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A Call for Consistency and Care in Our Outrage

Recently voices of outrage over President Trump’s executive order regarding refugees have flooded the media and social media.  Numerous Christ followers argue that the order is discriminatory against Muslims, because they claim it singles them out for immigration and visa restrictions.  In addition, they argue that the provision in the order that provides preferences towards religious minorities is also discriminatory …

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Christmas and Peace on Earth

(This article originally appeared in the December 2016 edition of the Baptist Courier) On Christmas Eve in 1914 British soldiers witnessed strange lights in the German trenches across from them.  They then began to hear what sounded like singing.  As the singing grew louder, the soldiers discerned that the Germans were singing the Christmas carol “Silent Night.”  The Brits’ voices rose …

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We Are Ambassadors

(This article originally appeared in the October edition of the Baptist Courier.) Some of you remember the Cold War, the “peaceful” conflict between the United States and the former Soviet Union that occurred after WWII into the late 80’s and early 90’s.  My family had a front row seat to the conflict.  My father was the senior enlisted soldier for Army …

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A Message From the Unchurched

(This article originally appeared in the August 2016 edition of the Baptist Courier.) It’s been an exciting few days here at the Amplify Conference at Wheaton College.  Ed Stetzer designed this inaugural conference “to lead the conversation in evangelism and then implement the renewal of evangelism in our local churches.”  I attended on behalf of Anderson University and at the invitation …

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Making Holy Days of National Holidays

(This article originally appeared in the July edition of the Baptist Courier.) In the past decade I’ve noticed a rising aversion to mentioning any national holidays in worship services.  Increasingly it seems that pastors do not want to preach sermons in any way related to the nation for fear that they might be worshiping the country and not God in their …