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14 Things Your Parents Wouldn't Let You Do in the '90s

Ah, the 1990s. A simpler time when jeans were stonewashed, perms were cool and getting on the Internet required the patience of a Shaolin monk. But along with this boom in technology and entertainment came some new challenges for our parents: Putting up healthy boundaries for us in uncharted territory. Unfortunately, some of those boundaries turned a little odd thanks to pastors who were convinced most cartoons were now tools to make us sass our parents and probably commit arson. Here are 14 things your Christian parents definitely wouldn’t let you do in the ’90s: ###1. Miss Church You weren’t allowed to miss church under any circumstances. If you had to study for a test the next day, then you just had to pray that Jesus would help you remember the answers, because you were still going to church. And if there was a camp meeting or a revival, then you couldn’t make any plans between the hours of 5 p.m. and midnight for a week because you’d be getting there early to pray over the pews and you’d be staying late because that one guy wasn’t leaving until he had prayed for every single person in the building. Oh, and this was before cool things like children’s church with VeggieTales. You had to sit in main service, or maybe you got some flannelgraphs. That’s it. ###2. Listen to Rock and Roll If you listened to rock and roll music, or even MC Hammer, you might just go to hell. The only way to remedy this would be to take all of your music to a Jesus bonfire, where you’d toss all of your Collective Soul and Sublime CDs into the fire. Either you or the music were going to burn, so the choice was obvious. Clearly, this would never work now—because what are you going to do? Toss a Spotify playlist into a fire? ###3. Watch ‘The Smurfs’ The Smurfs were little blue demons, and Papa Smurf was evil because he had a beard, or something. Plus, Smurfette was the only female Smurf, so if they were making baby Smurfs, that meant she was having relations out of wedlock. At least that’s what I was told, so we weren’t allowed to watch the show, because they might be demons and Smurfette was possibly a lady of the night. ###4. Get That Fresh Haircut You couldn’t get an unconventional or extreme haircut because that would be drawing attention to yourself and away from the Lord. However, your parents would still make you watch TBN for at least an hour when you stayed home from school—and it was ironic, because the host lady on there always looked like Rainbow Brite going to prom. It was a very confusing time indeed. ###5. Listen to Comedy Listening to comedy was out of the question because comedians were either racy or rude. Even Sinbad was iffy, and the most offensive thing he’s ever done was Jingle All The Way. That meant you were limited to Mark Lowry and his hymn parodies, which were thrilling for a teenager to experience. Plus, he usually toured with the Gaither Vocal Band, so that meant you had to endure a Southern gospel quartet in order to get any sort of comedic relief whatsoever. Sinbad was looking better by the minute. ###6. Go to Parties There was no way in the world you were going to a party. Parties were where teens would play kissing games and summon the dark lord with an Ouija Board. However, you could always attend the Christian version of a party—known as “fellowships.” The only time that word has ever been used is at church functions and The Lord of the Rings. ###7. Listen to Rap The only rap music you were allowed to listen to was the melodic jams of Carman. While your friends were getting down with OPP, you were getting A2J. The only riots you knew about were the Righteous Invasions Of Truth. And you were completely prepared to match wits with any male witch who wanted to debate theology thanks to a riveting and unnecessarily creepy video called “A Witch’s Invitation.” ###8. Participate in Halloween ... Trick-or-treating? Nice try, Anton LaVey! You’re not celebrating Satan’s night on October 31. Instead you’re going to throw on a bathrobe, pick out a random name from the Old Testament and head down to the local church for a thrilling adventure known as a Hallelujah Party. The only fun part was seeing the one kid who found a loophole in the biblical costume criteria and came in KISS makeup so he could be Satan. ###9. ... ESPECIALLY Haunted Houses Haunted houses were completely out of the question. Instead, you got to attend a completely horrifying experience called Heaven’s Gates and Hell’s Flames. Instead of ghosts and goblins simply jumping out and startling you, local teens dressed as demons would walk around a dark church growling at you and then tossing people into hell. It’s still probably the scariest thing I’ve ever experienced—and I once got lost in Jacksonville, Florida. ###10. Watch R-Rated Movies Watching an R-rated movie was a great way to purchase a one-way ticket on the Highway to Hell. R stood for “Really full of demons” for years until finally, Mel Gibson made the most graphic and gory movie about Jesus of all time, and suddenly it was completely fine. That movie was more graphic than if Saw 1-6 had a movie baby with Scarface, but the R-rated veil was lifted and, just this once, we were allowed to see it. Sadly, that was years after the ’90s ended, so by that point, we were old enough to see whatever we wanted anyway. ###11. Watch ‘The Simpsons’ George H.W. Bush ruined The Simpsons for us when he declared that the American family should get back to looking like the Waltons instead of the Simpsons. Didn’t the Waltons have 600 kids that all wore overalls? Let’s just be thankful our parents didn’t take that literally and make us two-strap our overalls like a bunch of dweebs. Thanks to Will Smith and TLC, you could buckle one strap and those boring overalls became instantly fly. ###12. Take Communion Cups Out of Order This may not have been a thing that you did, but I would always get yelled at for taking the center cup from the communion tray. Sure, I could’ve just taken the next one in line, but that’s boring and predictable. The least you can let me do is be the bad boy of communion trays for one Sunday night service, mom. ###13. Listen to Cassette Tapes Even if that cassette tape you wanted to buy had no cursing in it whatsoever, it was off limits because some televangelist claimed that if you played it backward, there was a hidden message in it about Satan being cool. You can’t be listening to that and getting convinced that Satan is a cool guy. He is not. ###14. Watch Trendy Cartoons Pretty much any cartoon that had some bizarre twist to it was forbidden. Ren and Stimpy were too rude. He-Man was fighting a skeleton, so Skeletor must have been the devil. Captain Planet was a liberal. Basically, if it wasn’t Gerbert or Psalty the Singing Songbook, you were going to end up having a conversation about their motives or their behavior. I’m just thankful my parents never watched pro wrestling with me, because as soon as Papa Shango started doing his voodoo on the Ultimate Warrior, it would have been gone forever.

