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The Gospel Is the Only Stable Source of Identity and Value

Whether you find your identity and value in living up to an objective, external standard or through having your subjective, personal standard affirmed, the Gospel offers a better way.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | November 24, 2017

False Beliefs Lead to Sexual Sin

Why is sexual sin often justified by Christians today? Because Christians have false beliefs shaped by society’s values rather than the Bible’s.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | November 22, 2017

The Solution for Shame

The solution for shame in today’s culture is to celebrate sin in an attempt to take away its sting. But there’s no real solution for sin apart from God’s grace.

Blog Post | Theology | Melinda Penner | October 12, 2017

Truth, Love, and the Nashville Statement

The Nashville Statement on the biblical vision of sex and sexuality was released last week, and many people have objected, calling it unloving.

Blog Post | Theology | Melinda Penner | September 5, 2017

Intrinsic Human Value Is the Same for All and Can Never Be Lost

Because we're created in God's image, nothing can negate our intrinsic value, not even sin. But lately, our culture has been saying otherwise.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | August 25, 2017

Racism Is Antithetical to Christianity

We Christians must commit every day to living in a way that honors Jesus, showing respect for every person and speaking clearly what the Bible teaches about human value and dignity.

Blog Post | Theology | Melinda Penner | August 18, 2017

“The Shack” Movie Review

We need to evaluate movies by more than just how they make us feel.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | March 9, 2017

To Give a Good Answer, Sometimes You Have to Change the Question

Sometimes we need to explain the bigger biblical picture in order to answer a person's specific question.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | February 23, 2017

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