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If This is Hipster Christianity, The Church is in Trouble

I will be the first to admit that not everything that appears on my computer screen in the course of a year is G rated. A few things might not even be PG-13. I tend to censor violence more than sex, but the latter has its limits; too far and we’ve crossed the line into […]

I’m Not Ashamed (Review & Trailer)

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Grotto Falls

Grotto Falls - I share about my experience with this hike and tid-bits about this hike too. Part of the Smoky Mountains. #GrottoFalls #Hiking The post Grotto Falls appeared first on Courageous Christian Father. ©2004-2017 by Steve Patterson of Courageous Christian Father.

The Grilling that Missionaries Get When Trying to Maintain their Funding

This is about one-tenth of a larger 2014 article that a friend sent my wife. I just about wept reading this particular section.  The article is titled Ten Things That Your Missionary Will Not Tell You and the author is Joe Holman. Joe and his wife Denise have 11 children and serve in Cochabamba, Bolivia […]

Gleanings: June 2017

Important developments in the church and the world (as they appeared in our June issue). Christian hospitals could face crushing pensions The US Supreme Court will decide this month whether Christian hospitals have to meet federal rules on funding pensions. Show More Summary

How Christians See Muslims

Missions experts urge concern for both souls and security. Last December, two Muslim college students visited an upstate New York megachurch as part of an assignment to learn about different faiths. After the service, some congregants shared stories and offered hugs. Show More Summary

Defending the Faith (of Others)

Russian evangelicals’ hesitancy to back Jehovah’s Witnesses could backfire. Evangelism is a tough sell in Russia, where the Orthodox Church dominates the religious and political landscape. So the Kremlin’s ban on one of evangelicals’...Show More Summary

The Invisible Heroes of the Persecuted Church

The case for Christians investing in the profession only 1 in 5 Americans trust. Behind every Asia Bibi—the Pakistani Christian mother of five still on death row after seven years over a false blasphemy charge—are the near-invisibleShow More Summary

Do Children Go to Heaven When They Die?

God's love for children is clear in Scripture, but the 'age of accountability' is harder to find. S everal years ago, I took a group of college students to the Amazon basin to share the love of Christ in some remote river communities. Show More Summary

I Survived Katrina and Cancer

Here's what I learned. As I emerged from the fog of anesthesia, I heard the surgeon informing my wife, Kelly, that our worst fear had improbably come true. “Cancer!?” I interrupted, before falling back into unconsciousness. That happened...Show More Summary

How I Became a Jailhouse Jesus Freak

I was sentenced to life for a murder I didn’t commit. But God didn't forget me. I t happened in a blur. One minute we were enjoying a night out, shooting pool. The next thing I knew, we were running from the law—wanted for murder. I’d always looked up to my out-of-town cousin, Bobby. Show More Summary

Our Spiritual Gifts Have an Expiration Date

Let’s rejoice in them—while looking forward to a time when they’re no longer needed. S piritual gifts can cause confusion. As a pastor in a charismatic church, I encounter it all the time. Some are worried whenever they hear talk ofShow More Summary

The Freedom and Chaos of Sola Scriptura

Historian Mark Noll helps unravel the uses and misuses of ‘the Bible alone.’ It’s been a hallmark of Protestantism for 500 years, but what do we mean when we base our faith on “the Bible alone”? Is it even possible to read the BibleShow More Summary

Do We Treat Sunday the Way the Earliest Christians Did?

Historian Justo González charts how observance of the Lord’s Day has changed over time. I never miss the opportunity to read Justo González. The eminent Cuban American church historian has long provided a wealth of insight into the development...Show More Summary

Eugene Peterson: The Pursuit of Happiness Is a Dead-End Street

How Ecclesiastes shows a better way to joyful living than chasing pleasure W hen God spoke to Job “out of the whirlwind” (Job 38:1, RSV throughout), he told him that when he, God, “laid the foundation of the earth”—that is, created everything that exists—“the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy” (vv. Show More Summary

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