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Down Home: Best. Father’s Day. Present. Ever.

Down Home: Best. Father’s Day. Present. Ever.

My 2015 Father’s Day present was so epic, my wife couldn’t wait to give it to me.

2nd Opinion: Are churches failing the poor? Yes and no

2nd Opinion: Are churches failing the poor? Yes and no

Are churches failing the poor? Against the backdrop of persistent poverty and dramatically increasing income inequality, that question has gained renewed currency.

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Book Reviews: Pray for the World

Books reviewed in this issue are Pray for the World by Jason Mandryk and Beyond Myself: The Farm Girl and the African Chief by Anita Katherine Dennis.

2nd Opinion: 5 ways churches inflicted pain on themselves

2nd Opinion: 5 ways churches inflicted pain on themselves

Christianity isn’t in trouble at all. Churches are in trouble. And we did it to ourselves.

Down Home: My 'last best day'

If we live with the last best day in mind, maybe we’ll appreciate each day a little more. We’ll be quicker to count our blessings, more prone to pray, “Thank you, God.”

Right or Wrong? Climate change

Right or Wrong? Climate change

Some people claim, “Environmentalism is just another religion” to rebut people who link climate change to human activity. Are they right?

2nd Opinion: Sawdust and musings from the wood shop

2nd Opinion: Sawdust and musings from the wood shop

It is a long distance between good enough and excellent. It is in little things—little things that take time and effort and skill to accomplish.

Meredith Stone

Right or Wrong? Emotional affairs

I keep hearing about people who commit “emotional affairs.” What does this mean? And what does the Bible say about it?

Down Home: Chasing spiritual squirrels out of the attic

Down Home: Chasing spiritual squirrels out of the attic

The persistent perseverance of those pesky squirrels causes me to think about the pests that keep cropping up in my life: Bad habits. Worry. Pride. Greed and covetousness. They’re the squirrels in my spiritual/emotional home.

2nd Opinion: When your dreams go up in smoke

2nd Opinion: When your dreams go up in smoke

What do you do when you lose everything? What do you do when your biggest dreams burn up in front of you, when all you’re left with is the ashes?

2nd Opinion: A cure for mile-wide and inch-deep religion

2nd Opinion: A cure for mile-wide and inch-deep religion

There is too much shallowness, not enough depth in our church life. People are hungry for a burning zeal to transform their own lives and to make a difference in the world.

Guest Commentary: Why the SBC Pastors’ Conference canceled Ben Carson

Commentary: Why the SBC Pastors’ Conference canceled Ben Carson

After several weeks of criticism, organizers of the annual SBC pastor’s conference asked Ben Carson, the renowned neurosurgeon and likely presidential candidate, to step aside as a scheduled speaker, and he agreed. What caused the controversy?

Right or Wrong? Signing state marriage licenses

Right or Wrong? Signing state marriage licenses

A growing number of ministers are refusing to sign marriage licenses. What are the pros and cons of this position?

Down Home: Grammar, Eleanor & the cycle of life

Down Home: Grammar, Eleanor & the cycle of life

Observing the cycle of life can take your breath away. I watched it revolve 360 degrees in less than 24 hours, and I know I’m blessed.

Right or Wrong? Copyright law

Right or Wrong? Copyright law

Our church is compiling a songbook, composed of our members’ favorite hymns. We only plan to use the book for our own congregation’s worship, but one member warned we should be careful about copyright laws. What does “be careful” mean?

 
 
 
 
 
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