What's going on in our world? Does it have spiritual significance? What does the Bible say about political involvement? This column is full of articles that we hope will help you navigate the seas of media, current affairs, and politics without losing your spiritual bearings.







Emma Watson: HeForShe  |  Sep 29 2014
Emma Watson recently gave a speech for the UN Woman's new HeForShe program, inviting men to help women have gender equality. How does her speech compare with the Bible?

Read more...Kersley Fitzgerald


But it is for the children...  |  Sep 29, 2014
Why is "it is for the children" increasingly being used to justify things that, in reality, harm children?

Read more...S. Michael Houdmann


NUN: #AwarenessIsNotEnough  |  Aug 20 2014
Hashtags and profile pictures will not protect Christians and others in the Middle East from the armies of the Islamic State. You feel strongly about it; what are you going to DO about it?

Read more...Jeff Laird


How should Christians respond to the "leave, convert, or die" warning from ISIS in Iraq? Can persecution actually be a good thing?

Read more...S. Michael Houdmann


Is anyone truly giving the news anymore? How can we discern the difference between news and propaganda?

Read more...S. Michael Houdmann


Aside from the political wrangling, what would Jesus tell us about the thousands of undocumented children who have come into the US? What does compassionate discernment look like for an abandoned child?

Read more...Fredric Carlson


From a young age, children want and need dignity. How do our posts, pictures, tweets, and videos reflect this? How social media can harm our kids before they're even old enough to post for themselves.

Read more...Rebekah Largent


What does the Bible say about birth control? What is the real issue at hand with the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision?

Read more...S. Michael Houdmann


Meriam Ibrahim is a 27 year old doctor imprisoned in Sudan for apostasy. With her are her toddler son and her infant daughter. She is scheduled to be executed when her daughter is weaned. What can the church do when faced with such evil?

Read more...Kersley Fitzgerald


Memorial Day  |  May 23 2014
Memorial Day is not about barbecues, parties, days off of work, or parades. It's not about who mowed the lawn, who brought the potato salad, or who forgot the ice. Memorial Day a remembrance of the men and women who've sacrificed their lives in military service and those left behind with soldier-shaped holes in their hearts.

Read more...Jeff Laird


The Gospel of Barnabas  |  May 22 2014
Is the Gospel of Barnabas really over 1500 years old? Why a Muslim-friendly account, filled with cultural anachronisms, can't be the true story of Jesus.

Read more...Jeff Laird


Saeed Abedini, the Iranian-American pastor, has been sentenced to eight years prison in Iran. How did he get there, and how did Iran get to the point where unlawful imprisonment and torture is an every-day occurrence?

Read more...Kersley Fitzgerald


Across the country, the government is insisting Christian business owners act against their conscience. What should we do when the law and Christian ethics collide?

Read more...Jeff Laird


Should a privately-held belief that breaks no laws and violates no employer principles be grounds for dismissal? Mozilla, Brendan Eich, and the smudged fine line.

Read more...Jim Parker


World Vision has changed its hiring practices to include Christians in monogamous, same-sex marriages. How should believers respond?

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With the death of Fred Phelps come calls to forgiveness and hopes of a death-bed conversion. These things are good and show humility and grace. But they will never make Phelps' actions in life less evil.

Read more...Kristi-Joy Matovich


Sobriety Stories  |  Feb 13, 2014
With the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, more people are coming out with stories of how they have found some success fighting addiction. Keep it up — those of us who live with addicts need to hear your messages of hope.

Read more...Kersley Fitzgerald


Bill Nye and Ken Ham debate, a nation watches, and both sides claim the win. What are the core issues behind the old earth/new earth argument?

Read more...Kersley Fitzgerald


Who's godless now?  |  Jan 31, 2014
Is Vladimir Putin correct when he says the United States (and Western society in general) is godless? In comparison to Russia, is the USA now the godless nation?

Read more...S. Michael Houdmann


Is religion the cause of most wars in the world?  |  Jan 16, 2014
Part 1: Religion isn't the problem
Part 2: People are the problem
Part 3: The Bible says be nice to each other

Maggie Peil


It's easy to say virtual child sex trafficking is morally wrong. But in a society where the law is based on more practical things than ethics, how can you prove it?

Read more...Kersley Fitzgerald


Many say the drama over Phil Robertson is about free speech. But what if it's really about freedom of religion?

Read more...Jeff Laird


Free Speech and Duck Calls  |  Dec 20, 2013
Duck Dynasty, A&E, free speech, and ducks. What is the message behind the mess?

Read more...Kersley Fitzgerald


Hope for Christmas in America  |  Dec 2, 2013
Aside from the commercial aspects of holiday, the Christmas Season has always carried a special place in the hearts of many Americans. How should Christians respond the naysayers who want to do away with all vestiges of God and Christmas?

