Why is Lent Relevant for Evangelicals?

If you're like me, you grew up in a church where Lent was a foreign word.  Like most things Catholic, it was ignored if not rejected.  In recent years, I have come to see the error of our ways.  I am now convinced that Lent holds enormous promise for us.  This ancient discipline can be a pathway to healing and hope in our fractured, fearful world.

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Why Trust the Bible?

Some questions come from people who are skeptical about the Christian faith. Some come from believers who have skeptical friends. And some come from believers who are struggling with the issue themselves. Our question is found in the hearts of all three.

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Why Does a Good God Allow an Evil World?

Why does a good God allow bad things to happen to good people? Hurricane Ike, a storm which devastated Galveston Island and much of the Texas Gulf Coast, is just another event which calls into question God's love, his power, or both. September 11, 2001, and the Holocaust of the previous generation, are equally problematic for those who believe God is all-powerful and all-loving. And each of us bears our own burdens, faces our own suffering and pain. A college professor said to me, "Son, be kind to everyone, because everyone's having a hard time."

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What Should we Believe About Creation and Evolution?

It may surprise you to know that 90% of all the scientists who have ever lived are alive right now. Around 400 B.C., Hippocrates pioneered the belief that physical diseases have natural causes, and looked for their solutions not in the pagan religions of the day but in approaches which birthed the "science" of medicine. But the Western world would wait nearly 20 centuries for Leonardo da Vinci and Nicolaus Copernicus to break significant new ground in scientific investigation. Francis Bacon (died 1626) and his laws of investigation are considered by many to herald the beginning of what is now known as the "scientific movement."

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What Should the Role of Women be in the Church?

The issue of women serving as church leaders is either a very easy or a very difficult question. Some think that the Bible categorically forbids this recognition, while others argue for equal leadership rights for both genders regardless of what the Bible might teach on the subject. But many of us struggle with this issue and want to know what the Bible says. This essay is intended to provide an overview of this complex subject, including succinct statements of my interpretive positions on these passages.

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What are Spiritual Gifts? How can I Find Mine?

William Borden was heir to the Borden dairy fortune, but he abandoned immeasurable wealth to serve God as a foreign missionary. Tragically, he contracted meningitis before reaching his destination and died. Among his possessions was found this scribbled note, summarizing his life's passion: No reserve, no retreat, no regrets. His story and motto captured the heart of a generation, and galvanized thousands for mission service.

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How Should we View the End Times?

Someone asked a wise older pastor his view of the "end times." He smiled and said, "The Lord put me on the preparation committee, not the planning committee." He spoke for us all. We cannot control how the Lord chooses to end history. Our theories about the future are just that. The word of God is too practical to focus extensively on an issue which possesses no pragmatic value for our lives. If I could prove a particular theory of the end times to you, would such knowledge change your life today?

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How Can I Know the Will of God?

In 1870 the Methodists in Indiana were holding their Annual Conference. At one point in the proceedings, the president of the college where they were meeting said, "I think we are living in a very exciting age." The presiding bishop asked him, "What do you see for the future?" The college president responded, "I believe we are coming into a time of great inventions. I believe, for example, that men will fly through the air like birds." The bishop said, "That's heresy! The Bible says that flight is reserved for the angels. We'll have no more such talk here."

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