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As "The Dark Knight Rises" releases today in theaters, enjoy this piece on director Christopher Nolan's films and the worldview behind them. Learn how themes like truth, meaning, and beauty are interwoven into these pieces of art.

Joel Osteen, pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, recently created a stir when he publiclly identified presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and other practicing Mormons, as ‘brothers in Christ.’ This comes as a shock to some, because Mormon teaching, falls well outside the orthodox Christian faith. While we should strive to extend grace in all theological dialog, there comes a time when one must make truth claims concerning those things which are, and those which are not, essential to the Christian faith. What then are the essential, and distinctly Christian, beliefs about Jesus Christ? In this article we offer some suggestions.

Today the vast majority of us are not farmers. Yet the principles of gleaning and caring for the poor are as timeless as the book of Ruth. How might we continue in the faithfulness of Boaz and make sure we create room for more grace and less waste?  

A new ABC show satirizes rich, Christian women. GCB debuted last night full of scripture-spouting, church-going, over-the-top characters. But is the show helpful to start an important conversation or irrevocably harmful to the image of Christianity?

We caught up with Remedy Drive at Ichthus Festival 2012 and talked about life on a tour bus, the music industry in our digital age, and what it's like to engage fans on social media.

In a battle promising to go the full 15 rounds, the 9th circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling yesterday effectively nullifying Proposition 8. As you will remember, California voters passed Proposition 8 in 2008 limiting marriage to opposite sex couples. If you, like me, have an interest in exploring the jurisprudence behind the decision you, too, can thrash your way through the 133 page opinion here. As an attorney, the disturbing quandary for me comes in Judge Reinhardt ‘s brief wherein he says, Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples. Leaving the particular issue aside, it should stun us all that one judge, writing for himself and the court, can so sweepingly set aside the established will of the people of […]

Vanderbilt University’s administration in Nashville, Tennessee has a policy forbidding campus religious groups from making sure that student leaders share the groups’ core beliefs. Vanderbilt’s Intervarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship is in the thick of the battle there.

Timothy C. Tennent, a Seedbed Sponsored Blogger, weighs in on the issues surrounding National Healthcare, universal access to contraceptives and the Roman Catholic Church.

Parenting is difficult on its own, but when you add a teenager with Facebook at her fingertips in a moment of anger -- it's downright HARD. A particular youtube video showing a father's punishment and retaliation to that kind of situation has gone viral. After responding to his daughters malicious remarks, he shoots her laptop. Veteran youth minister, Bob Swan, discusses how these difficult times can be the best teaching moments.

It's not every day one of our own gets a shout out on ABC's Nightline for his online contributions. David Dorn, a staff writer and media editor for Seedbed, made a "spoken-word" video response to Jefferson Bethke's controversial viral video, "Why I Hate Religion but Love Jesus." David, who has achieved the status of "Youtube Partner," blogs regularly at The Pursuit Blog, which would be worth your time to bookmark. He often crafts his posts to generate conversation with athiests and skeptics.  Seedbed Sponsored Blogger Dr. Timothy C. Tennent has had an active last week of posting, running the gamut from Contraception to the First Amendment to Jeremy Linn. Here's one of our Seedbed staff's favorite short video clips. We think it captures what we do well. You will probably feel the same way about what you do, especially if you are on the edge of your seat in ministry.  Seattle's Mars Hill […]

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