Category Archives: Character

A deeper look at the human need for change

Politics, culture and the role of law are agents of change that seem essential to our existence. These means offer limited solutions to some of our problems and offer the potential to promote human flourishing. But we have a deeper need that cannot be addressed through these agents of change.
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How should we respond?

Political action is necessary but…. Continue reading

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The Death of Character

More than a decade ago, James Davison Hunter, (University of Virginia) wrote: “The Death of Character: Moral Education in an Age Without Good or Evil.” Hunter’s observations remain sobering for us today. He described the daunting task we face as … Continue reading

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The word of God is alive and active

Five key passages describing the role of Scripture in spiritual transformation. Continue reading

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The heart of the problem

Christians recognize a need for ontological transformation (regeneration) and openly confess that we cannot produce it in ourselves or in others. Continue reading

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Humble, loving, truth-telling Christians in community

As we live our calling to be humble, loving, truth-telling Christians in community – in mutual affection and honor for one another, the case is made for the power of the gospel to transform people. Continue reading

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Grouchy people sharing a gospel of grace?

Rebellion against God (described vividly in Romans 1:21-28) grows in the soil of an ungrateful heart.  “For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him” (Romans 1:21).  “….rebellion against God does not begin … Continue reading

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