By: John Pierce Some Christians view Jesus' sole purpose on earth as his death on the cross, but embracing this view allows them to ignore the hard stuff Jesus showed and said over three remarkable years about God's Kingdom.
By: John Pierce Many U.S. Christians measure their righteousness by a narrow list that reflects their political inclinations and personal piety, yet the Bible's overwhelming message of justice for the oppressed has been missed.
By: John Pierce Fundamentalists develop and affirm a narrow doctrinal definition of what it means to be Christian. Those who do not embrace that narrow definition are considered not only misinformed, but also lost for eternity.
By: John Pierce Christian fundamentalists have a record of landing on the wrong side of equal rights and social change. A Georgia Baptist editor has peddled a fear-based argument to limit Muslims' religious freedom.
By: John Pierce Honest students of the Bible are aware that they see through cultural lenses in pursuit of timeless truths. Being aware of cultural influences will allow you to distinguish between the divine and cultural assumptions.
By: John Pierce The United States is plagued with 'ceremonial Christianity,' which baptizes national allegiance and political ideologies in the language of faith. And Jesus' teaching is lost in the process.
One of the most important aspects of education is to teach young people to avoid deception. From infomercials to TV preachers to telemarketers to cleverly-crafted recruitment letters to young teens, deceptive practices abound.