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Netherlands to allow euthanasia for children below the age of 12

(Photo: Unsplash/AdrienOlichon)The Netherlands is set to pave the way for the legalised euthanasia of very young children. According to the NLTimes Tuesday, the northwestern European nation, which already has some of the most liberal euthanasia policies in the world, is likely to expand its law to permit children ages 1-12 to be euthanized in certain circumstances.... Read more

Faith Coming of Age – Christ and Pop Culture

In spite of our drive to speed up growth and reach the goal of faith, perhaps the real goal is to trust the process. Rather than an object to be controlled, we can enjoy the blessing of time as a gift . . . Thiscontentis for Christ and Pop Culture members only. If you'd like... Read more

The Age of Opportunity | by Jason Weimer

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” Galatians 6:10 Division and discord feel as rampant as ever, and nowhere is that more evident than in social media. Snark and sarcasm have become weapons of choice, wielded to belittle those who... Read more

Ministering in an Age of Doubt: Why We Need to Study Both History and Apologetics

After growing up in a Christian home, I began to experience doubts about Christianity in college. Struggling through some nagging questions, one thing that brought relief was realizing I wasn’t alone. The church had raised, reflected on, and responded to similar questions for 2,000 years. Christians hadn’t been sticking their head in the sand, trying... Read more

Looking Back So We Can Move Forward in a Secular Age

After growing up in a Christian home, I began to experience doubts about Christianity in college. Struggling through some nagging questions, one thing that brought relief was realizing I wasn’t alone. The church had raised, reflected on, and responded to similar questions for 2,000 years. Christians hadn’t been sticking their head in the sand, trying... Read more

Ethics for the Digital Age: Defining and Pursuing the Good for Our Good

A friend recently tweeted he believes ethics to be an impossibility. As he unpacked what he meant, I realized this attitude toward ethics is shared by many, especially in our digital age. With the rise of sophisticated modern technologiessuch as artificial intelligence (AI), facial recognition, bioengineering, and social mediaour society will increasingly question what’s moral... Read more

Pilgrimage in the age of Covid-19

(Photo: Reuters) This online pilgrimage included many elements of the actual journey such as traditional prayers and communion, but recreated for a virtual experience. Prayers and services were offered in both English and Spanish. Participants were shown scenes of the healing waters, taken on a virtual tour of the cave and heard music that is... Read more

A Perfect Book for Our Polarized Age

When I was asked to write a book on conflict resolution, my first thought was, Write one? I need one! Tony Merida’s honest humor in the introduction to Christ-Centered Conflict Resolution: A Guide for Turbulent Times intrigued me. When later he humbly confessedIt took me a while to realize that one of the keys to... Read more

Finding answers in the Bible to trauma and grief in the age of Covid-19

(Photo: Unsplash/Karim Manjra)Pearl Liddle, of the Scottish Bible Society, is a facilitator with the Trauma Healing Institute, a Bible-based programme run through churches to help people, both Christians and non-Christians, find answers to their pain and grief in God's Word.  In the age of Covid-19, when many people around the world are suffering on different... Read more

Cultivating Christlike Virtue in a Virtue-Signaling Age

In You Are What You Love, James K. A. Smith critiques American evangelicalism for equating knowledge with spiritual maturity. What we think is often prized above all, leading to bobblehead Christianity. Like the guy at the gym with big biceps and tiny calves, though, when we have inflated heads and shriveled hearts, our spiritual training... Read more

How to Talk About God in a Skeptical Age: An Interview with Joshua Chatraw – Bible Gateway Blog

Why is it that people don’t just believe Christianity is false; they assume it isn’t good? How can followers of Jesus effectively communicate the biblical story of his grace and redemption in today’s skeptical, divisive, and technologically saturated world? How should Christians be respectful of unbelievers, all the while remaining focused on Jesus? Bible Gateway... Read more

High Court approves legal challenge against Government U-turn on online age checks

(Photo: Unsplash/Christian Wiediger)The High Court has given the go ahead for a legal challenge over the Government's decision to abandon age verification checks for online p0rnography.  Legislation to introduce the scheme was passed by Parliament in 2018 with the aim of protecting children.  The plans were hit by repeated delays before finally being shelved for... Read more

How To Talk About God in a Skeptical Age – Tim Challies

The gospel of Jesus Christ is fixed, unchanging, and unchangeable. Just as God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, so, too, is the good news of what Jesus Christ has done. But the methods and strategies Christians use to explain and defend that gospel can vary as much as humanity does. While there have... Read more

High Court approves legal challenge against Government U-turn on online p0rn age checks

(Photo: Unsplash/Christian Wiediger)The High Court has given the go ahead for a legal challenge over the Government's decision to abandon age verification checks for online p0rnography.  Legislation to introduce the scheme was passed by Parliament in 2018 with the aim of protecting children.  The plans were hit by repeated delays before finally being shelved for... Read more

‘We’re in a New Age’: Disney Channel, Nickelodeon Air Ads Celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month

