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Fall 2020: Other Significant Articles

Doug Clay, “What is Pentecostalism?” Assemblies of God News (September 30, 2020).


Research Roundup: Preaching Takeaways from the Latest in Social Science” Christianity Today Pastors (Fall 2020).

Compiled by Ted Olson, these fascinating observations from recent social science research are sure to get you thinking about your next sermon, and probably the last few.  

John Piper, “Policies, Persons, and Paths to Ruin: Pondering the Implications of the 2020 Election” (October 22, 2020).

Published 12 days before the U.S. elections, Piper writes: “Actually, this is a long-overdue article attempting to explain why I remain baffled that so many Christians consider the sins of unrepentant sexual immorality (porneia), unrepentant boastfulness (alazoneia), unrepentant vulgarity (aischrologia), unrepentant factiousness (dichostasiai), and the like, to be only toxic for our nation, while policies that endorse baby-killing, sex-switching, freedom-limiting, and socialistic overreach are viewed as deadly.”  

Daniel Silliman, “At Purple Churches, Pastors Struggle with Polarized Congregations: A challenging year threatens to divide Christians who have resisted the cultural trendChristianity Today (October 20, 2020).


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Geoff Holsclaw, “5 Reasons Why Calling the Election a Fraud Because Your Favorite Prophets Do Is Dangerous” (November 9, 2020).


Craig Keener, “When Political Prophecies Don’t Come to Pass: The Bible includes false prophets and true prophets whose words turn out to be false” (November 11, 2020).

In this web-only article, Keener discusses the biblical role of the prophet (in Bible times and today). He says, “Not only are all prophecies partial, but, more dangerously, sometimes we may confuse our wrong interpretation with God’s message.” The next day, on November 12, Keener posted a follow-up article that appeared on his blog. This article included several links to other articles he has written about prophecy and an expansion of the article that appeared at  



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