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Sin and Transforming Grace in Openness Unhindered

Rosaria Butterfield's Openness Unhindered is a book about the astonishing and life-upending nature of the Gospel.

Blog Post | Ethics | Melinda Penner | January 26, 2017

Don't Stop Speaking the Truth in Love

There’s going to be more pressure on Christians as time goes on not to speak the truth that offends, but it’s our obligation to be faithful and to not be angry.

Blog Post | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | October 27, 2016

Talk to Alan This Tuesday

Alan Shlemon is hosting the podcast live this week, Tuesday 4-6 p.m. PT.   Ask your question. Share a piece of your mind. Call with your question or comment at (855) 243-9975, outside the U.S. (562) 424-8229. The broadcast is live Tuesday 4-6 p.m. P.T. – commentary and your calls. He'll also talk to Abdu Murray about witnessing to Muslims.   Listen live online. 

Blog Post | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | August 8, 2016

Romans Prescribes the Gospel, Not Execution

The New York Times claims that Romans 1 calls for the execution of gays. A Republican congressman read the passage at a committee hearing. I don’t know the congressman’s purpose, but it couldn’t be to call for the execution of gays because the passage doesn’t say that. And 2,000 years of Christian teaching has never taught that it does.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | June 17, 2016

We Should Respond as Jesus Taught Us To

Pat Robertson made remarks that have people up in arms.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | June 15, 2016

First They Change the Definition, and Then They Claim the Right

The other day, I retweeted Brian Seagraves’ tweet: “The transgender community wants a right no one has had: the right to use a bathroom that doesn’t match your sex.” Someone replied that transgender people are just looking for the same right that everyone has already had – to use a bathroom that matches their gender identity.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | June 11, 2016

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

Why We Need to Go Back to Basics and Make a Case for Our Worldview

I wrote a brief post a couple of weeks ago making the point that ambassadors are sent to foreign countries. It’s increasingly clear that where we sit in our own country, where we have grown up and lived, is becoming foreign territory. We haven’t moved, but the territory around us is foreign. But that’s exactly where ambassadors belong. God is giving us a clearer mission field without moving us.

Blog Post | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | June 3, 2016

We're Meant to Represent our King in This Foreign Land

The Bible says that Christians are ambassadors for Christ. At STR, we’ve highlighted three skills an ambassador needs to develop to be effective representing our King: knowledge, wisdom, and character.

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