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Guest Editorial: The Pope and his ‘magic wand’; Is he half-right?

Guest Editorial: The Pope and his ‘magic wand’; Is he half-right?

Pope Francis endorsed the Big Bang theory, but he could have been more biblical in describing the idea of an infinitesimal “singularity” as the beginning point for God’s creation.

       
2nd Opinion: Small-town churches should stop trying so hard

2nd Opinion: Small-town churches should stop trying so hard

It happens almost every week: A parent or grandparent comes to me expressing sincere concern over their grown kid’s or grandkid’s lack of interest in the faith.

       
Right or Wrong? Sheet music copyright

Right or Wrong? Sheet music copyright

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? 

       
Down Home: We called her Grammar

Down Home: We called her Grammar

The long-anticipated call arrived early Thursday morning. Grammar, my mother’s mother, went to be with the Lord.

       
Right of Wrong? Importance of the budget

Right of Wrong? Importance of the budget

How can I encourage our members—nearly all of them older than I am—to keep up with our budget?

       
2nd Opinion: Everyone needs to go to Arabia

2nd Opinion: Everyone needs to go to Arabia

One of the pressing concerns of 21st century individual and congregational spiritual life is the question of depth.

       
Down Home: Over-reliance on microchips; or digital dementia

Down Home: Over-reliance on microchips; or digital dementia

Sometimes, I think I suffer from digital dementia. Or maybe it’s microchip amnesia.

       

Down Home: To her, I’m a useful ‘church shawl’

Sometimes, the purpose of being a husband is to serve a utilitarian purpose. Husbands are good for something, and it’s up to wives to decide what “something” means.

       
Guest editorial: Confessing our practice of selective Christianity

Guest editorial: Confessing our practice of selective Christianity

I practice selective Christianity. And so do you. And so do those who pretend they don’t—acting as if they and God have all the same answers.

       
Right or Wrong? Resisting the values of Babylon

Right or Wrong? Resisting the values of Babylon

In his new book, Out of Babylon, Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann suggests how the 21st century church can be both relevant and resistant to the “empire philosophies” that shape global society. What’s your take on his ideas?

       
2nd Opinion: Follow the leader

2nd Opinion: Follow the leader

The one who commands, “Come; follow me,” knows exactly what he is asking of those he commands. He is asking everything.

       
2nd Opinion: ‘He Tells Me I Am His Own?’ Maybe …

2nd Opinion: ‘He Tells Me I Am His Own?’ Maybe …

As numbers of people distance themselves from the nurture and witness of the church, evangelicals need to find a way to “tangibilify” their faith experience.

       
Guest Editorial: Stop whining, and grow up

Guest Editorial: Stop whining, and grow up

On the whole, things work OK. Why, then, so much whining about things not working?

       
Right or Wrong? Vaccinations

Right or Wrong? Child vaccinations

I recently delivered my first child, and I’m perplexed about vaccinations. Some people would consider me a bad mother for immunizing my child, while others would say I’m a bad mom for not immunizing my child. Help me weigh my options.

       
Down Home: Climbing back up to zero

Down Home: Climbing back up to zero

I thought I’d had “such an exasperating week” until I realized I sounded about as silly as Marianne Gordon’s old skit on Hee Haw.

       
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