Monthly Archives: January 2007

The Super Bowl and Christian Freedom

This is, as millions already know, Super Bowl week. Nothing is hyped all across America quite like the Super Bowl. This game has reached amazing proportions when it comes to the viewing audience and massive commercialization. It is a stunning … Continue reading

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Institute for Religion and Democracy

Several months ago I was invited to serve on the board of the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD). Frankly, I was stunned by this invitation. I will attend my first meeting in Washington, DC, in a few months. IRD’s … Continue reading

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True Worship Feeds Both the Mind and the Heart

The famous Anglican archbishop William Temple provided perhaps the best definition of worship that I have ever read: Worship is the quickening of the conscience by the holiness of God, the feeding of the mind by the truth of God, … Continue reading

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The Korean Revival and the Ministry of UBF

About eighteen months ago I had a lovely married female graduate student, a mother of two young children, who took several of my classes at Wheaton Graduate School (apologetics and spiritual formation). She had grown up in a tent-making missionary … Continue reading

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Alexander Hamilton on Danger and Disgrace

I admit the statement struck me immediately with a sense that I needed to reflect on it further. I thought about it for some time today and then took down my dictionary to think about it more deeply. The words … Continue reading

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To Surge or Not to Surge: The War in Iraq and Our Future

The general public, if they still care at all, watched President Bush’s State of the Union address on Tuesday evening, January 23. Almost everyone had an opinion, especially about the Iraq portion of the speech. Glenn Beck, the conservative talk … Continue reading

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The Protestant Principle: What "Sola Scriptura" Means and Why It Matters

Protestants confess that Scripture alone has ultimate objective religious authority in the life of the Christian and the church. This does not mean, however, that divine revelation comes only through Scripture, a common mistake made by some evangelicals. Though the … Continue reading

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Solving the Church Government Debate is Not the Issue

On October 3 I wrote a blog titled: “The Church: A Stumbling Block to Real Change.” In that blog I cited a friend who commented on the problem of changing culture while still through working and serving in a local … Continue reading

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Bear Down Bears

I promise to limit trivial banter about pro football to few entries but the nation now knows what many of us in the Windy City already knew, Chicago does have a very good football team this season. The Bears not … Continue reading

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My Friend Joe and Our Mutual Love for Baseball

My friend Joe Ragont, a graphic artist who has done a lot of work for me over the past decade or so, is a huge Cubs fan. It is no secret that I am anything but a Cubs fan. Friendship, … Continue reading

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