Trendy Ain’t Always Cool

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Nobody likes to be viewed as out of step, uncool. So we tend to latch on to whatever is deemed trendy, even if it’s a tad vulgar (like words that Webster’s tags as “coarse”) or disrespectful of God (like “OMG”) or glamorizing something spiritually dangerous. In that last category… A TV ad for the Popeye’s fast-food chain promoted a new…

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America’s Shift Toward Buddhism

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This one-hour audio is the workshop I led (with my sister) at the 2014 International Conference on Missions. The recording deals with mysticism and interspirituality, as well as Buddhism.   The handouts mentioned are linked below. Your Sunday school class or small group can easily listen to the workshop and do further research with the handouts to have your own…

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Buddhism Basics

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Because there are many branches of Buddhism (and multiple contradictory teachings within), it’s tricky to nail down what we might call Buddhism 101. But that’s sorta what you’ve got with the 2-page handout offered here, “Buddhism Basics,” which you can print and use with your small group. The concise chart and the breakdown by numbers (4 noble truths, 5 precepts,…

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Comparing Tibetan Buddhism with Christianity

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The popularity of the Dalai Lama has even Christian people reading his books to find spiritual help. And Christian leaders join forces with him for various high-profile events that seem to promote peace or compassion. It should be enough to know that the Dalai Lama’s path (that is, Tibetan Buddhism) has nothing whatever to do with the Lord Jesus Christ.…

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Buddhism Influencing the Church

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At a Cincinnati Christian University grad school forum in 2010, Dr. Johnny Pressley had done a presentation about Buddhism’s influence on Hollywood. Dr. Jack Cottrell—knowing about the related research we were into—invited us to speak to the forum on how Buddhism is influencing the church. Listen to the 1-hour lecture by me and my sister, Jenna (pen name Lena Wood).…

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