Christian Living Archive

Should a Christian Practice the Martial Arts?

A controversial issue within Christianity today is whether a Christian can practice the martial arts. There are three primary views. To gain perspective on this issue, let us briefly consider each one. First, some say that because of its unchris­tian origin (Eastern mysticism), no martial art form should be practiced by Christians. However, an unchristian […]

PDA’s and Apologetics

This article first appeared in the Effective Evangelism column of the Christian Research Journal, volume 26, number 3 (2003). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org During the cross-examination period of our debate on purgatory, Father Peter Stravinskas, noted theologian and author of The Catholic Answer series of […]

What Bible verses are most commonly used to support “holy laughter,” and what is your response to them?

Acts 2:13. One passage frequently abused in the current Laughing Revival occurs in Luke’s account of the day of Pentecost: “Some, howev­er, made fun of them and said, They have had too much wine.” Leaders of this “Counterfeit Revival,” like Rodney Howard-Browne and John Arnott, seem bent on convincing their audiences that the apostles were […]

THE IMAGE

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 25, number 3 (2003). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org SYNOPSIS Idolatry is more than the adoration of images; it is humanity’s deliberate refashioning of the Creator into the creature. The pull of idolatry began with the […]

Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings

This article first appeared in the News Watch department of the Christian Research Journal, volume 24, number 4 (2002). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: www.equip.org The blockbuster films about Middle Earth and Harry Potter have given Christians two opportunities to respond to magical fantasy on the big […]

Full Gospel Businessmen Fellowship International

More than two years ago the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International (FGBMFI) was informed by Christian Research Institute that there were Mormons in membership in some of their local chapters, specifically Salt Lake City. The FGBMFI president did not respond to either telephone calls or correspondence. CRI was first told that we could have […]

God as Father

This article first appeared in the Volume 23 / Number 2 issue of the Christian Research Journal. For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org SYNOPSIS Apart from divine revelation, God remains unknown to us. Meanwhile, that which goes by the name of God is often not God at […]

Fantasy Media

This article first appeared in the Volume 23 / Number 1 issue of the Christian Research Journal. For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org The Harry Potter books may be the biggest success story in children’s literature. The series by a British woman named J. K. Rowling, who […]

Christian Families on the Edge

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 26, number 1 (2003). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org SYNOPSIS In response to antifamily trends in recent decades, there has been a resurgence within Christianity to restore family integrity and values. Christians may agree on the […]

Fantasy Role-Playing Games

A high school student one day asked her teacher what she thought of fantasy role-playing (FRP) games. With a smile, the teacher said she would enjoy playing because it would allow her to use her imagination. The student was also told that her creative and analytical abilities, as well as her mathematical skills, would be […]