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What should we think about Kim Davis?

There is little social utility in jailing a woman who poses no immediate threat to anyone; those who celebrated Mrs Davis’s incarceration should be ashamed. But there is no great merit to be found in imprisonment when honourable alternatives are available. So Mrs Davis’s actions bring the Christian and the secular world to a crossroads. Each side can continue to use democracy as an instrument to impose its moral vision on others; or they can use this opportunity to seek compromises. It is not beyond the wit of legislators to defuse the conflicts between the secular and the religious conscience. We need only ask if both sides have the will to find solutions.

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My old boss Chuck Colson, who founded Prison Fellowship and BreakPoint, greatly admired Mother Teresa. In fact, he corresponded with her and kept a plaque on his desk with one of her sayings: “Faithfulness, not success.” When President Ronald Reagan was asked what he told Mother Teresa at the White House in 1986, he said he had listened instead; New York mayor Ed Koch said it was impossible to say no to her when she wanted something. Mother Teresa never thought she was too important to scrub toilets at the motherhouse in India; and she so disliked spending money on plane tickets that she wrote to one airline offering to work as a flight attendant in exchange for being allowed to fly free.

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I have begun this series with this three-part introduction, trying to bring attention to the matter of Truth and the authenticity of our allegiance to it as Christian parents. My concern is that Christians nowadays do not prize Truth for what it is—an attribute of God—but rather treat it as something they can use a bit of when they think it needful. Francis Schaeffer used to say that the Church should live out what he termed “true truth” before the world. But the Church has forgotten the importance of Truth, and its role as the witness to the Truth in this dark and deceitful age. Truth must come first. Our preferences are not that important.

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“New passions, new affections, produce new conduct. And if you try to turn it around, you don’t have Christianity any more. I am a Christian Hedonist for theological reasons. I am after people’s affections; their hearts, their emotions, their feelings — because all of our behaviors come from this.”

How Social Media Is Ruining Politics

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The Fine Tuning of the Universe

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Tullian Tchividjian Files for Divorce

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Why Evangelical Films Fail

Evangelicalism is a word religion. I'm a big fan of words, but even talking pictures aren't fundamentally about words. It's no accident that the hall of fame for directors has a large share of Catholics (Fellini, Hitchcock, Scorsese), Orthodox (Tarkovsky, Eisenstein), and sacramental Protestants (Bergman, Malick). This can't be the whole story, of course, since aniconic Judaism has produced some of the world's great filmmakers. But there's something to it: Evangelical films over-explain, over-talk. They don't trust the images to do the work. 

