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       Matt Friedeman ( is a professor at Wesley Biblical Seminary. Respond to this column at his blog at ""

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Latest columns by Matt Friedeman
» Zeus our problem
       For Christians, any other "god" -- or the tangible reality reflected in our lives -- is an idol worth rebuking. The Church, like much of the world, has been enticed by the temptations of eroticism, wine, music, beauty, and wealth. And somet... read more
    February 11, 2007
    Christian Living
» Are Pastors to Blame for the Divorce Epidemic?
       We have a divorce epidemic in America today. And I am wondering how much pastors are to blame. I am of the school that thinks we usually put way too little expectation on the Church and its pastors for societal woes. When it comes to the institution ... read more
    January 15, 2007
    Christian Living
» Why Much of Religious Programming Is Just Plain Awful
       For the first time, most American homes have more televisions than people. According to the latest data from Nielsen Media Research, the average U.S. household has 2.55 people and 2.73 TVs. Much of the programming, alas, is religious. Whenever I thin... read more
    December 8, 2006
» A Good Election Loss for the GOP
       In general, this was a good election. The only way to make it great would be for Republicans to have lost another five seats in the Senate and another 20 in the House. The worse the loss, the quicker and more intensely the GOP searches for its wander... read more
    November 10, 2006
» The Power of Presence
       Sometimes, just showing up makes a difference. Dr. Carolyn Knight from Wesley College in Florence, Mississippi, started showing up several years ago outside of strip clubs in our community to talk to patrons about the Lord. Subsequently, she and her ... read more
    November 10, 2006
    Christian Living
» Republicans, Quit Whining
       This week Republicans are bemoaning the fact that the media, and none too few soccer moms, are holding the entire party accountable for the under-a-cloud resignation of Rep. Mark Foley, a congressman found to be a bit too intimate with minor-aged pag... read more
    October 14, 2006
» Reasons You Shouldn't Vote
       There are some really good reasons not to vote this year. First, if you don't know what is at stake, don't know the issues, the candidates, the framework of the local, state and national debate and ... don't want to know -- please, don't vote. Second... read more
    September 19, 2006
» The Church and Culture: Never Give Up
       An article by Stan Guthrie in Christianity Today recently juxtaposed the positions of the culture war nicely. You can either concern yourselves with individuals or concern yourself with the broader culture. Or both. The latter is the only real option... read more
    September 9, 2006
    Christian Living
» Displaying the Cross -- or Carrying It
       David Wells, in his new book Above All Earthly Pow'rs (Eerdman's), bemoans contemporary evangelicalism: "This is probably the first time that Christian people anywhere in the West have thought that ecclesiastical architecture is, in principle, o... read more
    September 2, 2006
    Christian Living
» The Church That 'Runs Through It'
       Back in my youth there was a gentleman known throughout the state of Kansas as the Rev. Richard Taylor. His organization, "Kansans for Life at its Best," sought to stand against the liberalization of the state's gambling and liquor laws. My... read more
    August 29, 2006
    Christian Living
» 'Red-Letter Christians' and Their Dangerous Omissions
       Note to self: Here lies a lesson on how really bad ideas get started. Tony Campolo, eager to promote the Evangelical Left's newest movement -- "Red-Letter Christianity" -- writes that the label comes from ... "A secular Jewish Country-... read more
    August 22, 2006
    Christian Living
» A Youth Exodus From Church
       AgapePress has reported that Dr. Frank Page, the new president of the Southern Baptist Convention, is disturbed that many students are leaving the church once they graduate. Indeed, the Convention's Council on Family Life reports that some 88 percent... read more
    August 16, 2006
    Christian Living
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