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Defining the Kingdom of God
The Kingdom of God is the central proclamation of both the Old and New Testaments, and yet it is probably the most easily misunderstood phrase in the Christian grammar.
We believe that God is King, and that He governs the flow of events around us.

The Moore household has a new prayer partner, and her name is Nancy Pelosi.

I suppose "partner" isn't the right word since the speaker of the United States House of Representatives doesn't know anything about our kitchen-table intercession. Nonetheless, my young boys will soon learn how to pronounce the words "Speaker Pelosi" as we partner together to ask God's blessings for her.

It's not that I'm a Pelosi supporter. Indeed, while the California congresswoman and I would probably agree at several points, I find her position on the most defining issue of the day — the abortion of unborn babies — to be not just wrong-headed but profoundly evil.

Nonetheless, my wife and boys and I will be praying for her. And I hope a wave of Southern Baptist churches and families will join us.

It is easy for Christians to pray for political figures who court our votes. There are several organizations out there devoted t...

It's time to do something about all of the Darwinism in our evangelical churches.

No, I'm not talking about church members holding to the ideology of natural selection put forward by Charles Darwin's infamous Origin of Species. Instead, I mean the ways in which we inadvertently pick up the "Survival of the Fittest" mentality — and put it to work in our evangelism, our missions, and our congregational business meetings.

Darwin, you will remember, suggested that nature is rigged toward the winners. Nature is red in tooth and claw, a struggle for survival in which only the strongest are left to propagate their seed. From the very beginning of the Darwinian era, Christians recognized that our problems with evolution aren't just about the historicity of Genesis (although that would be enough). The problems include a worldview that can't make sense of the Sermon on the Mount — in which the last are first, the first are last, and ...

Last summer a woman wrote a back-page commentary in the New York Times Magazine about her decision to abort two of her triplets, a choice she tells readers wasn't all that difficult and she's glad she made. After all, she doesn't want to have to live in Staten Island and shop at Costco for the really big tubs of mayonnaise. And her Manhattan apartment has several flights of stairs.

This ghoulish commentary was far less revealing, though, than the letters to the editor The Times received in response.

Some readers praised The Times for the "courage" and "bravery" of the piece, but several other "pro-choice" writers expressed shock, discomfort, and even moral revulsion at the calculating indifference of the writer's point of view. Par...

There are places one expects to find feminist theology: the university doctoral seminar or the New Age spirituality section of the neighborhood bookstore. One does not expect to find radical feminist theism at sing-a-long time at Vacation Bible School or church camp. That could be changing.

Feminist theologian Jann Aldredge-Clanton, a Baptist, has teamed up with North Carolina Baptist minister of music Larry E. Schultz to author Imagine God! — a children's musical that proclaims its use of "a variety of feminine, masculine, and non-gender images of God."

The musical also draws on panentheism, the concept that God is the life presence within all things, an idea popularized within feminist circles by process theology and "creation spirituality." Thus, according to the musical's lyrics, "God is in us and above, She and He and so much more."

With this the case, children in this musical sing lyrics such as "Our ...

Forty years from now will our children celebrate Rosie O'Donnell as the Rosa Parks of the early 21st century?

After all, it is easy now to identify the heroes and villains of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. We all can agree that when Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of the bus, she was challenging a set of unjust and oppressive laws. Now the same-sex "marriage" movement is seeking to cast itself as the heirs of the civil rights movement. Ms. O'Donnell and her lesbian partner, along with scores of less famous same-sex couples, have "married" in San Francisco and across the country. The activists sang We Shall Overcome and cast their opponents as the heirs of George Wallace standing in the wedding chapel door. And, although they might never admit it, some evangelicals secretly fear they may be right. Are we on the wrong side of history?

The problem with the homosexual rights movement is not just that they don't...

As the Episcopal Church splinters over the question of homosexual bishops, Episcopalian liberals are telling us that they are the heirs of the civil rights era of 20th century American history. And they are partly right. The gay liberation movement in the mainline churches stands firmly in the tradition of the segregationist churches of the Jim Crow-era South.

The skirmish over gay rights in the Episcopal Church erupted over the nomination of homosexual Gene Robinson as a bishop. The fractures were evident in an Aug. 5 debate on NBC's Today show between the "progressive" bishop of Massachusetts and the "traditionalist" bishop of South Carolina.

Defending Robinson's appointment, the Massachusetts bishop argued for the autonomy of the liberals to do as they pleased. The bishop of South Carolina noted that the homosexual agenda was driving out of the church those communions who still hold to the Scripture as final authority, namely the Epis...

A Mystery To Critics

Did you see the newspaper articles about the new study demonstrating that conservative evangelical fathers are more likely to be abusive, detached, and isolated from their families?

No?

That's because that's not the conclusion found by a new study. If it were, one can be certain it would be an above-the-fold headline in the major daily newspapers across the nation.

Instead, the study, reported in the Journal of Marriage and Family, concluded that conservative evangelicals make better fathers than their secular counterparts. The study suggests that evangelical dads are far more likely to read with their children, eat dinner with them, and engage in outside activities together. The Boston Globe reports that, according to the study, fathers in a nuclear family with "strong religious and community ties" are "most likely to show up at dinner and put their kids to sleep reading Goodnight Moon."

Of course, th...

After three days of heated debate, the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) voted last November overwhelmingly to affirm what almost every Christian in the history of the church has always believed - that God knows everything, including the future decisions of His creatures.

The organization, a professional society of biblical scholars and theologians who affirm the inerrancy of Scripture, brought the issue to the floor after a group of ETS charter members charged that the "openness of God" view being articulated by some society members is outside the boundaries of evangelical conviction.

The non-binding resolution stated that the society believes "the Bible clearly teaches that God has complete, accurate, and infallible knowledge of all events past, present, and future including all future decisions and actions of free moral agents." The resolution passed on a vote of 253 in favor to sixty-six opposed with forty-one abstentions after a debate that la...