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Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013

Column: David Kowalski, Legalism and Antinomianism, Practical Christian Living:
The key to understanding Romans 8:1 is understanding what Paul meant, not what our friends mean. »

Column: David Kowalski, Grace, Legalism and Antinomianism, Practical Christian Living:
We need not fear that Christian admonition will make saved people sin all the more. »

Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013

Column: David Kowalski, Social Issues:
The issue of economic justice is hotly debated in the church.

While Scripture does not provide us with an economic system that all cultures of all times are required to implement, it does reveal many principles that will help us identify a just economic system, as well as just economic behavior by individuals. »

Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013

Apologetics, Column: David Kowalski:
Why do we consider one thing more beautiful than another, and how can it be that, allowing for some differences in taste, we have a commonly shared sense of beauty? Secularists struggle with this mystery but Scripture reveals the answer. »

Monday, Jan. 14, 2013

Iglesia ni Cristo:
Theologically Iglesia ni Cristo is a cult of Christianity because it denies essential doctrines of the Christian faith.

Sociologically the movement has cult-like elements as well.

We provide research resources for those who are confronted by this fast-growing religious movement. »

Bible, Column: David Kowalski:
Some interpreters have been confused by the various, biblical uses of "repent" with regard to God. Does God repent and if so of what? What do we make of passages that say God cannot repent? The passages considered in their contexts and subsequently compared harmonize to clearly present important, biblical truth. »

Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013

Column: David Kowalski, Homosexuality, Homosexuality - Lesbianism - Bisexuality and Transgenderism:
The Louie Giglio affair seems to represent a kind of watershed moment for North American culture. Secular culture no longer seems content with Christians tolerating behaviors; it now seems we must think the right thoughts about them and lend our approval. How should Christians respond? »

Column: David Kowalski, Neo-orthodoxy:
Karl Barth rescued theology from classic liberalism but at what price? His theology is once again gaining major attention, although this time the early, Evangelical critiques have been largely dismissed from any discussion of Barth as caricatures of Barth's intent.

Are the early critiques flawed, or should we learn from them to take a more cautious look at the work of this theological giant? »

Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012

Religious Freedom:
The concepts of religious freedom and tolerance - allowing individuals to believe in, practice, and promote their religion of choice without repercussions - are legitimate and worthwhile.

They also play a role in interfaith activities and interreligious dialogue.

At the same time these worthwhile concepts are sometimes misused by abusive churches and other cults in attempts to stifle legitimate concerns, criticism, and/or legal action. »

Monday, Dec. 3, 2012

Column: David Kowalski:
There is nothing more refreshing than to encounter genuine integrity, and this is what David Kowalski finds in Ralph Woodrow, the Christian author of a big selling book that he took out of print for reasons of conscience -- who then wrote another book refuting this first one. »

Monday, Nov. 12, 2012

Narconon:
Narconon is a residential program aimed at treating substance abusers. The problem? Its approach is based on the medical views of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, considered by most to amount to nothing but quackery. TIME magazine has referred to Narconon as "a classic vehicle for drawing addicts into the cult." »

Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012

Diploma Mills:
Phony doctorates are a moral scandal in the church today, says David Kowalski, pointing out that many ministers are deliberately misrepresenting their academic qualifications with fake degrees. »

Monday, Oct. 8, 2012

Resources for Pastors:
What does it mean to offer pastoral care in both the manner in which Jesus wished it to be undertaken and in terms of the content of the care that is offered to Christ's flock?

Keith William Marshall addresses this question in his dissertation, written in response to a perceived breakdown in pastoral care »

Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012

Column: David Kowalski:
An old, marginal, view of law and gospel is being popularized today, but it is easily refuted. This view is best referred to by its old name -- antinomianism (a term coined by Martin Luther, meaning "against law") because such people say God's moral law has been negated through the cross.

David Kowalksi addresses the issue. »

Monday, Oct. 1, 2012

E. Bernard and Manasseh Jordan:
E. Bernard and Manasseh Jordan are enemies of the gospel. Their talk of prosperity, power, and prophecy ultimately points us to the Jordans themselves and to a mystical power within us. These sheep-fleecers preach and teach dark, cultic doctrines in the house of God. And, writes David Kowalski, they would likely not have gained entry in that house without the help of their good friend, Benny Hinn.

A wake-up call for Christians who fall for anything that promises to make them healthy, rich, and happy. »



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