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Ben Stevens
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Confessions of a One-Night VIP

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 1:43 PM

Last week, on an evening unlike any I have ever experienced, I found myself sitting in a caravan of chauffeured Bentleys. We were racing through downtown Berlin in high style, headed from the actors' lounge at the prestigious Berlinale film festival, on our way to one of the week's many...

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Photographing Westboro Baptist

(63) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 6:59 PM

Imagine for a moment that you are one of the millions of newly-minted freelance photographers in the world. This shouldn't be too hard as, given Canon's sales numbers and the status updates I see on my social media feeds, something like a fourth of the world seems to be working...

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Guns in the Bible

(14) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 11:22 AM

Everyone is talking about guns. One can hardly find an op-ed or news story today that doesn't somehow touch on the national debate. Christians are talking about guns too, and for that reason I think it would be helpful to point out one thing:

Sometimes the Bible offers us black...

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The Gospel According to Christopher

(110) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 10:16 AM

Christopher Hitchens, one of our era's most eloquent atheists, died a year ago this month, and in his memory I thought I might share my favorite Hitchens quote with you. It speaks clarity into some of our nation's post-election identity crisis, and it's the kind of thing both...

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Christian Fear Through the Years

(37) Comments | Posted September 17, 2012 | 3:01 AM

I recently arrived in Berlin with my wife. We're moving to what is, according to a recent study by the University of Chicago, perhaps the most thoroughly atheistic region in the world, and we have one-way tickets. We love Berlin, and yet as a Christian pastor a number...

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Easy Christian Fame

(12) Comments | Posted July 25, 2012 | 11:33 AM

In the past few months, there have been a number of interesting articles about famous Christians and the phenomenon of celebrity pastors. The articles approached the issue from different angles, but for some reason they all led me to ask the question:...

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Memorizing the Whole New Testament

(44) Comments | Posted June 18, 2012 | 2:13 PM

I was once advised in seminary to "avoid memorizing any unit of Scripture shorter than a chapter" because of the way that might lead to proof-texting. You may imagine my intrigue and dismay at this suggestion as one whose high view of Scripture had never translated into any great aptitude...

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The Catholic-Protestant Schism: Competing Histories

(78) Comments | Posted January 23, 2012 | 3:20 PM

Some of the greatest Protestant minds of the last 50 years have, at the peaks of their intellectual careers, converted to Roman Catholicism. Respect for those leaders has led me to spend months reading about their motivations for converting and to pursue extended conversations with Roman Catholic theologians to understand...

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Two Lesbians Raised a Baby: A Response

(41) Comments | Posted December 20, 2011 | 7:06 AM

I have friends -- people whose intelligence and character I truly respect -- who participate in loving same-sex relationships. Yet I have the audacity to believe that, because of the teachings of a man who lived 20 centuries ago, their lifestyle choice is less than what God desires for them,...

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Should Christian Organizations Flee Bad Names?

(47) Comments | Posted November 23, 2011 | 6:00 AM

At different points in my life I have been a part of two organizations -- the Southern Baptist Convention and Campus Crusade for Christ -- which are now undergoing, or contemplating, name changes. Other Christian groups have preceded them, such as the Baptist General Conference (now...

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God, Liquor and the Gospel of Ken Burns

(39) Comments | Posted October 17, 2011 | 9:25 AM

In the mid-1800s, there were two issues that radical, Bible-thumping Christians were railing about, two practices which they said "would lead the nation into ruin." Those two issues were: alcohol and slavery. If the moral zealots of that era had been more considerate of the way average people thought, we...

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On Michelle Bachmann and Rick Perry: Greater Love Hath No Politician

(62) Comments | Posted September 18, 2011 | 8:00 PM

I have no idea whether Rick Perry or Michelle Bachmann have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. As a pastor, I hope for the best. But I would simply like to highlight the uniquely complex position they have put themselves in by making such explicit statements to that effect so...

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Is Anders Breivik a European Fundamentalist?

(73) Comments | Posted July 26, 2011 | 2:58 PM

As an evangelical pastor about to take a job in Berlin, I was horrified to hear that the man responsible for the tragedy in Norway last week, Anders Behring Breivik, is a "Christian fundamentalist." I do not self-identify as a "fundamentalist," but I believe Jesus was the Son of God,...

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