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3 Myths That Shrink Faith and Drive Students From the Church

Dr. Jeff Myers

LifeWay did a study years ago showing that 70 percent of 23- to 30-year-olds drop out of church, and only about 35 percent return later to attend regularly. Sometimes we call this a problem with discipleship, evangelism, or faith formation, but we rarely call it what I think it is: the consequence of bad ideas.

I believe there are three faith-shrinking myths driving this generation out of the church, and we must prepare ourselves to recognize them and respond. 

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3 Questions Christians Should Ask About Civil Disobedience

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

As a Christian in America, it’s easy to feel like an outsider. In a growingly-hostile environment, it’s not hard to see why Christians gravitate to tales of defiance and civil disobedience. But civil disobedience is a serious step, not to be taken lightly. Here are the three questions to consider when evaluating civil disobedience. 

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Lives Worth Living

Lives Worth Living

Stories like Linda and Timothy Bannon who were born without arms, Paul Smith who had cerebral palsy and still produced stunning pieces of art, and Joni Eareckson Tada who spend 47 years in a wheelchair reflect one of the clearest truths in all of Scripture: Human beings are created in God’s image, and as such carry equal, inherent value. All life is worth living, for as long as God sustains it.
 

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Dawkins, Down Syndrome, and Dignity

Dawkins, Down Syndrome, and Dignity

Richard Dawkins might be the world’s most outspoken evangelist for atheism. Lately, this Oxford biologist and high priest of doubt seems to only open his mouth to change feet. Dawkins has trained his attention on reproductive ethics. Responding to a woman on Twitter who said she’d have trouble deciding whether to abort a baby diagnosed in utero with Down syndrome, Dawkins told her she would be wrong to let the child live.
 

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Should Christians Support the Death Penalty?

Should Christians Support the Death Penalty?

Clayton Lockett, who was sentenced to death after being charged with first-degree murder, rape, kidnapping, and robbery, writhed in pain and convulsed on his gurney for 40 minutes before dying of a heart attack. State officials are blaming an untested three-drug cocktail for an execution that many media voices are calling cruel and unusual – in violation of the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. 

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What Kind of Behavior Leads to a Lifetime Ban From the NBA?

What Kind of Behavior Leads to a Lifetime Ban From the NBA?

If you would like to see a contemporary example of a bad tree bearing bad fruit, then look no further than the man whom the National Basketball Association just banned for life, Donald Sterling, the 80-year-old billionaire who has owned the Los Angeles Clippers since 1981. Although the recently leaked audio file, in which Sterling makes racist comments, sparked outrage, the recording’s contents are merely the latest in a series of revelations that exhibit the kind of man Sterling is.  

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What Can the South Korea Ferry Tragedy Teach Us About Leadership?

What Can the South Korea Ferry Tragedy Teach Us About Leadership?

The South Korean public has a nickname for Captain Lee Jun-seok: “The evil of Sewol.” Sewol is the name of the ferry that sunk last Wednesday, resulting in the death of over 100 people. Nearly 200 people are still missing. For the two and a half hours in which the Sewol was sinking, only 179 of 475 passengers were saved. During that time, the captain abandoned his ship and his passengers. 

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Three Things We Can Learn From the Life and Death of Philip Seymour Hoffman

Three Things We Can Learn From the Life and Death of Philip Seymour Hoffman

At age 46, Philip Seymour Hoffman, the greatest actor of his generation, was found dead with a syringe in his arm, surrounded by bags of heroin. Having battled addiction before, Hoffman was sober for 23 years before relapsing in 2013. Some experts claim that addiction is not a rational choice, and thus not a moral issue. Are they right?  

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