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2nd Opinion: Opportunity knocks. But is it of the Lord?

When opportunity knocks, is it “of the Lord” or a temptation from the enemy?

       
Down Home: How to be your wife’s hero

Down Home: How to be your wife’s hero

OK, husbands, here’s the key to gaining your spouse’s approval and affirmation, as well as possibly even “You’re so great! I thank God I married you!”

       
Right or Wrong? Church insurance review

Right or Wrong? Church insurance review

Our church’s insurance carrier insisted we conduct a risk/safety assessment of our property, business plan and ministries. What does that mean? Where do we start?

       
First Person: Little wandering souls

First Person: Little wandering souls - a desperate situation

It broke our hearts to see their faces—small children, some scared, many not really understanding why they were here, looking totally lost and hopeless.

       
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?

       
2nd Opinion

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.

       
2nd Opinion

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?

       
Down Home

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?

       
2nd Opinion

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?

       
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