Read more...Jim Allen


Christians are losing their comfort and will lose their liberties. It is inevitable. How we react is up to us. Will we mourn our losses or choose to have God's perspective in persecution?

Read more...Kersley Fitzgerald


What is the atheist church?  |  Nov 14, 2013
What is the atheist church? Why are atheists forming churches? Is the atheist church filling a genuine need in atheists, or is it entirely atheists mocking Christians?

Read more...S. Michael Houdmann


It can be emotionally satisfying to spread information about our frustrating culture and government. But is it edifying? Reining in the conspiracies.

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Blogroll on Halloween  |  Oct 11, 2013
Should Christians celebrate Halloween? If so, how?

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How should Christians respond to the government shutdown? Four blog writers express their views.

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The government shutdown demonstrates that our political system is broken and in need of significant reform. But, it is not a reason for fear. God is in control.

Read more...S. Michael Houdmann


Fit is the New Guilty  |  Sep 16, 2013
Does 'fit is the new skinny' encourage people to live healthy lives? Or make them feel guilty about yet another standard no one can live up to?

Read more...Kersley Fitzgerald


When faced with depression so deep that suicide looks like the only alternative, know that in the moment the goal isn't complete wholeness, it's endurance--the power to take one more step.

Read more...Kersley Fitzgerald


What does the Bible say about immigration? How should Christians in the church respond to immigration issues?

Read more...Dillon Burroughs and Kersley Fitzgerald


Federal and local law enforcement has just rescued 105 children from sex trafficking. Rescue is one thing, but who will give them restoration?

Read more...Kersley Fitzgerald


Most of us are watching the Martin/Zimmerman incident from afar. What can we learn from it to inspire us as we show God's love to others?

Read more...Kersley Fitzgerald


The Boy Scouts recently resolved to accept boys who are openly gay. Many Christians are fleeing what they see as endorsement of sin. We're not, and here's why.

Read more...
Kersley Fitzgerald


With DOMA shot down, it's very likely gay marriage will be legalized across the country. How should the church respond?

Read more...Kersley Fitzgerald


The Shroud  |  June 14, 2013
"Smoke covers the city in a grey shroud, as if to symbolize God’s grief for His creation. Even in the grand scheme of the endless universe, we are not small to Him. His all-seeing eyes rest on us, crying with us."

Read more...Rebekah Largent


Feminists for Life:     Part 1  |  Part 2  |  Part 3  |  May 14, 2013
Before equal pay and NOW and sexual harassment, the feminist movement was about protecting women. A huge part of that was driven by the need to protect women from abortion. Feminists for Life wants to get back to those roots.

Read more...Kersley Fitzgerald


Christopher Dorner's resolutions were mostly logical, objective, and well thought out. He was quick to protect the weak and praise those he respected—while not being blind to their faults and shortcomings. His downfall was that all of these views were motivated by the preservation of his own honor.

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Kersley Fitzgerald


The abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell killed thousands of babies including many who were born alive. Many in the mainstream media hid his actions by not reporting on them. Both acts are an attack on the image of God we are created with.

Read more...Robin Schumacher


Christopher Dorner was an LAPD officer who claimed he was relieved of duty after he reported another officer for excessive force in 2007. After repeated attempts to maintain his honor, frustrated with losing his job, and watching those he considered to be less honorable receiving accolades and promotions, Dorner went on the offense.

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Kersley Fitzgerald


Recent shootings across the nation have led to a renewed intensity regarding American views of gun laws and controls. What does the Bible teach about this important issue? How should a Christian respond to their "right to bear arms" being closely managed or taken away?

Read more...Dillon Burroughs


Is there meaning in tragedy?  |  December 20, 2012
The horrific shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut have many people wondering about how to find meaning in tragedy. I am not even going to bother attempting to answer the “why does God allow evil?” question. But what does God wants us to learn as a result of this tragedy?

Read more...S. Michael Houdmann


I hope the Mayans were right  |  December 13, 2012
I hope the Mayans were right about the end of the world happening on 12-21-12. Don't get me wrong. I love my life, my wife, my family, my friends, my church family, and the ministry in which God has called me to serve. But in comparison to the glory and wonders of Heaven (see Revelation 21-22), why would I not want to escape life in this world?

Read more...S. Michael Houdmann


The Futile Search for a Secular Savior  |  December 12, 2012
When you hold God's funeral, someone will always take His place. That particular someone will each time seek and come to power under the promises of delivering their audience from the fears and problems that plague society. They will always present themselves as a savior to their desperately-seeking and needy populace.

