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  • Worst idea of all time?

    If crowdfunding abortion isn't at the very top of the list, it's got to at least be pretty high up there.

    (H/T Martha Anderson)READ FULL ARTICLE »
  • Why Doesn't God Stop Suffering? (Part 3)

    (Part 1 of this blog series is available here. Part 2 is available here.)

    Focusing on God Himself

    It seems that God gave Habakkuk understanding of how he wanted him—and all of us—to respond. Rather than trying to figure out the details of his plan, God wants us to focus on him as a person. He told Habakkuk that
    these things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed. Look at the proud! They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked; but the righteous will live by their faith (Habakkuk 2:3-4 NLT).
  • New interview with Kevin Belmonte

    Kevin Belmonte, BreakPoint columnist and author of "D. L. Moody: A Life," was interviewed by Trevin Wax at The Gospel Coalition. The interview is here and here.READ FULL ARTICLE »
  • Why Doesn't God Stop Suffering? (Part 2)

    (Part 1 of this blog series is available here.)

    Even Jesus Asked Why

    One final question before we offer an answer. Jesus, who was very God and very man, also had a question. He knew he was to suffer and die a cruel death for the sins of the world. Yet just before his crucifixion he prayed, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine” (Matthew 26:39). It is not strange that on a human level Jesus didn’t want to suffer. It is clear that he was struggling with the knowledge that he would experience great pain and suffering. Humanly he didn’t want to endure the torturous death of the cross—yet he would do it for his Father.
  • Awakening to God: An Interview with Kyle Idleman

    Kyle Idleman, teaching pastor at Southeast Christian Church (Louisville, Ky.), shares his thoughts on spiritual transformation as seen in the Parable of the Prodigal Son in his upcoming books, “AHA: The God Moment that Changes Everything” and the devotional “Praying for Your Prodigal.” I had a chance to speak with him about these two books.

    AC: Are you an elder brother or younger brother?

    KI: Both. Honestly, the more I examine my heart, the more of a younger brother I realize I am. In a sense, the older brother stops being a younger brother when he realizes he is the older brother. The younger brother came to a realization sooner. I hope to be like the younger brother, who comes to a point of realization.
  • Of Food Trucks and College Educations

    It’s that time of year. College applications.

    Our fourth of four sons is a high school senior. For the past year, he has been bombarded with literature from universities around the country. But my all-time favorite (and that includes the endless mailings that our other boys received over the years) arrived yesterday. A Big State University—I’ll just say it was west of the Mississippi—sent a slick, colorful, 10-panel brochure proclaiming all the advantages of attending this particular institution of higher learning.

    Ski resorts. National parks nearby. A nearby airport with stunning architecture. Sweet.

    And all it would cost my out-of-state son (read: me) to attend would be about $48,000 a year.
  • Why Doesn't God Stop Suffering? (Part 1)

    This world is full of suffering and pain, and God does allow it. And while we may understand to a point why God had to allow suffering, why doesn’t he end it now? Why has he allowed it to continue so long? That is a troubling question.

    A perfect and holy God created a perfect world. He “looked over all he made, and he saw that it was excellent in every way” (Genesis 1:31 NLT). Yet not for long. Because of free will, humans had a choice of God’s way or their way. They chose their way, and sin and evil entered the world. The perfect paradise God had created was destroyed. And from that moment forward—multiplied thousands of years—hunger, disease, hatred, wars, and untold heartache have plagued the human race. It is true God has promised to redeem those who trust in his Son for salvation and to restore creation back to his original design. But why is God taking so long to correct the tragic mess humans have made of this world?
  • File this one under 'Image of God'

    What's the key to the type of talent Paul Smith had? This former resident of an Oregon nursing home became an internet phenomenon when John Stofflet of NBC posted his classic segment from Wisconsin's WMTV on YouTube. In its odd way, the Internet's viral content mill often gives old stories a new lease on life. That's what happened with this five-minute video on Smith's life, and it certainly deserved to be retold. READ FULL ARTICLE »

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  • We Need to Erect Our Own Memorial

    Maybe we need a new memorial. For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

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