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How Christianity Makes Sense of This Gerber Baby

A recent Washington Post article celebrated the naming of Lucas Warren as the 2018 Gerber baby. Every year, the Gerber Products Company selects an infant “who best exemplifies Gerber’s long-standing heritage of recognizing that every baby is a Gerber baby.” What makes Lucas unusual and particularly news-worthy is the fact …

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What Do Christians Mean When They Say, “God (or Jesus) Spoke to Me”?

I must confess that I empathized with Joy Behar (co-host of ABC’s The View) when she recently expressed concern about a claim that Vice President (and Christian believer) Mike Pence has heard the voice of Jesus on occasion. I didn’t become a Christian until the age of thirty-five, and prior …

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Why the University of Miami’s Chair for Atheism Confirms the Existence of God

Two years ago, the University of Miami established the Appignani Foundation Chair for the Study of Atheism, Humanism, and Secular Ethics. It is the first of its kind, filled this year by a former “professor of metaphysics and the philosophy of science at the University of Notre Dame.” Louis J. …

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How Can God Allow Horrific Evil Like School Shootings?

Unsurprisingly, our national conversation about gun violence intensifies following any well-publicized shooting or murder, especially if it occurs in a school or public setting. The recent massacre in Parkland, Florida, for example, leaves many of us searching for answers. As a Christian who happens to be a homicide detective, I’ve …

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Everyone Wants to Be Happy, But Fewer Are Willing to Do What It Takes

The New York Times reported on Yale’s most popular class: Psyc 157 – “Psychology and the Good Life.” The course, taught by Dr. Laurie Santos, “tries to teach students how to lead a happier, more satisfying life.” It “focuses both on positive psychology — the characteristics that allow humans to …

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Why America May Fall Behind in Genetic Technologies, and That’s OK

Americans are accustomed to being technological leaders in a variety of disciplines, but our nation may fall behind other countries in the field of genetic technology – if current activities in China continue. While that may sound like a challenge we should embrace and correct as a nation, there’s actually …

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Is Christianity Shrinking in America? “Yes” and “No”

It’s a common question asked by church leaders and laity: “Is American Christianity waning as our nation becomes more secular”? The statistics seem to support a “yes” answer to this question. I’ve been collecting data on this issue for over ten years. The surveys (more than fifty I’ve chronicled so …

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The More Science, the More Reasonable the Pro-Life Position

When I was a new homicide detective, much of the science and technology we now take for granted was unavailable. While fingerprint analysis was common, forensic DNA technology was still in its infancy. In addition, few locations around the country were monitored by surveillance cameras, and even fewer victims or …

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Three Things You Can Do to Help Your Kids Defend the Truth

The statistics are alarmingly clear: Young Christians are leaving the Church in increasing numbers and when polled, most cite some form of intellectual skepticism as the chief cause of their departure. If you’re a parent, listen to the words offered by young ex-believers (excerpted from recent studies): “It didn’t make …

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Three Things First Responders Can Teach Christians About Engaging Culture

Throughout Christian history, followers of Jesus have debated about how we ought to engage an unbelieving culture. Last month, Rod Dreher, the senior editor at The American Conservative, released The Benedict Option, with the subtitle, “A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation.” Dreher’s book seems to have struck a …

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