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2nd Opinion: What about the spiritual condition of extraterrestrial life?

If God has placed intelligent life on other planets in other solar systems, what is their spiritual condition?

       
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Guest editorial: Pastor—a unique, contextual calling

Each Christian is responsible to God for fulfilling calling. … Being a pastor is more than what I do. It is who I am called to be.

       
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2nd Opinion: Politicize our churches? No, thanks

Changing the law that prohibits churches and other charities from engaging in partisan politics is not about protecting free speech, asserts Amanda Tyler, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty.

       
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Guest editorial: Being the church

God calls us to be the physical presence of Christ in the world by literally caring for the hungry, thirsty, naked, imprisoned and the stranger. How could we possibly think this means only our sisters and brothers in our church and not the refugee, the immigrant, the homeless and the prisoner?

       
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Commentary: Christ, not America, first

God wants us to view everyone—regardless of their ethnicity, culture, nationality, politics, worldview, or socio-economic background—as people divinely loved by God and created in God’s image. (Sojourners)

       
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Guest editorial: Creatively outrageous congregations

For churches, finding the sweet spot between outrageous imagination and walking by faith is a very spiritual place for God’s people to be. How is your congregation doing with that balance?

       

2nd Opinion: Persecution of Christians is rising globally, but does the West really care?

Persecuted Christians around the world need the support and advocacy of Christians in the United States.

       

Guest editorial: Balance security and compassion, but respect refugees

Urge President Trump to reconsider the scope and effect of his executive order on immigration and to work with congressional leaders to devise a solution that bolsters American security without causing unnecessary delays for refugees fleeing violence or disregarding traditional American values.

       
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2nd Opinion: On immigration, Franklin Graham is dead wrong

Franklin Graham’s assertion that President Trump’s hardline stand on immigration is OK because it is “not a biblical issue” doesn’t square with biblical teaching—and it will get people killed. (BNG)

       
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2nd Opinion: Hail to the ‘Donald’ in all of us

The United States’ new president has a lot in common with all of us—including the need for prayer, contributor Marcia Davis suggests.

       
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Guest editorial: Churches face health-care crisis

More and more churches are forcing ministers to bear the cost of their health insurance, a trend that is unconscionable, consultant Mike Queen insists.

       
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Guest Editorial: Five key international religious freedom questions

Here are five questions whose answers will affect international religious freedom this year.

       

Commentary: What Boomers can learn from Millennials and Gen-Xers

The Lord is calling you, whatever your season of life, to walk in faithful obedience to the Great Commandment: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. And love your neighbor as yourself.

       
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2nd Opinion: Do you worship a wind-up Jesus?

What does a plastic toy "Jesus" have to do with evangelicals in today's political arena? Plenty, says church historian Bill Leonard.

       
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Commentary: The radical, revolutionary faith of Christmas spirituals

Christmas spirituals endure not only because they celebrate the joyous, raw beauty of Jesus’ birth, but also because they open a door to the Eternal Now. (Dallas Morning News)

       
 
 
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