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On Endorsing Political Candidates

By Erwin W. Lutzer

Many years ago I was visited by a rather prominent evangelical who urged me to endorse a certain political candidate. I gave him two reasons why I would not do so, and those reasons have stood me in good stead to this very day.

First, I did not want anyone to think that the Gospel was tied to a political party. If I were to endorse a candidate, people would identify Christianity with that political label, and this would be a stumbling block to those of the opposing political party. Instead of endorsements, over the years I have preached on ...

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Mourning With Orlando

By Erwin W. Lutzer

And now Orlando.

My wife and I were just finishing our Reformation tour by spending a few days in Prague when media reports circled the globe about the massacre in Orlando. We were here, in part, to honor the memory of John Hus, a preacher who was burned at the stake for preaching the gospel. I shall say more about him in a moment.

Most importantly, our thoughts and prayers are for the families of the victims. Long after the news reports are over, they will be left with their loss, their grief, their sorrow and unanswered questions.

In the ...

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Is the Reformation Over?

By Erwin W. Lutzer

Someone has said that for many Christians, church history began with the first Billy Graham crusade. They think that as long as we derive our beliefs from the Bible, we can ignore the two-thousand year history of God’s people. Church history, they reason, really only benefits scholars and historians. What possible relevance could the past have for the present?

How easy it is to forget that we are heirs of a rich history that began in the New Testament and continues on to this present day. To study church history is to study the ways of God; it is to ...

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Running to Win Goes Spanish!

By Erwin W. Lutzer

Moody Church Media is pleased to announce that we will be partnering with TWR to produce Running to Win in Spanish. Please see the full press release from TWR below.

Dr. Erwin Lutzer’s popular radio ministry Running to Win is expanding internationally as it deepens its longtime collaboration with TWR.

In a move that is groundbreaking for Lutzer and the Moody Church Media ministry he leads, TWR (Trans World Radio) will translate and culturally contextualize Running to Win into Spanish and then rerecord the program using a native speaker. The 15-minute program, which runs five days a week, will be ...

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A Tribute to Dr. Ryrie

By Erwin W. Lutzer

On Tuesday February 16, we received the news that Dr. Charles Ryrie had died in his sleep at the age of 90. As a professor at Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) for over 20 years, his great gift was to teach theology simply; he defined terms as clearly as possible and then gave Scriptural support for the various aspects of theology. He was my professor for several courses, and I remember having to memorize what he called “key passages” for the various doctrines, so that we could justify our convictions from the Scriptures. He also was an encouragement to me personally ...

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Are Politics Important?

By Erwin W. Lutzer

And so the political debate continues.

Or, more accurately, the political debate is heating up … with more accusations, more personal attacks, and more venom. The President has given his last State of the Union address; now the Iowa caucuses are about to be held, and the first primaries will soon be upon us.

Are politics important? Some Christians, weary with the political circus in Washington, think that all that we can do is pray and spread the gospel. I hear comments like “It doesn’t really matter who gets elected; the hope of this country lies not in Washington but ...

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In Defense of Wheaton College

By Erwin W. Lutzer

Wheaton College has come under fire for suspending professor Larycia Hawkins for what she wrote on her Facebook page when she explained her decision to wear a hijab to identify with her Muslim neighbors. In her words, “I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, are people of the book…And as Pope Francis stated, we worship the same God.” The College has placed her on administrative leave because her comments “raise significant questions regarding the theological implications of statements made about the relationship of Christianity to Islam.”

As might be expected, critics have shifted into ...

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Make a Difference This Christmas

By Erwin W. Lutzer

Christmas is not the same for everyone. 

For some, Christmas is a lonely time of year because they have no friends and few resources. For others, including those whose relatives and friends were killed in the most recent terrorist attack, it will be a time of sorrow and loss. For still others, it will just be an excuse to give and receive gifts and party with friends. As for us, let’s remember the meaning of Christmas and celebrate accordingly—and as we do so, let’s make a difference in the lives of others.

We can include the needy in our ...

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How to Pray for Paris

By Erwin W. Lutzer

Paris.

Perhaps, like me, you have been struggling, wondering exactly how we should pray for Paris at this time of sorrow and unanswered questions. Although we might think that these Islamic attacks would motivate the French to seek God and hopefully turn to Christ, most are driven in the opposite direction, angry with anything associated with religion. The French see what religion has done to their country over the centuries; the religion of Islam inspired the recent terrorist attacks, but the wars of religion in previous eras have driven France to accept a radical form of secularism, a dogged commitment ...

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A Commentary on the Paris Attacks

By Erwin W. Lutzer

ISIS has won another victory in terrorizing the Western world with its particular brand of Islamic extremism. They have claimed responsibility for Friday night’s series of coordinated attacks in Paris which killed 129 people and injured more than 350, over 100 of them critically. As we think of those killed, including nearly 90 people systematically slaughtered while at a concert, we mourn with the rest of the world and join them in condemning this evil act. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families, and to all the people in Paris who are undoubtedly struggling with fear and ...

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