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Blog Post | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | April 21, 2015

Van Leeuwenhoek – Father of Microbiology

Antony van Leeuwenhoek was a Dutch Calvinist born in the 17th century who became the father of microbiology. He was a draper by trade and owned his own business in Delft, Holland. He didn’t have any scientific training, but he was in awe of God’s creation and wanted to study it to understand it better. He felt this was loving God with his mind.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | April 16, 2015

What Jesus Said about Homosexuality

Did Jesus say anything about homosexuality? That’s the challenge offered to Christians who cite the Bible as the basis for their convictions about same-sex marriage. My answer: Jesus said something in Leviticus 18:22-23, 20:13, Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9, and 1 Timothy 1:10.

Blog Post | Theology | Melinda Penner | April 7, 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

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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

Hannah More: Guided by Christian Convictions

Hannah More, born in the 18th century, became an author, social activist, and philanthropist because of her brilliant mind and Christian convictions. Her fiancé broke off their long engagement at a time when a breach of that sort of promise by a man was taken very seriously. He settled an annual annuity on her, and this gave her the freedom to pursue her interests in a way many women could not. She moved to London, wrote popular books, and moved in elite literary circles before she became a follower of Jesus.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | November 20, 2014

The Ex-Slave Abolitionist

Olaudah Equiano was born in an Igbo village in West Africa about 1745. He and his sister were captured and sold as slaves when he was 11 years old. Marc Baer, author of Mere Believers, argues “that because Equiano became a believer, the enslavement of Africans by Europeans came to an end.”

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | November 13, 2014

The Problem of Good

I read Martin Short’s autobiography this weekend. I’ve had the impression that Short is one of those celebrities who seems like a regular guy; he’s led a pretty normal life despite his celebrity. A family man, married for 30 years. I enjoyed reading the book.

Blog Post | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | November 12, 2014

A Countess Who Devoted Her Fortune to Christ

Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon, was a remarkable woman in her time. She was born in 1707 to aristocracy, suffered loss, family disputes, and bad health. She married the ninth earl of Huntingdon, descended from kings, and was part of royal social circles. Her early traditional life gave no indication of her extraordinary activities later in life.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | November 7, 2014

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