Sanctity of Life Sunday Resources

This Sunday, January 15th, many churches around the country are acknowledging Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. Some churches are doing this the following week on January 22nd. This is a good time for the people of God to stand up for the unique dignity of human life, from conception to natural death. If you are planning these services, we have some resources that might be helpful: Here is a bulletin insert/handout I wrote, published by ERLC. Here is a small group study guide I wrote, published by Lifeway's Gospel Project Leader guide Personal study guide Here is a great video explaining the concept of the imago dei, produced by ERLC. Here is a terrific video by Focus on the Family Also, don't forget to register (if you haven't already) for the Evangelicals for Life Conference, January 26-28th in Washington, D.C....

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Do You Really Believe This? On Santa Claus, Jesus, and the Unbelievable

It is during this season, the glorious Christmas season, that my wife watches her favorite channel the most. Unfortunately for me, that channel is not one of the ESPN family of networks, but the Hallmark Channel. I’m generally a fan of Hallmark’s usually wholesome television programming, stuff you can actually watch with your nine-year-old in the room, so please don’t misunderstand what I’m about to say. Here it is: The endless string of Christmas rom-coms I’m forced to watch with my wife makes me want to channel William Wallace in Braveheart, rip off my shirt, and yell, ”Freedom!” Maybe it’s the very simple plot lines (wealthy developer wants to tear down a small town’s sacred institution to build condos–oh, the horror–until a scrappy heroine saves the day with a pitched local campaign and then falls in love with the formerly evil developer), the overwrought sentimentalism, or the poor acting. Or maybe it’s...

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My New Project on Human Dignity

I'm pleased to announce that I've just signed a contract for my next book project. I'm pleased to be working with The Good Book Company on a book on human dignity. I'm deeply grateful for my agent, Erik Wolgemuth and for The Good Book Company for believing in this idea. I've been impressed with TGBC, both in the quality resources they publish and in their great interest in this project. It's an honor, not a right, to have a publisher willing to publish my work. The issues of human dignity have captured my attention for a while. I've been writing on this theme for some time. I believe that the Christian story offers something unique to the world: this idea that every human being was created in the image of God. In this book. I plan to explain, for a lay audience, what the imago dei means and then to help...

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Evangelism After the Bible Belt: Why Sharing Christ is Both Easier and Harder in a Post-Christian culture

Evangelism is the one topic that is guaranteed to get the most amens in church and yet produces the most fear and guilt in those of us called to share the good news of the gospel. And today, in an increasingly post-Christian culture, the job of fulfilling the Great Commission seems more impossible than it was a generation ago. But there is good news for Christians: the same Holy Spirit who empowered the first century church and breathed life into every generation of the Church since is still active today. God is not surprised by your Muslim neighbors, your gay coworkers, and your stubbornly atheist sibling. And he is calling you to be the very announcement of the gospel to them. So how do we do this? Three things must happen to a follower of Jesus to motivate him to become a bearer of good news in his circle of influence: 1)...

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