This post was originally published on this siteIt was narrated from ‘Abdullah bin Amr that: The Prophet (peace be upon him) used to seek refuge (with Allah) from four things: From knowledge that is of no benefit, from a heart that does not feel humble, from a supplication that is not heard, and a soul that is never satisfied. Sunan an-Nasa’I, Vol. 6, Book 50, Hadith 15

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This post was originally published on this site “From the Director’s Desk,” where Spencer Fluhman discusses the Institute’s direction and ongoing work. Follow him on Twitter @spencerfluhman. I recently paid off my student loan balance from graduate school—exactly ten years since receiving the PhD. That’s a cautionary tale for prospective graduate students in the humanities, make no mistake, but closing that account got me thinking about debts. After a couple of months

This post was originally published on this siteNarrated Abu Hurayrah: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: If anyone acquires knowledge that should be sought seeking the Face of Allah, but he acquires it only to get some worldly advantage, he will not experience the arf, i.e. the fragrance, of Paradise. Sunan Abi Dawud, Book 26, Hadith 24

This post was originally published on this siteAbu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: When the reciter (Imam) utters:” Not of those on whom (is Thine) wrath and not the erring ones,” and (the person) behind him utters Amin and his utterance synchronizes with that of the dwellers of heavens, all his previous sins would be pardoned. Sahih Muslim, Book 4, Hadith 82

This post was originally published on this siteJoy is not complete until it is shared. 1. Belief is one of the basic values of Christianity and it applies to every area of life. (9) 2. It goes without saying that the greatest desire of Christian leaders for the members of our families is that they become God’s children and follow him. (10) 3. One of the most obvious signs of

This post was originally published on this siteWhen language is only a tool for coercion, nobody wins. The current discussion about political correctness is the result of a perfect storm. Changing gender norms, new social media platforms, and deepening class divisions has led to a renewed conflict over language. In a number of intimate and sensitive areas of life, cultural and moral norms have changed dramatically. Eight years ago, a

This post was originally published on this siteDisaster Relief, Excuses, Sharing faith, Church signs, and more! Preaching in the Wake of Disaster—Jamie Aten Bringing hope to victims of a disaster is a great opportunity and responsibility. Conflict Resolution, Excuses, and Race Relations—Barnabas Piper Isn’t it about time we who claim the gospel move forward—fast—toward racial reconciliation? After Childhood Abuse, How Can I Trust Others with My Kids?—Nana Dolce A thoughtful

This post was originally published on this siteHere’s what we know about evangelical Democrats. Donald Trump seems to be breaking yet another political tradition this election: the “God gap.” In previous US elections, polls consistently showed that a person’s level of religiosity—how important their faith is to them and how often they attend church—was one of the biggest predictors in how they would vote. The more religious an American was,

This post was originally published on this siteIt was narrated from Abu Musa: That two men referred a dispute to the Prophet (peace be upon him) concerning an animal, and neither of them had any evidence, so he ruled that it be shared equally between them. Sunan an-Nasa’I, Vol. 6, Book 49, Hadith 46

This post was originally published on this siteThe Hyde Amendment joins Johnson Amendment in no longer being sacrosanct. Not much about the 2016 presidential campaign has been business as usual. In addition to nominating two divisive candidates, both parties are challenging major political measures that have long been off the table. On the Republican side, Donald Trump promises to repeal the Johnson Amendment—the 60-year-old tax code statute that bans churches