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Unexplaining the Mormon Priesthood Ban on Blacks

This article first appeared in the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL, volume 39, number 01 (2016). The full text of this article in PDF format can be obtained by clicking here. For further information or to subscribe to the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL go to: http://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/ SYNOPSIS  For much of its history, leaders of The Church of Jesus […]

Plural Marriage and Joseph Smith: A PR Nightmare in Mormonism

This article first appeared in the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL, volume 38, number 05 (2015). The full text of this article in PDF format can be obtained by clicking here. For further information or to subscribe to the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL go to: http://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/ Publicly mention the religion of Mormonism and the first thought to come […]

Evaluating Extremism: Are Extreme Beliefs Always Dangerous?

This article first appeared in the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL, volume 38, number 03 (2015). The full text of this article in PDF format can be obtained by clicking here. For further information or to subscribe to the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL go to: http://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/ Connoisseurs of human nature will be quick to identify the manifold behavioral […]

Condemnation and Grace: Polygamy and Concubinage in the Old Testament

This article first appeared in the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL, volume 38, number 05 (2015). The full text of this article in PDF format can be obtained by clicking here. For further information or to subscribe to the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL go to: http://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/ The divine design for marriage established at creation is a monogamous relationship […]

What Does the Bible Teach about the Cannabis Plant?

This article first appeared in the Practical Hermeneutics column of the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL, volume 38, number 05 (2015). The full text of this article in PDF format can be obtained by clicking here. For further information or to subscribe to the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL go to: http://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/ The debate regarding the use of marijuana […]

How Should a Christian Think about The Shack?

Over the last few months I have been hearing more and more about a book titled, The Shack, written by William P. Young, who goes by his middle name, Paul. Although some, like my mother, are profoundly disturbed by its content, others are saying that it is one of the best books they have ever […]

Materialism for the Masses

This article first appeared in the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL, volume 37, number 04 (2014). The full text of this article in PDF format can be obtained by clicking here. For further information or to subscribe to the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL go to: http://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/ SYNOPSIS In the original 1980 Cosmos series, Carl Sagan famously declared, “The […]

Does the Levitical Prohibition of Homosexuality Still Apply Today?

This article first appeared in the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL, volume 38, number 02 (2015). The full text of this article in PDF format can be obtained by clicking here. For further information or to subscribe to the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL go to: http://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/ When I first began studying the issue of homosexuality in depth, I […]

No Suit for You

This article first appeared in the Viewpoint column of the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL, volume 37, number 06 (2014). The full text of this article in PDF format can be obtained by clicking here. For further information or to subscribe to the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL go to: http://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/ A legendary Seinfeld episode featured the now-famous “soup […]

The Hidden Faith of Silence

A movie review of Silence Directed by Martin Scorsese (Paramount Pictures, 2016) One’s first encounter with Silence — whether reading the 1966 Japanese novel by Shusaku Endo or watching the 2016 Hollywood movie adaptation by Martin Scorsese — can be a challenging experience for several reasons. For one thing, the content of the story is […]

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