Category Archives: Culture

The Ruin of Freedom Demands the Rise of Courage

Events in the last few weeks in the United States may mark a turning point for religious freedom in the world. Enshrined in the First Amendment of the Constitution are these words: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment … Continue reading

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A Call To Prayer for the Supreme Court

On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments on what may be the most important case in our lifetimes. It will consider whether to change the legal definition of marriage for the entire country with a ruling expected in … Continue reading

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Jihadists or Atheists: Which the Bigger Threat to Religious Freedom? part 2

In part 1 we suggested that religious freedom is under assault by the new atheists. “Surrender your freedom of religion and conscience or we will crush you!” Consider recent developments surrounding the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). The response … Continue reading

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Jihadists or New Atheists: Which the Bigger Threat to Religious Freedom?

We are witnessing an oppressive assault on religious freedom both here and abroad. The attack is coming from religious fundamentalists, jihadists in the East and secularists in the West. We cannot read or watch international news without seeing the persecution … Continue reading

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Kingdom Culture: Its Foundations and Effects

As we wrote in a previous post, secularism wants to treat culture as neutral: no culture is better than another. But clearly, culture is not neutral. Because we live in a universe created by the living God, and because, contrary to postmodern … Continue reading

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Culture: Where the Physical and Spiritual Converge

God made humankind to be culture makers, and it matters a great deal what kind of culture we create. Whatever our vocation, whatever domain we are called to, as Christians our work is ultimately to create kingdom culture—culture that reflects … Continue reading

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Vision and Technology Turned Desolation Into Abundance

Abundance can come from the most unlikely places. In the 27 years I worked for a relief and development organization, I heard two clear messages too often: From impoverished indigenous peoples the message was, “We have no resources, we are … Continue reading

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Wisdom Sustains the Universe Through Human Obedience

Jesus spoke of a property owner who met with his servants before leaving on a journey. I’m going away for awhile. I want you to look after my property while I’m gone. He gave money to each servant in proportion … Continue reading

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We Can Rebel But We Can’t Escape the Consequences of Rebellion

“God gave them over,” Romans 1:24. “God gave them over,” Romans 1:26. “God gave them over,” Romans 1:28. I have read the apostle Paul’s words hundreds of times over the years. I have studied and taught from Romans 1. But … Continue reading

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The Most Historically Significant Sculpture You’ve Never Seen

A renewal of the founding principles of the US is past due; no big headline there. But we’ve come to a pretty turn of things when the “largest solid granite sculpture in the U.S.”—a magnificent tribute to our Pilgrim founders—is … Continue reading

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