Current Affairs





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.





Wall Street and the Shemitah  |  Jul 23, 2015
Seven years have passed since the Wall Street market plunge in 2008. Was the 777-point drop a warning from God? Is the Shemitah warning true?

Read more...Jim Allen


What is Habakkuk syndrome?  |  Jul 23 2015
What is Habakkuk syndrome? Is it time for God to judge the USA, and if so, how is He going to do it?

Read more...S. Michael Houdmann


Clanging Symbols  |  Jul 13, 2015
The Confederate Flag: Where freedom in Christ meets loving others. What is the biblical response?

Read more...Jeff Laird


Called to Forgiveness  |  Jul 13, 2015
Believers are called to forgiveness no matter what the transgression. How do we learn to forgive?

Read more...Jim Allen


See Beyond the Fog  |  Jul 13, 2015
News sources and social media blare at us, trying to scare us that the sky is falling. But if we remember that the end of the story is already written, we can see beyond the fog.

Read more...MeLissa LeFleur


In God We Trust? In Search of Christian America  |  Jul 13, 2015
What is the difference between a Christian nation and a nation inspired by Christian principles? Should we fight to keep America a Christian nation?

Read more...Mark King


God is Sovereign in all Things  |  Jun 22, 2015
The Bible tells us God is sovereign and capable of preventing tragedy, but He can allow it for His divine purpose. What is that purpose for the church in Charleston?

Read more...Jim Allen


What does the Bible say about gender dysphoria?  |  Jun 16 2015
What does the Bible say about gender dysphoria? Does the Bible say anything about transgenderism / gender identity disorder?

Read more...S. Michael Houdmann


This World is not our Home  |  Jun 10, 2015
The world is not our home when society views corruption as a badge of honor, lying as an acceptable alternative to truth, and integrity as an obstacle to freedom. Can believers ever find rest in such a world?

Read more...Jim Allen


How should Christians respond to Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner?  |  Jun 3 2015
How should Christians respond to Bruce Jenner's transformation into Caitlyn? What response would best lead him, and others, to God's grace?

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A Godly Church in a Hostile Culture  |  Jun 1 2015
Christians are supposed to obey the laws of the land, but how far should we go? How will we know when the church needs to reject culture and cling to God?

Read more...Wendyl Leslie


Flowers, and pictures, and cakes — oh my!  |  May 7 2015
Should Christian florists, photographers, and bakers offer their services for gay weddings? Why has this suddenly become such a controversial issue in the USA?

Read more...S. Michael Houdmann


The Bible and Being Gay  |  Jan 24 2012; Revised Apr 13 2015
What does God really say about homosexuality? This controversial issue offends unbelievers and confuses Christians. But what is the truth? Is being gay a sin according to the Bible? What does the Bible say about being gay?

Read more...Tiffany Wismer


The Christian Response to Terrorism  |  26 Mar 2015
How should Christians respond to terrorism, religious extremism, and other widespread evil in the world? Is there a single response?

Read more...Kersley Fitzgerald


Super Bowl Ads and Valuing Women  |  Feb 5, 2015
This year's Super Bowl featured several ads encouraging us to value women; to respect them and recognize their strength. But the message was not universal.

Read more...MeLissa LeFleur


A Christian Perspective on Obamacare  |  Jan 29, 2015
What does biblical wisdom say about Obamacare? Should Christians support affordable health care?

Read more...Mark King


I'm not Charlie  |  Jan 26 2015
The murders at 'Charlie Hebdo' were horrific. Many around the world have joined with them in the fight for free speech. But for me, I'm not Charlie.

Read more...Kersley Fitzgerald


Mayor Kasim Reed and Today's Acceptable Terrorism  |  Jan 14, 2015
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed fired fire chief Kelvin Cochran not for discrimination but for expressing his Christian beliefs. Where does it go from here?

Read more...Jim Parker


Killing Jesus A Review  |  Jan 14, 2015
Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's book Killing Jesus takes a look at the crucifixion from a political and historical viewpoint. While not theological, it's an interesting read.

Read more...S. Michael Houdmann


Chrislam: The Deceptive Joining of Christianity and Islam  |  Jan 7, 2015
Can Christianity and Islam join as one faith? Can two walk together, except they be agreed? (Amos 3:3)

Read more...Jim Allen


Newsweek, Eichenwald, and the Misunderstood Bible  |  Dec 30, 2014
What is GotQuestions.org's response to the Newsweek article - "The Bible: So Misunderstood It's a Sin" written by Kurt Eichenwald?