Can a Loving God Send People to Hell? The Craig-Bradley Debate | Reasonable Faith

Don Reddick: Thank you, Dr. Craig. I certainly enjoyed what I've heard so far. I think it would be appropriate to give a round of applause to both these men for their efforts. [applause] We'll begin our question and answer period now. So let's start out with a question addressed to Dr. Bradley. Question: I symbolize the eternal anti-Christian. Craig's Christ is sort of oxymoronic, bleeding-heart Jack the Ripper. Where Craig would burn me, Bradley would give me prozac and a polo mallet. You both have to choose, people have to choose, anti-Christ or Christ. Don Reddick: Sir, your question is . . . Do you choose to respond, Dr. Bradley? Dr. Bradley: If by anti-Christ, you mean the anti-Christ who is portrayed in the book of Revelation, then no, I'm not asking you to choose between Christ and anti-Christ. I am asking you to choose between belief in Christ and non-belief in Christ and all that stuff. For myself, as I said, I've found that, despite having been brought up with the intent of becoming a minister, missionary, or following in the footsteps of my maternal grandfather in those evangelical capacities, I could no longer bring myself to believe in that sort of God.

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Trump rips into Hugh Hewitt after terror gaffe

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Yes, God Is Calling You to Be a Missionary

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How God Gives Assurance

Assurance grows by repeated conflict, by our repeated experimental proof of the Lord’s power and goodness to save; when we have been brought very low and helped, sorely wounded and healed, cast down and raised again, have given up all hope, and been suddenly snatched from danger, and placed in safety; and when these things have been repeated to us and in us a thousand times over, we begin to learn to trust simply to the word and power of God, beyond and against appearances: and this trust, when habitual and strong, bears the name of assurance; for even assurance has degrees. ( Newton on the Christian Life , 220)

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Doctrine of the Last Things Part 6: Purpose & Timing of the Second Coming | William Lane Craig

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“Wilson opens the twentieth-century vault to reveal a collection of authors who lived during our memory, or our grandparents’, and are worthy companions on the shelf with Lewis and Tolkien. Refreshingly broad, Wilson connects you personally with nine authors and critiques them with the penetrating Christian perspective present in all of Wilson’s works. This is a must-read for those who, like me, appreciate a few contemporary stepping-stones between Lewis and the great books of antiquity.” David Goodwin , President, Association of Classical Christian Schools

Why Drivers in China Intentionally Kill the Pedestrians They Hit

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(Almost) The Whole Continuous Story of the Old Testament in Just 11 Books

Judges continues THE STORY by overlapping with the end of the book of Joshua with its focus on the details of Joshua’s death. Since the land has already been settled, this book provides a glimpse of the early years in the land when Israel was led by judges. This period marked by the rule of the judges is summarized by utilizing a similar cycle evidenced by each generation. The cycle is simple, yet disturbing. Each generation is characterized by eventual rebellion, followed by God’s judgment, their crying out to the Lord, the Lord raising up of a deliverer, the actual deliverance, and a subsequent return to obedience for a period of time until the cycle repeats itself. Consequently, many generations are covered as the author seeks to make it clear what this time period was like for Israel. When they are disobedient, there are consequences, but, when they walk in faithfulness, the Lord in his mercy restores them to a place of blessing.

Should Adulterous Pastors Be Restored?

While each situation must be handled with pastoral wisdom, and some fallen pastors indeed might someday be restored to leadership, we believe this increasingly common scenario is both biblically incorrect and profoundly harmful to the well-being of the fallen pastor, his marriage, and the church of Jesus Christ. Our Lord Jesus was tempted in all points just as we are, yet it was his testing, not any failure, that made him strong. If we do not think clearly, we may be subtly encouraging people to grievous sin so they might experience more grace and thus minister more effectively. Incredibly, in the present context, some are saying things that imply just this notion.

