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Do Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God? (Making Sense of the Fiasco at Wheaton)

In case you missed it, there is a bit of a situation going on at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. It’s an increasingly long and currently developing story, and you can check out some of the sources below for further reading; otherwise you can skip and read the summary I have below. Christianity Today Washington Post Patheos […]

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Do Infants Who Die Go to Heaven?

There are few things in life that hurt more than the loss of a young child. As someone who has experienced this personally, I’ve had to wrestle with the tough questions that come with that kind of experience. One of the questions that come up, especially for Bible-believing Christians, is what happens to babies who die? […]

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Wind, Dice, Fish, Plants, and Worms: What Do These Have in Common?

Perhaps you think that the collection of wind, dice, fish, plants, and worms seems like about as random a collection of things (is wind a thing?) as possible. I would tend to agree. Yet there is something that groups all of these very different things together. When one reads the book of Jonah it can be […]

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“Everything Happens for a Reason” – True or False?

People are divided about whether or not “everything happens for a reason”, including Christians. Some see every moment of life as part of God’s divine plan, others see much of life as random happenings. Further still, some understand life to not only be part of a plan from God but also with a specific purpose […]

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Is Speaking in Tongues Necessary For Salvation?

There are some Christians who believe and teach that in order to be saved, a person must speak in tongues, which is a miraculous ability to speak in other languages that is given by the Holy Spirit. In particular, a group known as Oneness Pentecostals have popularized this teaching. Yet I would contend that this […]

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How Can I Know Which Movies, Music, and Video Games I Should Avoid?

Entertainment is big stuff these days. Movies, music, and video games combined make up more of our lives than most of us would like to admit. They really are the dominant forces in shaping the culture around us – for good or for bad. From a Christian perspective, how are we to handle all that is offered to us […]

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Saved By Faith or Works? A Look at the “Contradiction” Between Paul and James

“The Bible is full of contradictions!” I hear people say this all the time. Most of the time, if you were to ask that person to name one, they can’t. But that is not to say that there aren’t parts of the Bible that don’t seem to fit with the rest. Indeed, there are parts […]

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How Can “Ordinary” People Live to the Glory of God?

God’s ultimate goal is his own glory. Everything that he does is done to this end: the praise of his own name. This includes both showing mercy to undeserving sinners and disciplining his wandering people. One passage that makes this abundantly clear is Isaiah 48:9-11… [9] “For my name’s sake I defer my anger, for the […]

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Does John 15 Say Christians Can Lose Their Salvation?

I had a great conversation a little while ago with a friend about Jesus’ words in John chapter 15. We were discussing if that particular passage teaches that Christians can lose their salvation. It is easy to see why that question would come to mind. Jesus says, in part… [1] I am the true vine, […]

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Is Church Membership Biblical?

Church membership can be a controversial issue. I have met a number of Christians who are strongly opposed to it, and others who are staunch supporters. As with anything, believers ought to let Scripture guide our beliefs and practices and submit to the truth of God’s Word. In trying to answer the question “Is church […]

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