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The Back of the Book

One of the tactics in Greg’s book is “the back of the book.” Some people like to jump to the end of the book to find out how it ends before reading the whole thing. Sometimes you know the end of the story so you notice things about the narrative that you wouldn’t otherwise. Knowing the ending gives you some insight.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | June 10, 2016

How We Should Treat Political Opponents

Mark Galli has a good editorial in the current Christianity Today issue. I disagree with a couple of points.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | June 4, 2016

Questions about Transgender Theories to Consider

On today’s podcast, Greg talks about an article discussing how people who object to radical changes in our society, like transgender bathrooms, are being bullied to abandon their reasonable sensibilities and objections.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | May 4, 2016

STR Cruise to Alaska in 2016

We’re headed to Alaska August 6-13, 2016. Come join Greg Koukl and Stand to Reason, along with J. Warner Wallace from Cold Case Christianity and John Stonestreet from The Chuck Colson Center, for an invigorating, revelatory adventure. You’ll study fascinating topics relevant to your faith and experience unique fellowship with kindred believers.

Blog Post | Miscellaneous | Melinda Penner | October 2, 2015

Supreme Court Ruling on Marriage

No doubt you’ve heard the ruling. I’ve been praying and thinking about how we as Christians and STR people move forward. We’ve got good arguments, and the issues may change over time that need to be responded to, but the people we are to be as Christians doesn’t change.  God isn’t surprised by this ruling, and by His sovereign will He’s allowed this to happen. And He’s put us here in this time for a purpose. 

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | June 26, 2015

No Comparison between SSM and Interracial Marriage

Jonathan Rauch, a defender of same-sex marriage, explains why the comparison to racist laws that banned interracial marriage are not parallels to objections to SSM. From his article "Opposing Same-sex Marriage Doesn't Make You a Crypto-Racist":

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | June 19, 2015

RFRA Is Not Jim Crow

In the controversy over the Indiana law, comparisons are again being made between same-sex marriage and interracial marriage: We’ve all realized that banning interracial marriage was bigotry and wrong; we should admit the same about same-sex marriage. One commentator drew the comparison on another line claiming that bigotry of interracial marriage was religiously motivated. The comparison is not an accurate one in any way.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | April 3, 2015

No Broadcast Today

Greg's mother-in-law passed away last night so he's taking the day with his family.     Trova was diagnosed with cancer late last year. "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His godly ones" (Ps. 116:15).  Trova Melberg 11/04/1918 - 3/23/2015 COMMENTS

Blog Post | Miscellaneous | Melinda Penner | March 24, 2015

Death with Dignity

I’m very sorry to hear that Brittany Maynard ended her life Saturday. My sincere condolences to her husband, family, and friends.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | November 6, 2014

Mercy in the Ancient World

Historian Rodney Stark writes in The Triumph of Christianity about the significant contrast Christian mercy and compassion was in comparison to pagan religions. Before this passage quoted here, Stark gives the details of the truly horrible conditions in the ancient world. It's worth reading to get a better picture of the terrible conditions Christian mercy intervened to change.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | October 9, 2014