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Does Rick Warren Endorse Chrislam?

No. Period. It's a funny thing. Since we've announced that we'll be planting a new church in cooperation with the new Saddleback Network and that Rick Warren has endorsed and sent us, I've gotten quite a few questions about the controversy over "chrislam." I'm not going to link to any articles - Google tells the story, and it's a sad and frustrating one. The rumor is that Rick Warren and other prominent religious leaders are promoting a new belief system known as …

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Books: Real-Time Connections – Linking Your Job With God’s Global Work

A few months ago I had the privilege of meeting Bob Roberts in his office in the Dallas area and he gave me a copy of his book, Real Time Connections: Linking Your Job with God's Global Work. He even signed it with the inscription "Change the world. Don't let people go to hell. ~ Bob Roberts." Simple task, right? Bob's book is an instruction manual for every believer to do just that - change the world. He rids us of the notion that you cannot have a global mission unless …

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Back to Real Purity

Another politician has fallen, along with another high-profile Pastor. Both stories come within weeks of each other. Adultery. The moral fabric of a home torn. Some marriages may survive it, though they'll walk with a permanent limp. Others will never recover. Carnage will lie everywhere. Not nice to think about, is it? But we've got to face it head-on, especially within Christianity. I've read lists of "commandments for purity" before, such as Ed Young's, which he posted …

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Just Turn To Jesus, It’s That Simple

Confession: Christianity is a mess! But that's the tendency of religion isn't it? We have too many denominations, too many moral failures among leaders, and too much quibbling over secondary issues. We argue about music styles, dress codes, and politics. Let's admit it. And while we're admitting, let's admit that we've also messed up the message of the gospel. We either water it down or muddy it up. We either leave out the parts about Jesus' death, burial and …

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I Think It’s Time To Be Concerned

I'm deeply concerned. Jesus made a bold statement once about the influence of believers when He said, "If the salt loses its savor, it is good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled under the foot of men." I've just finished reading an article by Al Mohler that gives an articulate voice to a rising concern within Christianity - are we losing our savor? …

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The Religion of Atheism

I just read a news story about an atheistic group in Washington state that has placed a sign in the state capital building promoting atheism. The sign is located adjacent to a nativity scene also paid for by a private organizations, and both organizations obtained permits for their displays. You can read more about the story here. I am not opposed to either display - we live in a nation that celebrates the freedom of speech as well as the freedom of worship, so either of …

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Feels Like I’m Born Again

Yesterday in Rogers, Arkansas, a teenager was taken into custody and questioned after allegedly impersonating an officer. He tried to pull a young girl over and even flashed his fake badge to her. She didn't buy it and called the police. Good for her! He later claimed he thought she was driving erratically. We're beginning a new study tonight on what authentic Christianity looks like, and authentic faith in Christ always begins with a new birth. (By the way, this series is …

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The Certainty of Mysteries

I was deeply moved by today's reading from J. Sidlow Baxter's devotional, Awake My Heart. He speaks of the mysteries of life, what W. A. Criswell used to call "the imponderables of God." Baxter mentioned birth, life, personality, human experience, Satan, eternity, etc. All of these are unexplainable. We can begin, but we can never conclude any definition of them. Baxter goes on, however, to quote an unnamed old Puritan as saying, "Never let what you don't know disturb your …

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The Nightline Debate: Proving the Existence of God

Last night, millions watched the debate between Kelly and Brian Sabient (representing atheism) and Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron (attempting to prove God's existence without using faith or the Bible). I have reviewed as much of the video as I can stand and have come to some interesting conclusions. At first, I was disappointed in Ray's use of Scripture in his opening comments. He had made a commitment to prove God's existence without the Bible and then proceeded to use the …

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The Lost Tomb of Jesus

It has taken me several days to sit and write my conclusions about the Discovery Channel documentary on The Lost Tomb of Jesus. I find it ironic how dramatic the title seems when the tomb is neither lost (they've found it), nor does it contain Jesus ("He is not here; He is risen..."). Kind of like those "lost books of the Bible" which are also not lost, nor are they in the Bible. Overall, this film is intriguing drama at best. It's very entertaining and gives a glimpse into …

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