Christian Living Archive

Was Ayn Rand Right?

Synopsis In response to the critics of capitalism, many conservative Christians turn to philosopher Ayn Rand for ammunition. Rand was a staunch defender of capitalism, but also an anti-Christian atheist who argued that capitalism was based on greed. Greed, for Rand, is good. But if Rand is right, then Christians can’t be capitalists, because greed […]

Running with the Dunning Effect

Perhaps one of the most endearing characters in television history is Ted Baxter from the 1970s sitcom, The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Played by actor Ted Knight, Baxter was a news anchorman with an excellent voice, a handsome face, and little else to commend him to his job. He was best known for hilarious mispronunciations […]

The “Family” Quarrel

This article first appeared in Christian Research Journal, volume33, number03 (2010). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org SYNOPSIS The definition of family has become one of Christianity’s most controversial doctrines. In a time of international revision of marriage and family roles, widespread acceptance of cohabitation and high […]

Understanding Social Media

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This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 33, number 03 (2010). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/. SYNOPSIS Social media are growing explosively and are changing the way people around the globe think of friendship and community. While media such as Facebook offer us […]

Reaching the Children of the Revolution

This article first appeared in the From the Editor column of the Christian Research Journal, volume 34, number 01 (2011). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org Last issue I wrote about the sexual revolution of the late ‘60s and ‘70s and maintained that it, more than any […]

How Relevant is Relevance?

Churches today are making great strides toward reaching out to our contemporary culture and speaking to those within it. As a result, a new lexicon of redefined terms such as “living,” “practical,” “authentic,” and “relevant” have invaded our ministries. Throughout my time as a teacher for adult and college ministries I have spoken and held […]

Deity Vs. Humanity

“Who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men” (Phil. 2:6–7).1 For centuries, the mystery of the Incarnation has served as a source of wonder for Christians […]

The Good News about Capitalism

“One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. Pennies saved one and two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the vegetable man and the butcher…One dollar and eighty-seven cents. And the next day would be Christmas.” So begins one of the most moving short stories […]

Equipping the Next Generation

Synopsis Current research reveals that we are realistically in danger of not passing on biblicalChristianity to the next generation. Both an overexposure to worldly philosophy and anoverdependence on church programs have caused us to fail in our task to hand off a vibrant, kingdom-focused faith. To counteract this dangerous direction, five pivotal factors are needed. […]

A Reconsideration of Romantic Love

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 32, number 3-A (2009). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org Romantic love has always stimulated a brisk trade. Belgian chocolates, vintage claret, redolent bouquets, designer clothes, and weekend getaways have never come cheaply. But contemporary society differs […]

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