Social Media, Political Division and Golden Calves

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I, as you, have seen many a friend disengage from social media due to its hostile political climate. Unfortunately, the climate seems persistent on its global warming. Even if one were to free themselves from the social media mire, the bitterness has contaminated the drinking water: radio, tv, newspapers, entertainment, social gatherings, and the like. The canyon dividing this nation is grand and demands all of its people’s capitulation. Society assumes you to be on one side or the other – no matter which it is, you’re on the wrong side according to the other half. …

2016 Election Advice

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During this heated and divisive election season, I thought it would be beneficial to offer some advice when it comes to November 8th, which is now a week away. These are things that are actually important for all of us to remember. 1 – Take a deep breath. Believe it or not, this is not the worse thing to ever have happened. America, as well as humanity, has faced worse times than this. So, take a deep breath, count to ten, and chill out. 2 – Don’t vilify the other side. …

A Nation of Exiles

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In 1 Peter 2:9-12, Peter mixes two seemingly contradictory Old Testament themes. The first is that of the exodus and establishment of God’s people within the promise land. 1 Peter 2:9-10: But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. These two verses are rich with allusions to Exodus, …

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Forgiving Dad

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  Recently, I hurt my 5-year-old son, Micaiah. Something I had repeatedly told him not to do I thought he had done. He is in that stage of perfecting his skill of deception. So obviously any response he gave could not be trusted.  I yelled in his face while waving my finger threateningly between his eyes and then swatted his butt…a little harder than I should had. Sobbing, tears trickling down his pale cheeks from his bloodshot baby blue eyes, he still insisted he didn’t do it. Isaiah, my 4-year-old, lumbered into the room …

Allegory of the theological dispute between the Arminianists and their opponents

The Theology of Jerks and Idiots

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You’re wrong. Not sure what about, but you are. Something you believe is wrong. It’s doubtful that anyone would publicly profess that one hundred percent of everything they believe is irrefutably true. While most would agree with the premise, in practice we inherently assume the validity of all we believe and teach. In some sense, it is difficult to maneuver around it. We can not go on living in constant skepticism of our own fundamental beliefs. However, many have developed a dysfunctional habit of staunchly opposing all contrary viewpoints and fighting over every ideological hill. Untold bodies are spread …

True Glory Lifts Up

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This tangenetic thread of thought was inspired by a quote I heard from Ravi Zacharias in one of his podcast episodes. I do not recall which one but you can find his podcasts linked on his website, http://rzim.org/media/listen. The quote is by F.W. Boreham in his essay titled “The Poppies And The Corn,” discussing their mutual glory; There is a very lovable thing about poppies in the corn that I can never sufficiently admire. The poppies never belittle the corn, they glorify it. You’d think not the less but the more …

7 Reasons Christmas Might Be More Important

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Visit a Christian church any time of the year and the Cross will most likely be mentioned, as it should. The sacrificial death of Christ is obviously a climatic point within the arch of Scripture. However, churches often stop at the Cross and neglect to discuss much about the resurrection. I mean, yeah, we do but the weight of our message and time spent is unequivocally centered on the death of Jesus and not His resurrection. Then, once a year, we really emphasize His resurrection just as, once a year, …