Speak to Persuade, Not Only to Rally

In this  new roundtable video , The Gospel Coalition editorial director Collin Hansen sits down with two leaders who excel at engaging those who don’t already agree with them—Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and Tim Keller, senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. Together they consider speaking the truth with courage and compassion, how to keep from pandering to one camp and clobbering the other, discerning blind spots, the art of persuasion, and more.

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Clerk Kim Davis Jailed for Refusing to Compromise Her Faith

In light of Beshear’s unwillingness to accommodate Davis’ faith, U.S. District Judge David Bunning has chosen not to fine Davis or request that Gov. Beshear call on the state legislature to impeach her or that Rowan County voters organize a recall referendum on her election. Rather, Bunning has chosen to throw Davis into jail.

Prominent Evangelist Slams ‘Disastrous’ Gay Marriage Ruling in Wake of Kentucky Clerk’s Arrest: ‘This Ripple Effect Is Exactly What We Feared’

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Live from Burning Man: What Can We Learn about God’s Mission in the Nevada Desert

It actually started out very personally for me. I went my first year (2010) because my oldest son invited me. He had connected to Burning Man and believed it would influence me and bring he and I together. We have not always seen eye to eye, though I respect him deeply. That first year I took a ministry team. Oh the stories I could tell of praying for Burners. Like the young woman at the Science of Churchology camp (much of Burning Man is broken up into different theme camps). I sensed this woman had a broken heart and asked if I could pray for her. It turned out her boyfriend had broken up with her the night before. I prayed for the presence and power of God to heal her heart and fill her and use her in the lives of others. At the end of the prayer time, she wept and expressed that she had come 1000 miles to hear that word from God. I told her about Jesus’ love for her and she responded over the next several days, becoming open to Jesus for the first time in her life.

WORLD | First same-sex couple receives marriage license in Rowan County, Ky. | Lynde Langdon | Sept. 4, 2015

UPDATE:  A deputy clerk in Rowan County, Ky., issued the county’s first marriage license to a same-sex couple this morning as county clerk Kim Davis remained in jail. A crowd of supporters cheered as William Smith Jr. and James Yates left the courthouse this morning.

Bavinck on the Christian Life: Following Jesus in Faithful Service

If the aim of Bavinck on the Christian Life  was simply to expound Bavinck’s views, it’s a resounding success. But Bolt isn’t a mere historical theologian; he’s a contemporary systematician, so he has an eye to apply Bavinck’s insights to current issues. In one sense, this is the easiest part of his job. After all, the confounding social issues of the early 20th century are no less confounding in the early 21st. Wealth inequality? Gender distinctions? Social justice? They’re all here, and more. On a few occasions Bolt moves well beyond direct applications of Bavinck, and he can be provocative: just see his warnings about the recent emphasis on “radical” discipleship (43–47) and his surprisingly stark “cease and desist” order for those who speak of ministry as “incarnational” (79–81). Hobby horses derail many less skillful and less mature writers, but Bolt keeps this sort of thing short, infrequent, and constructive.

Explainer: The Kentucky Clerk Marriage License Controversy | Acton PowerBlog

I never imagined a day like this would come, where I would be asked to violate a central teaching of Scripture and of Jesus Himself regarding marriage. To issue a marriage license which conflicts with God’s definition of marriage, with my name affixed to the certificate, would violate my conscience. It is not a light issue for me. It is a Heaven or Hell decision. For me it is a decision of obedience. I have no animosity toward anyone and harbor no ill will. To me this has never been a gay or lesbian issue. It is about marriage and God’s Word. It is a matter of religious liberty, which is protected under the First Amendment, the Kentucky Constitution, and in the Kentucky Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Our history is filled with accommodations for people’s religious freedom and conscience. I want to continue to perform my duties, but I also am requesting what our Founders envisioned – that conscience and religious freedom would be protected. That is all I am asking. I never sought to be in this position, and I would much rather not have been placed in this position. I have received death threats from people who do not know me.

Ashley Madison Exposes More Than Just Names

While many millions of men make those careful choices every day, others grow weary of the struggle. They give in. They secretly look at what is always just a click away. Many, especially in the church, know it is wrong and are ashamed. The hard truth is that porn reels in men who would have never set out to devastate their wives and families. Pornographic images are like a gateway drug to videos, chat rooms, and, for some, Ashley Madison. Men can find themselves in the grip of addiction. And since Christian men usually are ashamed of and hide the first step into temptation, the rest of the progression also stays hidden – and the men stay trapped.


