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Power up principle: The power of planning

The first thing I do at my office each morning is “power up” my computer. This tool has enormous capabilities that add instant benefits and make my life more productive. Unless I use it, however, it’s just a dormant piece ...

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Murder, forgiveness recounted in new book

Set Free

Stephen Owens was 12 years old when he discovered his father’s body in their Memphis home after his mother, Gaile Owens, hired a stranger to murder him. Owens’ new book, “Set Free,” shares how he overcame the traumatic events of ...

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What’s right about megachurches

As the saying goes, “The world is going to hell in a hand basket.” There’s never been a greater challenge for world evangelism, there are plenty of social problems like hunger and homelessness we face here in the United States, ...

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Theology with a purpose: Knowing God

There’s a huge difference between knowing about God and knowing God. Years ago I was browsing through the shelves of a small Christian bookstore in the middle of nowhere Tennessee, a few miles from where I was going to college ...

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Not sermons but stories: Engaging the culture

If you’ve read The Chronicles of Narnia, you know they are loaded with Christian themes and symbols. That’s why many assume that C. S. Lewis wrote them in order to send some kind of Christian message. But Lewis himself insisted ...

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Compassion

  • Canadian court denies religious freedom to Christian law school
    The Supreme Court of Canada dealt a major blow to religious freedom Friday (June 15), ruling that law societies in Canada may deny accreditation to a Christian law school. The judgment comes after a long legal battle in several provinces. Trinity Western University’s law school asks students and faculty to follow its “Community Covenant” based […]
  • Iowa, Michigan Christian colleges win freedom from HHS mandate
    A federal district court issued an order Tuesday (June 12) that permanently halts enforcement of the 2011 HHS mandate against two Christian colleges: Dordt College of Iowa and Cornerstone University of Michigan. “Everyone in America, and especially Christian college communities, should be free to live, study, and work consistently with their deeply held beliefs without the […]
  • Justices deny bid from dissident Episcopal churches to keep buildings
    The Episcopal Church in South Carolina is preparing to reclaim control of more than two dozen properties worth an estimated $500 million after the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to hear an appeal brought by a breakaway group of conservative Anglican congregations. “We are grateful for the clarity that this decision offers, and hopeful that […]
  • Anthony Bourdain, suicide, and us | A wake-up call for the church
    An epidemic of staggering and tragic proportions is sweeping the country. And Christians are not immune. This man seemed to have it all. Celebrity chef, TV travel dude, and author Anthony Bourdain circled the globe, going to exotic places, eating the world’s best foods—whether at a West African fish hut or the finest restaurants in […]
  • Justice Department announces new initiative to protect churches
    The U.S. Department of Justice announced a new initiative that focuses on protection of churches to build, expand, buy, or rent facilities — as provided by the land use provisions of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA).” The “Place to Worship Initiative” is designed to increase federal intervention in behalf of religious […]
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