Digested But Untested

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“Believers think of themselves as individuals first, Americans second, and Christians third. Until that prioritization is rearranged, the Church will continue to lose influence, and biblical principles will represent simply one more option among the numerous worldviews that Americans may choose from." - George Barna “Prove all things; hold fast what is good.” - I Thessalonians 5: 21 Ask a roomful of believers if they’re all on the same page, and they’re likely to say yes. Ask them to then read aloud from the page they’re on individually, Continue Reading

When ‘My Bad’ Really Is Bad

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“Keep in mind that when sin is viewed superficially, it is dealt with superficially.”  -Erwin W. Lutzer When something gets me really mad, or really scared, I do something about it. When something seems technically wrong but excusable, I shrug it off. So what I deal with seriously, combining decision and action, tells you a lot about what really matters to me and what doesn’t. Continue Reading

When War Isn’t Hell

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"If you have no temptations it is because the devils are your friends, your leaders, and your shepherds. And by allowing you to pass your poor life tranquilly, to the end of your days, they will drag you down into the depths." -St. Gregory Continue Reading

‘American Sniper’ Lives Up to Its Buzz

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Rolling Stone magazine said it takes a bite out of you, and that pretty well sums it up. American Sniper  isn’t a film you’ll enjoy, but it’s one you can respect, even if you do leave the theater feeling maimed. The greatest overall compliment I’d give director Clint Eastwood is that he simply pulled the curtain back to show us a brave man on a brutal journey – no sermons from the left or the right; just a stark portrait which you can approve or condemn. Eastwood reports, you decide. Continue Reading

Scars, Resilience, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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“For the victory to be won some of us will have to get scarred a bit.” - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Today we recognize a man and his legacy, and I'm happy to honor both. Continue Reading

Transsexual Tragedy

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“No, of course, What really matters is the blame, Somebody to blame Fine, if that’s the thing you enjoy, Placing the blame, If that’s the aim, Give me the blame." -from 'Into the Woods' by Stephen Sondheim’ There’s a time for mourning and a time for finger pointing, and generally they shouldn’t mingle. Case in point: The recent and well publicized suicide of 17 year old Joshua Alcorn, a high school transsexual going by the name “Leelah”, who posted a farewell message  via Tumblr on December 28, deliberately timed to be displayed Continue Reading

Dining with the Difficult

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“Sometimes the best we can do is to remind each other that we're related for better or for worse...and try to keep the maiming and killing to a minimum.” -Rick Riordan, The Sea of Monsters It’s not always so joyful, this Christmas business. While plenty of us, myself included, relish the time of celebration and family, for others “family” is a painful concept. So painful, in fact, that for days leading up to December 25 they literally dread the annual family connection which the season requires. Continue Reading

Our Work and Our Needs

Fundraising has never been my strong suit, and frankly, asking for financial support is hardly one of "my favorite things". Continue Reading

It’s In The Cards

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The volume of Christmas cards coming into our home has gone way down, year after year, replaced by online greetings, which are now the norm. Continue Reading

Turbo Tongue

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Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! (James 3:5) James had a healthy respect for speech, and its power to bless or destroy. Frankly, it’s power I’ve come to fear. Continue Reading