Author Archives: Ben Edwards

The Battle with Death

The Bible states that we have an enemy that plagues everyone—death. Though we may avoid this enemy for a time, we cannot escape it. Death is certain. No one can avoid death. And Death is cruel. At its heart, death … Continue reading

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Is Allah a God of Love?

It is common today to hear people talk about a God of love, often connected with the idea that all religions teach about a God of love. In a recent panel Q&A, I was asked “Can we call Allah a … Continue reading

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How Do Modern Muslims Interpret the Qur’an?

Islam is the second largest religion in the world, with approximately 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide. There are over 2.7 million Muslims in the United States. The percentage of Muslims in the U.S. population is projected to rise from 0.8% in … Continue reading

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“God, if You…then I’ll…”: Why You Can’t Barter with God

We’ve all heard it, and most of us have either thought it or even prayed it. “God, if You [do this thing I currently want], then I’ll [do something I probably should do but haven’t].” We find ourselves in a … Continue reading

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What to Do After Graduation? Why Not Go Back to Your Home Church

Many college and seminary students are either preparing for another semester of school to start or have already begun working on classes. For some, this will be their final semester before graduation. Though some may have already determined the next … Continue reading

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Why I Won’t Tell My Son That Santa Is Real

My wife and I are looking forward to enjoying our first Christmas as parents, even if our son is currently more interested in putting wrapping paper in his mouth than in any other part of Christmas. It’s still fun to … Continue reading

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Becoming What You Are Against

Most likely you’re familiar with the idea of cults, but you may be less familiar with the anti-cult movement. Though you may not realize it, your understanding of cults is likely influenced by the anti-cult movement. For as long as … Continue reading

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Keeping the Church Distinct from the World through Regenerate Church Membership

The problem of worldliness is an ever present issue for the church. While it is important to warn individual believers against worldliness, it is also vital for local churches to avoid this danger. Why do local churches so often blend … Continue reading

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Should Believers Be Different from Unbelievers?

As often happens with discussions of worldliness among Christians, Pearson’s post yesterday sparked a bit of disagreement (much of which confirmed the first paragraph of the post). As Pearson noted beforehand, the debate typically includes what it means to love the world. … Continue reading

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Why Are You In School?

Though summer is not officially over until September 22, the summer break has ended for schools and students are back in classes. Some are beginning their first year of college or seminary, excited for the journey ahead and overwhelmed by … Continue reading

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Laugh and the World Laughs with You; Weep…then Hope

The opening lines of the poem “Solitude” are well known: Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone. Though written over one hundred years ago, the sentiment still applies today. People in our culture love to … Continue reading

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Why Atheists Need to Feel Like the Smartest People in the Room

If you interact with those among the New Atheism crowd, whether personally or through writing, it won’t take you long to pick up on their intellectual arrogance.  Phrases like “I like to use my mind” or “I don’t need the … Continue reading

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