The situation in Kentucky reminds all of us that America is extremely divided on issues that show no signs of weakening. This zero-sum culture war cannot continue if the social fabric of America is to have any chance of unifying around a robust pluralism. What’s next is unknown, but Christians must exercise due diligence when thinking through the complex webs of navigating religious liberty with the Romans 13 obligation to see law and order followed—even laws we consider contrary to the common good and human flourishing. If Mrs. Davis’ plight reminds us of anything, it is that Christians—like all Americans—must utilize every measure available to them in the democratic process to enact laws that are just, moral, and peaceable.

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3 Wise Safeguards in the Wake of Ashley Madison

It’s almost certain none of the church leaders caught in infidelity became cheaters overnight. It was a gradual process. It has been said sin takes you farther than you want to go and makes you stay longer than you want to stay. As the apostle Paul says, “For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life”  (Gal. 6:8). When we live according to the desires of the flesh rather than the Spirit, we suffer the consequences.

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Renewing Your Mind | Questions and Answers | September 4, 2015

In an attempt to escape what they call the contradiction between a good God and a world of evil, atheists try to dance around the reality of a moral law (and hence, a moral lawgiver) by introducing terms like “evolutionary ethics.” The one who raises the question against God in effect plays God while denying He exists. Now, one may wonder: Why do you actually need a moral lawgiver if you have a moral law? The answer is because the questioner and the issue he or she questions always involve the essential value of a person. You can never talk of morality in abstraction. Persons are implicit to the question and the object of the question. In a nutshell, positing a moral law without a moral lawgiver would be equivalent to raising the question of evil without a questioner. So you cannot have a moral law unless the moral law itself is intrinsically woven into personhood. This means that an intrinsically worthy person must exist if the moral law itself is to be valued. And that person can only be God.

Why Don’t Churches Ever Talk About Physical Health?

This is such an important issue! Thank you for bringing this up! My church actually started a fitness group last year after our pastors invited a certified doctor to come and speak at our church. It has made such a difference! People in my church, who formally dealt with many health issues (from back pain to failing organs), have radically changed the way we view health & fitness. Whole families are changing their diets, getting active, and generally just feeling better. I'm telling you - joy and peace are absolutely connected to taking care of our physical bodies. I don't sell anything... I'm just a huge advocate for health because I've seen what it has done in my friends' and family's lives. It's about way more than losing weight. It's about living an abundant life. The more we educate ourselves about our physical bodies and adopt a healthy lifestyle, the more effective our testimony will be in spreading the gospel. Health is His will--it should be ours, too!

My Small Group Looks Like Me

Some church leaders believe homogenous small groups actually attract diversity. At New Life, ethnic fellowships function as a “great entry point into a multiethnic church,” said small group pastor Phil Varghese, the son of Indian immigrants.

Should Adulterous Pastors Be Restored?

While each situation must be handled with pastoral wisdom, and some fallen pastors indeed might someday be restored to leadership, we believe this increasingly common scenario is both biblically incorrect and profoundly harmful to the well-being of the fallen pastor, his marriage, and the church of Jesus Christ. Our Lord Jesus was tempted in all points just as we are, yet it was his testing, not any failure, that made him strong. If we do not think clearly, we may be subtly encouraging people to grievous sin so they might experience more grace and thus minister more effectively. Incredibly, in the present context, some are saying things that imply just this notion.

50 My Goal in Every Conversation with Mormons |

If the goal of every conversation is conversion, you’ll find yourself frustrated and ready to move on. So don’t try to “close the deal” in every conversation. Instead, here’s a more realistic goal: put a stone in their shoe. What’s your reaction when you get a stone in your shoe? It bothers you. You can’t stop thinking about it until you take the shoe off and deal with the annoyance. The ultimate goal is to see our LDS friends come to Christ, but the goal of any individual conversation is to put a stone in their shoe. Give them one good thing to think about. And this approach isn't just for Mormons, rather it's a good general strategy with any unbeliever you talk with.

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