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Today’s Devotional: We Don’t Need Another Hero

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.” (Philippians 2:3) Christian tradition and thought embodied in art and literature is strongly heroic. Actions of great men and women are celebrated at full volume. These accounts usually possess elements of universal significance—such as courage, faith and wisdom. However, the way they are read and recounted can serve to further separate the written word from the realms of ordinary, everyday living. This can lead Christianity to be viewed as an “other worldly philosophy”—whose constituents seem to have abandoned this world in favor of a “hope” that is detached from the present realities.
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Understanding “Evangelical” Part Three: The Birth of Contemporary American Evangelicalism

*Editor’s Note: This is the third installment of a five-part blog series. Be sure to read the first installment here and the second installment here. As mentioned in the last blog, many Fundamentalists grew uneasy with the denominational separatism, social and cultural irresponsibility, and anti-intellectual stance that pervaded the years of controversy with the Modernists. These individuals branched off and formed the movement that is now known as contemporary American Evangelicalism.
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Christianity breakthrough as Christ's Holy Grail disappearance solved

© GETTY Christianity: The HolyGrail’s disappearance during a lengthy spell was potentially solved. The Holy Grail, or Holy Chalice, is one of the most sacred and sought after objects in both the Christian religion and Arthurian legend. When talking in the context of Jesus Christ, it is the cup that he drank from in the Last Supper before being brutally crucified; the cup was also used to collect his blood during the gruesome event. Through the years, opinions have differed on what exactly the Holy Grail was.
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What did Martin Luther say about Christian ethics during a pandemic?

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Martin Luther, architect of the Protestant Reformation, wrote prodigiously. So it's not surprising that following the arrival in 1527 of the Black Death in his home town of Wittenburg, Germany, he took down his thoughts on the Christian ethics of actions and choices during a pandemic. The...

The Scholars Who First Translated The Bible Into English

Today, many versions of the Bible exist in English. But for centuries, the ability to read the Bible was only in the hands of the educated few who were literate and understood Latin. In Medieval England, the church acted as arbiters of what their members learned about the Bible and offered up its own interpretations of God's teachings. This was not a time of religious tolerance. In fact, anyone who opposed or questioned the church faced being labeled a heretic (via English Heritage). And the church often dealt out vicious punishments to heretics.

Brickner: Is this the reputation of Christianity today?

I was reading my devotional one morning, when I happened upon a third century quote from the African minister St. Cyprian: He noted the crime and chaos around him, but added, “Yet in the midst of it, I have found a quiet and holy people. . . . They are despised and persecuted, but they care not. They have overcome the world. These people, Donatus, are Christians.”

Whither Evangelicalism?

As with every Christian cohort, evangelicalism has been a mixed bag with various strengths and weaknesses. As such, it is always fitting and proper to make regular critical evaluations and assessments as to its actual condition. Because I am an evangelical I have often written on such themes. Many others...

‘Victory for Life’: Appeals Court Rebuffs Biden DOJ, Sides with Texas Heartbeat Law

A federal appeals court on Thursday handed the Biden Department of Justice another legal defeat in its bid to halt Texas’ heartbeat abortion ban. The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 decision, denied the Department of Justice’s request to block the law, which prohibits an abortion if an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detected. Typically, a heartbeat can be detected around six weeks of pregnancy.

Lauren Green: Mainstream media incorrectly portray Christianity

The mainstream media incorrectly portray religion, including Christian, according to Lauren Green, chief religion correspondent for Fox News. “One of the big mistakes mainstream media makes is that they don’t understand the nature of most religions and they’re trying to project a secular humanist understanding of religions, which is that all religions are basically the same,” Green says. “That is absolutely not theologically true. For anybody that actually believes in their faith — and I don’t care if you’re Christian or Muslim or Jewish, Buddhist or whatever — you believe that your faith is the truth. So they can’t all be equal.”

Is It Important That the Holy Spirit Is a Person?

A few weeks ago I had a conversation with someone who denied the personhood of the Holy Spirit. “The Holy Spirit is the breath of God, he is not God, and certainly not a person. The Holy Spirit is an impersonal force,” he said. In a study done by the Institute for Religion and Democracy, 55% of evangelical Christians believe that the Holy Spirit is a force, not a person. A study conducted by Christianity Today showed that 59% of evangelicals denied the personhood of the Holy Spirit.

Religious scholar discusses hate in American churches

On Oct. 6, Dr. Rebecca Barrett-Fox lectured at an event called “Worthy of Their Calling: Can American Churches Reject Hate?” It was sponsored by Interim Director of the Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking (CGUP) Dr. Leigh Shannon Haley-Maze. This event, which occurs once a year, is a collaboration with...

Bruce, the Scoffer

According to the dictionary, a scoffer is one who ridicules or mocks someone or something. My Evangelical critics think I am a scoffer, one who mocks or ridicules God/Jesus/Bible/Christianity. Am a really guilty as charged?. 2 Peter 3:3-4 states:. Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days...

A La Carte (October 13)

May the Lord bless and keep you today. There are lots of good titles related to counseling for sale at Westminster Books. Today’s Kindle deals include a few good titles. Dear Pastor . . . Your Shepherd Doesn’t Care How Big Your Church Is. “I never forgot those days in...