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Information on various social issues facing our world today and how they impact the church.

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The Washington National Cathedral Hosting a Muslim Prayer Service

This Friday, November 14, the National Cathedral will host a Muslim prayer service. A Muslim spokesperson for the event said, “We want the world to see the Christian community is partnering with us and is supporting our religious freedom in the same way we are calling for religious freedom for all minorities in Muslim countries.” The director of the Cathedral’s liturgy affirmed that “this needs to be a world in which all are free to believe and practice and in which we avoid bigotry, Islamaphobia, racism, anti-Semitism, and anti-Christianity and to embrace our humanity and to embrace faith.” … Read More >

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A Commentary on the Paris Attacks

ISIS has won another victory in terrorizing the Western world with its particular brand of Islamic extremism. They have claimed responsibility for Friday night’s series of coordinated attacks in Paris which killed 129 people and injured more than 350, over 100 of them critically. As we think of those killed, including nearly 90 people systematically slaughtered while at a concert, we mourn with the rest of the world and join them in condemning this evil act. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families, and to all the people in Paris who are undoubtedly struggling with fear and … Read More >

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Trump, Terrorism, and Islam

Several days ago President Trump encouraged Muslim nations to “drive out the extremists. Drive them out of your places of worship. Drive them out of your communities. Drive them out of your holy land and…drive them out of this Earth.” If only that were possible! But the problem is that terrorists cannot be identified in some obvious way so that they can be “driven out.” Yes, in the case of ISIS, such terrorist armies can be routed and hopefully killed. But many extremists simply emerge undetected out of a sincere commitment to the Islamic faith; their motivation stems … Read More >

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Death is Swallowed up in Victory

Last weekend Rebecca and I were at The Cove, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s Retreat and Ministry Center. I spoke to the doctors and nurses involved in World Medical Mission, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse under the leadership of Franklin Graham. We were impressed with the hundreds of volunteers who, at their own expense, serve in clinics all over the world in the most primitive conditions. We felt as if we were in the presence of heroes, and indeed we were. One of those present at the meetings was Dr. Kent Brantley, who contracted Ebola at the Clinic in Liberia … Read More >

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March for Life

I want to address my remarks to the church of Jesus Christ, to those of us who are followers of Christ. We stand here today united in our opposition to abortion, but I want for us to focus for a moment on the brokenness that abortion produces in the life of a young mother, and then ask ourselves if we are willing to apply the grace of God to this brokenness. We must not merely protest against the darkness but be a shaft of light to those who are hurting, those who do not know where to turn. Listen to … Read More >

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Are Politics Important?

And so the political debate continues. Or, more accurately, the political debate is heating up … with more accusations, more personal attacks, and more venom. The President has given his last State of the Union address; now the Iowa caucuses are about to be held, and the first primaries will soon be upon us. Are politics important? Some Christians, weary with the political circus in Washington, think that all that we can do is pray and spread the gospel. I hear comments like “It doesn’t really matter who gets elected; the hope of this country lies not in Washington but … Read More >

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Charlottesville, Neo-Nazis, and Violence

By now all of us have heard the tragic news of what took place over the weekend in Charlottesville. Unfortunately, this event will no doubt fuel racial hatred that will continue to spill over in the days and weeks to come. The fact that the president belatedly called out the neo-Nazis and white supremacists has sparked further anger and heated debate. Let there be no mistake. Neo-Nazis are an evil fringe movement that extols the atrocities of Adolf Hitler; they would take delight if Jews were again sent to the gas chambers, and they see the white race as Hitler saw … Read More >

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