.” Proverbs 3: 5-6 Have you ever sat in a church pew and listened to an appeal from your pastor or some other church leader asking for help with some aspect of church life? Have you said to yourself, “I see the need, but I have no training in that ministry.” The time was 1995 or...

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