Darrow Miller and Friends

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Love is Better than Tolerance, part 2

This post is the continuation of “Love is Better than Tolerance.” When Jesus departed the Gerasenes he was exemplifying neighborliness. He didn’t have to leave; he was the Lord of every place, as He is today. But a gentleman doesn’t push in where he’s not wanted, and Jesus is a gentleman.

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Love is Better than Tolerance

How is the Christ follower supposed to think about tolerance? Is tolerance a Christian virtue? Many people would say Yes, Jesus was tolerant. They might point to the story in Luke 8 about the demonized man in the country of the Gerasenes. Jesus cast out the demon and the man’s

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Your Church Can Show the State How to Serve

Pastors and other local-church leaders have access to lots of expert opinion about what the church should look like: missional, traditional, house church, mega church, New Testament church, et. al. The conversation starts to sound like 1 Corinthians 1:12, “I am of Paul,” and “I of Apollos,” and “I of

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Master Servant, Servant Master

Imagine yourself a servant in the mansion of a king. One evening your master leaves to marry. After the wedding he and his bride host a fabulous reception. When he returns, he removes his princely wedding garments and puts on a servant uniform. He gathers the servants at the family

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1,000 Refugee Children in Iraq Back in School

Since ISIS swept into northern Iraq in 2014, tens of thousands of people have been killed, and over two million internally displaced. The Islamic state first attacked their fellow Muslims, the Iraqi majority Shiite population. Then they virtually destroyed the Yazidi civilization, a sect founded in the 12th century that

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Beauty Is In the Eye of the Beholder?

We live in a day of relativism. Such a doctrine ignores the observable fact that the universe has a moral dimension. On the other side are those of us who seek to uphold the objective nature of human life in a creation built on moral and metaphysical standards. Yet when the

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African Pentecostalism, Poverty and Worldview

Dr. Bryant L. Myers, for years a leader in the development arm of World Vision and now a professor of international development at Fuller Seminary, has written a thoughtful piece on development titled: Progressive Pentecostalism, Development, and Christian Development NGOs: A Challenge and an Opportunity. In the executive summary of

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Sweet Cakes Pays Back in Love

In the materialist’s world, battles are fought with weapons “of the flesh.” Litigation, for example. And of course the courts have their place: justice, after all, is rooted in God. Nevertheless, the Christ follower has access to a much more powerful weapon than a lawsuit. No doubt our readers are

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Work and Poverty: Lessons from Ruth, part 3

The book of Ruth contains wonderful lessons about work, personal responsibility and poverty. In parts 1 and 2 we started examining the relative responses of Naomi, Ruth and Boaz to economic realities which are very relevant today. This final post picks up where we left off. ~ What did Ruth

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A Prophet for Our Generation?

I have often said that the man who mentored me, Francis Schaeffer, was a prophet in our generation. Fifty years ago, he spoke very clearly about where we were as a church and as a culture. He correctly predicted the future. Schaeffer was not a prophet in the sense of

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