Why Forgetting the Church and Just Following Jesus is Not an Option

I am not great at sound-bite theology. You know the kind I am talking about. It's those pithy little sayings, often in 140 characters or less that seem so spiritual, deep, and insightful. They are easy to remember getting passed on time and again until they become accepted as a given, collective, cultural,  truism. To …

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Ann Rice Leaves Christianity. Really?

Ann Rice, the one time popularizer of the current vampire genre, has announced that she  is leaving Christianity.  She recently talked about her decision with Joy Behar. What is fascinating about her announcement is that she still professes a faith in Christ and actually feels that in order to keep following Christ she has to separate herself from organized religion …

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The Paparazzi, Facebook, and Our Need to be Known

I have been thinking recently about the seemingly growing mass of people who do things just to be noticed and known. The examples are so numerous that it is hard to decide which ones NOT to mention. Just think on some headlines over the last few months. Remember "Balloon Boy" and his parents scam to …

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God, Football, and the First Amendment

I read a news article about a Georgia high school forbidding certain Christian statements and Bible verses being painted on banners that the cheerleaders made for the football team. (School bans Bible Verses) Having played football and served as a coach for 20 years, I have seen my share of cheerleader produced banners. Most of …

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Provocative Bible Verses: Do Not Be Unequally Yoked With Unbelievers

"Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?" 2 Corinthians 6:14 (NASB) In recent weeks I have had several people quote this verse to me. They have done so in an attempt to explain why Christians should never be a partner with …

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Provocative Christian Living: Crossing the Racial Divide

Recently former President Jimmy Carter made the accusation that the opposition to health care reform, including the outburst by South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson is motivated by racism. http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/09/15/carter.obama/index.html On the other end of the spectrum there are many who are saying that racism plays no part what-so-ever in that debate or other disagreements with …

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Prayer, The President, and Petty Bickering

I have been reading lots of comments on the changes that President Obama has made regarding this years National Day of Prayer. I have to tell you I am just a bit bewildered that people are getting flat out nasty over something that is intended to be an intimate, worshipful, and uplifting conversation with God. …

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Provocative Submission: Is God Really Your King?

Recently I was witness to evidence of that amazing transformation from Communism to Democracy that has been experienced in Ukraine. As a former Soviet Republic the people of Ukraine spent seventy years under communist domination. Since the break up of the Soviet Union there has been a great deal of political turmoil in Ukraine as …

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Newsweek Magazine and the Case for Gay Marriage

The cover story for the upcoming December 15th issue is titled, "Our Mutual Joy". The subtitle contends that the Bible is actually supportive of gay marriage and that opponents of gay marriage don't understand what the Bible teaches. While I will admit that many opponents of gay marriage don't understand what the Bible teaches, after …

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