Read more...S. Michael Houdmann


The Misunderstood Bible: Not News; Just Weak  |  Dec 29, 2014
Newsweek Magazine recently published an article by Kurt Eichenwald about how Christians do not understand the Bible very well. And proves that he doesn't understand the Bible at all.

Read more...Jeff Laird


The Lost Gospel  |  Nov 12, 2014
Does the "Lost Gospel" prove that Jesus was married and had children? How should Christians respond to the discovery of lost gospels?

Read more...S. Michael Houdmann


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


Leave, convert, or die — can persecution actually be a good thing?  |  Aug 11, 2014
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


Are you ready for your daily propaganda?  |  July 23, 2014
Is anyone truly giving the news anymore? How can we discern the difference between news and propaganda?

Read more...S. Michael Houdmann


Undocumented Children and Compassionate Discernment  |  July 17, 2014
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


Stealing Dignity: Our Children and Social Media  |  July 9, 2014
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


Keep your uterus away from my wallet!  |  July 6, 2014
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


Persecution of the Saints: Meriam Yahia Ibrahim  |  May 30 2014
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


Persecution of the Saints: Saeed Abedini  |  May 30 2014
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


To Serve, Or Not To Serve: Christian Business in a Political World  |  Apr 15, 2014
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 Belief Cost You Your Job? Mozilla and Brendan Eich  |  Apr 7, 2014
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


Blogroll on World Vision and Gay Marriage  |  Mar 26, 2014
World Vision has changed its hiring practices to include Christians in monogamous, same-sex marriages. How should believers respond?

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Fred Phelps and the Nature of Evil  |  Mar 21, 2014
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: The Current Argument about an Ancient Question  |  Feb 5, 2014
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


Virtual Child Sex Trafficking: Is it Wrong?  |  Jan 7, 2014
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


Be Careful What You Wish For: Phil Robertson and the Future of Free Expression  |  Dec 31, 2013
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


An Even Perspective in Persecution  |  Nov 21, 2013
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


The Conspiracies of Chicken Little  |  Nov 7, 2013
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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Blogroll on the Government Shutdown  |  Oct 3, 2013
How should Christians respond to the government shutdown? Four blog writers express their views.

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How should a Christian respond to the government shutdown?  |  Oct 3, 2013
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


Endurance in Depression; National Suicide Prevention Week  |  Sep 13, 2013
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


Immigration: What does the Bible say? How should the church respond?  |  Aug 21, 2013
What does the Bible say about immigration? How should Christians in the church respond to immigration issues?

Read more...Dillon Burroughs and Kersley Fitzgerald


Operation Cross Country: Restoration to the Least of These  |  Aug 1, 2013
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


Martin and Zimmerman: of Justice and Mercy  |  July 17, 2013
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


Why I'm not taking my son out of the Boy Scouts  |  Jul 2, 2013
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


DOMA: Gay marriage, the culture, and the church  |  June 27, 2013
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 and Personal Honor II: The Honor of Men  |  May 3, 2013
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 Gosnell Trial: Abortion and the Campaign against the Image of God  |  May 2, 2013
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 and Personal Honor I: The Manifesto  |  April 18, 2013
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


What Should Christians Believe about Gun Laws?  |  January 8, 2013
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  |  August 2, 2012
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


Crossing the Line: Is Gay Marriage Really About Civil Rights?  |  June 21, 2012
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


Does the LGBT Community Really Want Marriage?  |  May 30, 2012
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


Should Christians Boycott Companies that Support Homosexual Policies?  |  March 18, 2012
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


Placating Ishmael: Quran Burning Incident Reveals Double Standard  |  March 13, 2012
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


Is Christianity Compatible with Libertarianism?  |  February 21, 2012
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


Is There a Correct Political Persuasion for Christians?  |  February 7, 2012
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


Is Tim Tebow A Symbol of Anti-Christian Hate?  |  January 31, 2012
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


Does God Care About Football? The Cultural Impact of Tim Tebow  |  January 24, 2012
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


Religious Liberty vs. Same-Sex Marriage  |  January 7, 2012
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


Who Cares about Congressman Weiner's Actions?  |  June 23, 2011
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


Cisco Systems Act of 'Tolerance'  |  May 24, 2011
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


The royal wedding doesn't matter. Except that it does.  |  April 30, 2011
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.

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Kersley Fitzgerald






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