President Obama and Same-Sex Marriage — The Dance Continues

Some predictions are rather safe to make. 2012 is almost certain to be a determinative year on the issue of same-sex marriage. Multiple courts appear ...

January 5, 2012

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President Clinton’s Spiritual Enablers Reaping an Unholy Harvest

Americans attempting to reconcile President Clinton's sex scandals with his membership in a Baptist church received a little assistance from the November 2 1998 issue of Newsweek magazine. The newsmagazine presented an analysis of the President as "B ...

July 16, 2009

The Mythology of Star Wars: The Faith versus the Force

When Bill Moyers asked his youngest son why he had seen Star Wars at least a dozen times, he responded: "For the same reason you have been reading the Old Testament all your life." As Moyers explained, "He was in a new world of myth." That new ...

July 16, 2009

Sorry, Athanasius – It’s Not Over

"Today heresy and orthodoxy have changed roles," remarked Harold O. J. Brown. "It is fashionable, not dangerous, to be a heretic, and dull if not unsafe to be orthodox." The truth of Brown's observation is evident as mainline Protestantism con ...

July 16, 2009

Talking Ourselves to Death: The Sexual Revolution Marches On

Clear your calendar and call your friends - it's Sexual Awareness Week in Britain. Actually, this is the very first Sexual Awareness Week in British history, and Her Majesty's government is all fired up to do its part. Americans will be envious of t ...

July 16, 2009

The Southern Baptist Convention and the Issue of Interdenominational Relationships

A Memorandum Prepared for the Great Commission Council of the Southern Baptist Convention The question of Southern Baptist involvement in ecumenical organizations arose in the twentieth century with the development of church federations and pa ...

July 16, 2009

Against the Stream: The Southern Baptist Resolutions

Sir Winston Churchill once complained of those who were "decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift." Such cannot be said of the Southern Baptist Convention. During the June 11-13 meeting of the Convention, the d ...

July 16, 2009

The Revenge of the ‘Prom Moms’: Our Children Have Been Listening

Sparing themselves a murder trial, Amy Grossberg and Brian Peterson pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of their newborn son. The plea agreement came as no great surprise, for few persons thought the state could win a first-degree murde ...

July 16, 2009

The Urgency of Preaching

And how will they hear without a preacher? Romans 10:14 Has preaching fallen on hard times? An open debate is now being waged over the character and centrality of preaching in the church. At stake is nothing less than the integrity of Christian ...

July 16, 2009

Ministry is Stranger Than it Used to Be: The Challenge of Postmodernism

A common concern now seems to emerge wherever ministers gather--ministry is stranger than it used to be. Not that ministry is more difficult, more tiring, or more demanding . . . just different--and increasingly strange. That sense of strangen ...

July 16, 2009

They’re Back . . . The Pope and Indulgences

Looking to Christianity's third millennium, Pope John Paul II has declared "The Great Jubilee of the Year 2000"—and indulgences from punishment for sin are a centerpiece of the jubilee celebration. The practice which brought Luther to his break with ...

July 16, 2009

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