Discernment Exercise: On Being Offensive

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All things considered, there’s plenty a Christian can do, say, or believe which some other Christian will find offensive—perhaps even deeply offensive. A few…

Discernment Exercise: Questions for Dr. Laura

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Though biblical illiteracy tends to be rather widespread—even among believers—many unbelievers know enough about the Bible to raise questions about how believers understand and…

Discernment Exercise: Answering Questions About Doubt

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Reflect on the following questions. As you do, think about the extent you struggle with doubt. Think about how there are some believers who…

Discernment Exercise: Halloween – Magic and Monsters

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With the collapse of Yugoslavia in the late 20th century, small-scale independence movements formed along ethnic and religious fault lines in the Balkan region.…

Discernment Exercise: Engaging the Arts: Are You A Patron?

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Engaging the Arts Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan has begun an effort to help Christians think about their engagement with the arts. It’s an…

Discernment Exercise: Halloween, A Distinctly Christian Holiday

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It has become routine in October for some Christian schools to send out letters warning parents about the evils of Halloween, and it has…

Discernment Exercise: Beatitudes on the Dark Side

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One of the great classics of 20th century Christian writing is The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis. It’s one of those rare books…

Discernment Exercise: Your God Does Intolerable Things

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Often the questions we face in a pluralistic culture require Christians to develop an apologetic for their faith. A reasonable, winsome defense of what…

Discernment Exercise: Questioning American Foreign Policy

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Since 9/11 our country and our churches have once again been interested in just war theory. Since the attack on the World Trade Center…

Discernment Exercise: Why I Kissed Christian Concerts Good-bye

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Editor’s Introduction In the following piece a music lover, after attending Christian concerts regularly for a decade and a half, explains why he no…