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Tom “DrTom” Lawson
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Billl Maher and Tim Tebow are Right
One thing many of the so-called "New Atheists" are right about, and something they share with Tim Tebow, is that religion, by its very nature, cannot be left merely a matter of private and personal opinions. They belong in the arena of public discourse. Sin...

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Labore est Adorate
"Work is worship." It's the often heard (although usually indirectly and generally not in Latin) clarion call of Protestant Evangelicals.  Doing good hard work is simply another way to worship.  Living a good life is worship.  Heck, let's just go ahead and ...

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The Doctrine of the Rapture: Keep it or Leave it Behind?
It is, frankly, outside the original intent of the blog to devote time to a doctrine like the Rapture.  It is certainly not directly related to worship.  And, as I note at the end, there are people on both sides of the issue who I feel honored to count as C...

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What about the Babies?
Human lives are marked out and segmented through ceremony and ritual.  This is as true for the non-religious as the faithful.  It is rooted in our shared humanity, which is to say it is rooted in Eden, not Pentecost. Weddings.  Births.  Deaths.  School grad...

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Toe Praise
In the early years of the twentieth century, missionaries
from the British “Brethren,” came into central and southern Africa.   Here, the Good News of Christ evoked
celebration and responses largely unknown to the stalwart and strict English
evangelicals.  ...

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The Downside of Exegesis
This is definitely  not  how early  Christians experienced the Word  It is no surprise that the cultures that were basking in the glow of the Enlightenment and the emerging disciplines of scientific research would be at the forefront of modern approaches to...

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The Gospel?
THE GOOD NEWS? Ask most evangelicals to define the "Good News" (or "Gospel") and you will likely get a quick and confident answer.  But, however much the common-sense everybody-knows-that definitions pour out of our mouths, it would do well to hold them up ...

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Demythologizing Esther
Esther is a great story of redemption - one that comes about in a great crisis forced upon Esther. But, we often re-tell it as a Christian fairy-tale - one that equates her beauty with goodness (just like all fairy-tales seem to do). Of the course, the stor...

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Martyrs and the Baffling Loss of Framework
The news of twenty-one Coptic Christians beheaded on a Libyan beach by Islamic radicals proclaiming their allegiance to ISIS is heartbreaking. It is also deeply troubling that, in the desire to remove religion from the discussion, the White House comment la...
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