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In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic allegory, The Scarlet Letter, a woman named Hester Prynne bore a child out of wedlock. As a result, she was required to wear the letter A as a sign of public disgrace for her act of adultery. On the breast of her gown, in fine red cloth surrounded with elaborate embroidery, […]

When the Entertainment God Comes to Church Are we amusing the mixed multitude? And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.   ~ Psalm 40:3 Only Christianity affirms the relationship between its founder and followers with […]

In his classic satire, The Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis imagined this mythical letter from the demon Screwtape to his apprentice, Wormwood, who was attempting to prevent believers from practicing biblical Christianity: My Dear Wormwood, The real trouble about the set (beginning) your patient is living in is that it is merely Christianity. They all (Christians) […]

The Lethal Effects of Spiritual Lethargy The story is told of a church custodian who was heard to say, “The blower still works, but the fire has gone out.” He was relating a problem to the service man about the church furnace, but the pastor overheard his comment, and thought he was talking about him. The custodian’s statement fittingly applies […]

The Tragedy of Substituting Work for Worship Satan called a worldwide convention. In the opening address to his evil spirits he said, “We can’t keep true Christians from going to church. We can’t keep them from reading their Bibles and knowing the truth. We can’t even keep them from having conservative values. But we can do […]