The Benefits of a Church Member Covenant

Church members have expectations of their church leaders and church leaders have expectations of local church members. Church membership covenants might be a way to balance the expectations that members and church leaders have of of each other. Years ago, when my family and I wanted to join a church in Southern California we participated... Continue Reading

How Much Is One Man Willing to Pay for Illicit Sexual Gratification?

Every transgression of that which is right has consequences, but the costs sexual compromises are endless. Individuals, children, communities and nations pay a high price when personal sexual gratification trumps God’s law. Let Jacob answer that question. When Shechem saw Dinah, the daughter of Jacob, he seized her and lay with her and humiliated her.... Continue Reading

Evangelicals will still be a problem for Romney in 2012

It all seems a bit juvenile, except that we’re talking religion here, which is serious. And the only thing more heated than religion is politics. Mix the two, and you have an explosion that isn’t easy to clean up. In that environment looms Romney’s political future. It seems pretty clear that Mitt Romney will run... Continue Reading

Why was it right for God to slaughter women and children in the Old Testament?

John Piper answers a question that some athiests, like Christopher Hitchens, have raised in their arguments against Christianity. Following is an edited transcript of a video interview. It’s right for God to slaughter women and children anytime he pleases. God gives life and he takes life. Everybody who dies, dies because God wills that they... Continue Reading

Marriage: A Good Thing

“Love and marriage/Love and marriage/Go together like a horse and carriage.” Today, folks are not as sure of this as they used to be. Now the value of marriage, and even the gender of the partners involved in it, are being seriously questioned. It might be well to take a brief look at what the... Continue Reading

Infant Baptism: The Advantage to the Child

A question often asked of those who argue for infant baptism is, “What good does it do the infant?” Those who ask this question generally think they have nailed the defender, as there is no obvious benefit to the infant. The infant hardly seems to be aware of what is transpiring, let alone being aware... Continue Reading

Ron Paul: How Congress Can Stop Roe v. Wade Now

“You would essentially exempt yourself from the dictates of Roe v. Wade, if the state chose to pass a law and it could not be heard in the Supreme Court.” Back in 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion on demand in the infamous Roe v. Wade and companion case Doe v. Bolton decisions and... Continue Reading

Tiger Woods’ Buddhist Confession

The most remarkable aspect of his confession is its Buddhist shape. American Christians should look at those words with care – seeing just how distant they are from the Gospel. Americans are accustomed to a certain kind of public confession, argues Susan Wise Bauer — and that means a confession that is shaped by the... Continue Reading

Stress equality of dignity over equality of results

Black History Month is a time not only to honor our past but also to survey the progress yet to be made. Why does the black underclass continue to struggle so many years after the civil rights movement? Martin Luther King dreamed about an America where women and men are evaluated on the basis of... Continue Reading

Ballfields debate will test community

Tom Stein is senior pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Indiana. He writes a weekly blog for his local newspaper. We are at a fork in the road. It is not a choice that will make or break this community, but it will test the heart of this community — and the hearts of... Continue Reading