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I have been somewhat taken aback by the volume of material posted over the last four or five months regarding the oppression of women in the body of Christ. To my shame, I did not recognize this was as widespread an issue as it seems to be. The pervasiveness of the issue is clearly evinced…

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There is a cliche in Christianity that produces a cringe within me every time I hear it vocalized or see it in print. Some well-meaning man or woman will say something like, “Well, you just need to make God ‘first’ in your life.” I completely disagree. Not only do I disagree, I contend “putting God…

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Many in the online world (think social media) thrive on arguing about eschatology—that branch of theology that studies the end of all things. The arguments are endless and, at times, revealing of the arrogance of those arguing. Occasionally, there is an unmistakable I’ve got it all figured out and the rest of you are idiots attitude. The…

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“Familiarity breeds contempt,” so the adage claims. I suggest a parallel truism. Familiarity breeds inattentiveness. I’ll illustrate with a familiar incident in the life of Jesus, one we have read and heard countless times, commonly referred to as “the rich, young ruler.” What Must I Do?” And a ruler asked him, “Good Teacher, what must…

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Several years ago, one of the elders from my local church family took it upon himself to begin meeting with the worship team at 8:00 every Sunday morning for a brief devotional to help prepare them for their part in that morning’s activities. It is his habit to start every devotional time by reminding the…

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Our church family has been studying through the Gospel of Luke on Sunday mornings. The sermons have been rich and challenging. We have just entered Jerusalem for the Passover and, as you probably know, Jesus is now just days away from his crucifixion. This past Sunday, I was honored to be allowed to bring the…

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A long-time favorite verse of mine is in Joshua chapter one. God told Joshua to be strong and of good courage. More precisely, God commanded it. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.– Joshua 1:9,…

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Today is Memorial Day, though it was originally called Decoration Day, with its original, national observance on May 30, 1868. Opinions vary regarding who first observed the day, but what is not disputed is that John Logan, Commander in Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic proclaimed the holiday as a means of honoring…

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When about to engage strenuous activity, it is common for a well-meaning friend or family member to say to us something like, “Don’t over exert yourself.” The older I get, the more I grow in appreciation for what they are saying. Roughly ten years ago, I became as enamored with the P-90X infomercials as I…

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I grew up in the 1960s and 1970s. I’m not so obtuse as to be unaware that opponents of the faith existed during that time, but their objections were more subtle, more veiled than those we see today. Typical television families in the 60s and early 70s were portrayed as going to church, or if…

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