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2nd Opinion

2nd Opinion: The vulgarity of blindness toward poverty

We pay for insanely rich sports figures to entertain us, but we’re willing to allow 20 percent of American children to live in poverty. That’s vulgar.

       
Right or Wrong?

Right or Wrong? Church 'hierarchy'

Friends say they left church because of its top-down organization and minimal emphasis on spiritual direction. How did we get into this situation? How can we get out of it?

       
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2nd Opinion: A metaphor for growing churches

In recent years, I’ve been giving a good deal of thought to metaphors that communicate clearly what a healthy church or minister is like. There are many, but the one I keep returning to is the garden.

       
Down Home: Brick, mortar and a lone star by the door

Down Home: Brick, mortar and a lone star by the door

On weekends, I take satisfaction in doing chores. Actually, that’s not right. I take satisfaction in completing chores.

       
2nd Opinion: Pastors grieve, too

2nd Opinion: Pastors grieve, too

For many clergy, funeral work is one of the most demanding aspects of ministry. Yet most pastors are unable to express their grief the way others might.

       
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2nd Opinion: If the Internet isn’t killing religion, what is?

Is the Internet killing religion? No. U.S. religion went into decline 30 years before the Internet became commercially available.

       
Down Home

Down Home: Grace through my grandson’s eyes

Every time we’re together, Ezra helps me understand why I love being a grandfather.

       
Right or Wrong?

Right or Wrong? God as warrior

The Old Testament's image of God as a warrior seems to influence many Christians' worldview more profoundly than the New Testament's image of Jesus as the incarnation of peace. How should I reconcile the two?

       
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Down Home: Thank God for the faith & laughter of Jeane Law

A Baptist-saint-if-ever-there-was-one leaped from earth to heaven when Jeane Law passed away April 3.

       
Right or Wrong?

Right or Wrong? Social justice and the gospel

Many members of the Millennial generation advocate for social justice and believe evangelism is vital to that cause, a Barna Group survey revealed. Does this mean more Christians need to balance how we apply the gospel?

       
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2nd Opinion: 5 things we shouldn’t say about the Big Bang

Make no mistake, God created the cosmos.  So, why are so many evangelicals reluctant to dialogue about, say, Big Bang/inflation theories and discoveries said to support them?

       
Right or Wrong?

Right or Wrong? 'Persecution' label

The Supreme Court is considering a challenge to Christian prayers at a town board meeting. I’m inclined to label the challenge as persecution of Christians. What do you think?

       
Down Home

Down Home: How I lost a billion dollars

Unfortunately, I’m not fixing to become a billionaire.

       
2nd Opinion

2nd Opinion: Of faith and film

Over the years, I have come to recognize acutely just how central films are for understanding faith—and for teaching it.

       
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2nd Opinion: Saying goodbye to Christian America

The ultimate Christian social ethics issue in America is declining Christian cultural power and its fallout in both church and culture.

       
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