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To Be or Not Be Christian

That is the question. To be Christian is a declaration of the Spirit of God, not a claim established by you or me. It has taken over two years, at our family-pace, to study through the concepts presented in the … Continue reading

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Claim Blame

Do you claim Christ? As we draw down on the closing chapters of the book Claiming Christ, we fall upon a recounting of several dozen references about what God thinks about those who make dramatic claims of faith but lack … Continue reading

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Wishful Thinking Ain’t Believ’n

All you gotta do is Believe! This week I heard a pastor give the encouragement to church attendees that as long as you just believe that you have assurance, then you will be saved. Later that day, while engaging with … Continue reading

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What Flavors of Snake Oil Have You Tasted?

It seems like everybody has an answer for what ails. A cursory glance at the news  reveals a shocking variety of modern snake oils. In parts of Africa, widows are taught that they need and must pay for sex-cleansing by … Continue reading

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Bible Thumping Motives

The most popular book in human history continues to spawn many different styles of approach. Classic groupings in how Christians attempt to apply biblical instruction to their lives are often labeled as Conservative or Liberal. Further distinctions are often made … Continue reading

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The Example of a Listening God

How well are you able to listen to people who have views strongly different from your own? Recently, while reading a Time Magazine political article, I happened upon a study about being able to consider points of view that are … Continue reading

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Dissecting Faith

One of the few memories I have of 9th Grade Biology class involved exploratory surgery of dead frogs and amazing acrobatics that the legs can do when nerves are stimulated by electrodes. Not everyone in the class was impressed, but … Continue reading

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What We Do Is Proof Of Who We Are

Was God schizophrenic when he inspired the writers of the Bible? Some times Scripture just seems confusing. It states one thing and then elsewhere appears to contradict itself. My family took some time, in our reading through Claiming Christ, to consider the … Continue reading

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Practical Theology: Living Relevant in a Decadent World

Theology or the Christian who dismisses it: Can it be that one is irrelevant in daily life? At its core, theology is the systematic study of God for the purposes of establishing common understandings and practices. It takes the word … Continue reading

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Siesta Fervor – It Doesn’t Get Any Better

As any artist will confirm, there is something almost magical when a designer injects something of themselves into their creative art. The subject takes on more than just an objective purpose or subjective identity; it quite literally reflects part of the life … Continue reading

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