Read more...Robin Schumacher


Happy Holidays  |  December 5, 2012
Is it blasphemy for a business to use "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas"? Is it better to stop hypocritically using Jesus to sell shirts? Or it is far more important overall to promote the welfare of employees, contractors, and suppliers than to validate any particular religion?

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Kersley Fitzgerald


Rocky Mountain High  |  November 14, 2012
The legalization of marijuana was a hot topic on the 2012 Colorado voting ballot—and it passed. Colorado does have a very unusual combination of progressive and libertarian politics. The question now is: How should Christians respond to the legalization of marijuana?

Read more...S. Michael Houdmann


Idolatry Takes a Hit  |  November 13, 2012
We have made an idol out of the good life. We have far more luxuries than our families did 100 years ago. Bigger houses, more cars, electronics in every corner. But if we are citizens of Heaven, why are we holding so tightly to what we will leave behind?

Read more...Kersley Fitzgerald


Has God Abandoned the United States?  |  November 13, 2012
God will abandon any nation refusing to repent. God says foolish men, thinking they are wise, will replace His holy word with their own wisdom, promising hope and change without God. How do we respond if the United States has become such a nation?

Read more...Jim Allen


Of course I trust God! (sorta)  |  November 13, 2012
The 2012 election brought into sharp focus a disturbing trend of modern Christians' overall lack of faith that God is in control. We have become double-minded and unstable, driven with the wind and tossed (James 1:6-8). How do we make trusting God a daily battle cry instead of a last resort?

Read more...Ethan Miller


Should a Christian vote for a Mormon?  |  September 5, 2012
Is it wrong for a Christian to vote for someone who is not a Christian and/or has unbiblical beliefs? Does having aberrant theology impact a person's politics or integrity?

Read more...S. Michael Houdmann


Gay marriage and a chicken sandwich - What is the real story behind the Chick-Fil-A controversy? Why is tolerance such a one-way street when it comes to gay marriage?

Read more...Robin Schumacher


Politically speaking, the gay marriage issue has many implications. While a desire to provide equality is the most oft-quoted reason for legalizing gay marriage, are the rights of citizens really the main motivation?

Read more...Michael Gentry


The same-sex marriage issue has been heating up in recent days. But does the LBGT community really want marriage? Or is there something else more important?

Read more...Michael Gentry


Is there any reason for Christians to boycott companies simply because they support unbiblical policies? How can we avoid immorality in this world while still living in it?

Read more...Dillon Burroughs


A recent accident involving quran burning has brought to light a disturbing double standard. If an accident can spark so much anger and apology, why are deliberate acts against the Bible treated as no big deal?

Read more...Robin Schumacher


Proposition 8 |  February 28, 2012
Part 1: The New Standard of No Standards
Part 2: Who is the Moral Authority?

Start here...Robin Schumacher


If a government enforces biblically moral laws, will society improve? Or will those laws breed more conflict? What is the balance between personal morality and societal freedom? Does enforcing a biblical morality on a society make that society righteous?

Read more...CG


Politics is always going to be a difficult issue for Christians. We are in this world but are not to be of this world. Should Christians be involved in politics? Should Christians be politically conservative or liberal/progressive?

Read more...S. Michael Houdmann


Britain's Moral Decline  |  January 31, 2012
In Britain, and the USA, we are seeing moral decline. Does the Scripture predict that this will happen in the end times? What does the reality of moral decline in our times mean? Will it get better?

Read more...Jonathan McLatchie


The recent success of quarterback Tim Tebow of the Denver Broncos has a lot of people asking questions about God and His interest, or lack thereof, in football. Does God determine who wins football games? Does God even care about football?

Read more...S. Michael Houdmann


Tim Tebow is a Christian. Would that make you not want him for a neighbor? An interesting poll was recently taken about Tebow and it has to do with his being Christian. Why are people responding negatively to his Christian beliefs? And what does it mean?

Read more...Robin Schumacher


Same sex marriage is making news all over the world. In some countries, debate is hot about adding religious ceremony to the already legal civil unions. But should churches be forced to comply?

Read more...Jonathan McLatchie


Should it matter to us what politicians do behind closed doors? Should their private actions affect their public persona? Do private sins change a person's ability to do a good job?

Read more...Robin Schumacher


Watch out for thought police: Frank wasn't fired from Cisco because of poor job performance or because he openly talked about his beliefs on homosexuality at work, but he was fired for holding a private belief that homosexuality is morally wrong and daring to express that view in public.

Read more...Robin Schumacher


Why does the royal wedding matter? It doesn't. Not really. Why doesn't it matter that the royal wedding doesn't matter? Because someday, that'll be us.

Read more...
Kersley Fitzgerald
 


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