A Soteriology of Selfies: Jesus and the Samaritan Woman at the Well

"Come see a man who told me all the things that I have done." - John 4:29a (NASB) Nearly two decades after the advent of the first camera phone, selfies remain a thing. It seems everyone from former president Barack Obama to Pope Francis has become enamored with the prospect of taking pictures of the themselves and posting …

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How the Easiness of ‘American Christianity’ Minimizes the Atonement of Christ

"For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." - 1 Corinthians 1:18 (NASB) For several months now I have been burdened by what appears, to me at least, to be an increasing apathy and indifference on the part of Christians, …

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Abortion, Evil, and the Sovereignty of God

"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways", declares the Lord. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts." - Isaiah 55:8-9 (NASB) For many within the evangelical church, the doctrine of the sovereignty of …

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The One Sin You Don’t Think You’re Guilty Of, But Probably Are

"What each one honors before all else, what before all things he admires and loves, this for him is God." - Origen We Christians have a proneness to want to "index" our sin. To index our sin is to regard certain sins we commit against God, if we call them sins at all, as being worse than others. It's tantamount to …

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The Most Dangerous Prayer a Christian Can Pray

Prayer is essential to the Christian life. It is essential to the Christian life because prayer was essential to the life of Jesus (Matthew 6:1-15, 14:23; Luke 5:16, 22:39-41; Hebrews 5:7.) Theologian Andrew Murray, who arguably has written more than anyone on the subject of prayer in the daily life of the Christian, once declared, …

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Races Don’t Reconcile, Hearts Do

The matters of social justice and racial reconciliation continue to be topics of discussion among evangelical Christians regardless of ethnicity. Few discourses today have so intensely ignited people's emotions and passions as those that dare to broach these hot-button issues. And why are they such sensitive topics? In my opinion, it's because we think much too highly …

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