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(Yesterday on the blog: Confronting the Problem of Spiritual Abuse in the Church)

3 Steps Christian Institutions Take from Orthodoxy to Sexual Immorality

Joe Carter does some interesting analysis here. “It might be presumptuous to imply the path from orthodoxy to heterodoxy is the same for all institutions. Yet there does seem to be a recurring pattern that includes three steps.”

A Spiritual MRI of the Heart

It would take a long time to work all the way through this spiritual MRI, but it is likely to be prove valuable to you.

Christian Maturity and Secular Infancy

“Christianity entails many divine ironies—the dead man lives; the humble woman is exalted; the servant is the King; finding life is losing it; salvation is not by works; the Son of God became man so that men might become sons of God. Another irony less noticed by many Christians is this—increased Christian maturity always brings more child-like dependence.”

Derek Thomas explains the origin and purpose of a benediction at the close of a worship service.

Do Unbelievers Get a Second Chance After Death?

Do unbelievers get a second chance after death? There’s a passage in 1 Peter that could imply this. John Piper tells here why that’s not the best reading.

The Refuge of Repentance

Cindy explains why repentance is a kind of refuge.

Flashback: A Reflection of Christ

In my leadership am I providing an accurate picture of Christ? Or do the ones I lead see an image of Christ that is warped and distorted? Do they see me looking out for their well-being as Christ looked out for the well-being of those he loved? Or do they see selfishness instead?