'We're in a New Age': Disney Channel, Nickelodeon Air Ads Celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month Disney Channel and Nickelodeon once limited their celebration of LGBT Pride Month to social media platforms, but are now broadcasting commercials placing the issue in front of Americas children.A June commercial sponsored and aired by the Disney Channel featured... Read more

Joy at Any Age – Beloved Women – June 17, 2020

Joy at Any Age  Beloved Women June 17, 2020READ: They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green. (Psalms 92:14 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT:  Gardeners like myself, love perennials because you do the work to establish them once, and then they bloom repeatedly. Perennials are lasting or existing for a long... Read more

Anne Bradstreet Is a Good Tonic for a Virus-Haunted Age

For many Reformed evangelicals, the Puritans are like old friends. Pastor-writers like John Bunyan, Matthew Henry, and John Owen stare down from our bookshelves. Jeremiah Burroughs and John Flavel are quoted in sermons and on social media. Yet we hear far less about one important Puritan writer: Anne Bradstreet. We need Bradstreet because her works... Read more

Surviving in the Selfie Age // Eleanor Kwizera – TGC Africa

I have been privileged to work with young adults for the past 6 years. Its been a joy walking the path with young believers and non-believers at this watershed moment in their lives. As teens leave home and move to a university campus much about life and identity shifts or is unsettled. Increasingly, we live... Read more

5 Ways Exodus Confronts Our Secular Age

Exodus is epic. An underdog leader of a slave nation stands up to the world’s most powerful man. Hail, frogs, flies, and rivers of blood plague the most prosperous nation on the planet. God miraculously divides a major body of water so his people can escape their captors. Thats just the first half. No wonder... Read more

(Fake) Sex in a Technological Age

Authors note: The topic and examples in this section are sexually explicit. I leave certain details vague and ask that you not search for these things online. The worlds first sex robot debuted in fall 2018 to much fanfare. Many joined waiting lists to purchase this AI-equipped doll from Abyss Creations. The doll, named Harmony... Read more

The Crown Episode That Finds Faith in a Secular Age

Season three of The Crown removed any doubt that the Netflix showwhich explores the life and reign of Britains Queen Elizabeth IIis one of televisions best. Certain episodes from this season (like Aberfan or Tywysog Cymru) are as good as any Oscar-nominated movie this year. The best season-three episode, however, is arguably Moondust, a Prince... Read more

Taking Church Online in a Coronavirus Age

Like most other pastors and church leaders in recent weeks, I’m in the throes of confusion. The rapid spread of COVID-19 has forced upon us an ecclesiological conundrum. What does it even mean to be a church in times like this? How much does it matter that we continue to gather, physically, in the midst... Read more

Lessons from the Earliest Christians for Our Secular Age

In Resilient Faith: How the Early Christian Third Way Changed the World, Gerald Sittserprofessor of theology at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washingtonshows how the early church emerged in the Roman world with a distinctive identity in Christ. The phrase new race or third race comes from a second-century letter written to a Roman official named... Read more

Beware the Ideal Woman in the Age of Self

In days when bestselling books aimed at women peddle a message of self-confidence in fluent Christianese, quotes like What we need right now is more women who are full of themselves receive thousands of views and hundreds of positive comments on Instagram. The influencers who tout these messages are selling todays ideal womanthe confident, successful,... Read more

How to Do Theological Triage in Our Divided Age

Speak the truth in love. Truth in love. Truth and love. One of these often dominates in theological conversations, some choosing to emphasize the need for truth and others the need for love. According to Paul, truth-telling and genuine love for those with whom we are speaking are crucial for growing up in every way... Read more

Will Babies Be in Heaven? (Part 3): The Age of Accountability | Pastor Mark Driscoll

20 May Will Babies Be in Heaven? (Part 3): The Age of Accountability Posted at 03:00h in Daily Devotions by Mark Driscoll The loss of a child is devastating, whether that childs life ends in the womb of its mother through miscarriage or abortion, or sometime after birth. With so many lives ending young, the... Read more

Persuasion 195 | Trying Forward in a Viral Age – Christ and Pop Tradition

[ad_1] Have been a people who likes to handle each situation and have backup plans for each contingency. So what occurs when the entire world screeches to a close to halt and all the info weve used for choice making is now not legitimate? Nicely, for many of us, this has produced a not so... Read more

Persuasion 194 | Discovering Goodness in a Viral Age – Christ and Pop Tradition

[ad_1] Loss and grief are central to the COVID-19 pandemic. Weve misplaced family members, jobs, freedoms, and safety. Some have misplaced their marriage ceremony dates or holidays. Some have misplaced sleep or a way of goal. Discouragement is frequent as all of us scramble to seek out which means within the midst of a disaster.... Read more

Persuasion 193 | Releasing Management in a Viral Age – Christ and Pop Tradition

[ad_1] COVID-19 has taken away a lot from us, together with our sense of management. Our plans have been cancelled, and our actions are restricted. We will not go the place we wish after we need with whomever we select. Lack of management might make us offended or fearful or pissed off (or all of... Read more