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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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When calamity hits and our world feels as though it has collapsed out from under us, fear seems to be the only sane response to the uncontrolled free-fall that overwhelms us. It is, to be sure, the default response. There may come a time when, in our despair, we cry out to God, “What’s going on here?…

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There is an upbeat song we occasionally sing with my local church family that has, in the chorus, the line, “Yahweh! Yahweh! We love to should your name, O Lord!” The Bible refers to God in a variety of ways. You may be familiar with Elohiym, Eloah, Elohai, El Rohi, El Shaddai,and sometimes just El.…

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All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands fast to the end will be saved.– Matthew 10:22, NIV-1983 One Man With Conviction Tuesday night, January 17, the Philadelphia Flyers NHL team celebrated Pride Night by wearing LGBTQ+-affirming warm-up jerseys. Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov chose to abstain from pre-game warmups saying, “I…

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Yesterday I preached a sermon at Victory Christian Fellowship in Lynden, WA. As a closer to that exhortation, I called on people to bear the fruit of righteousness from a heart of repentance. And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may…

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I have noted a recent rise in objections related to the misguided concept, “If God is such a good and loving God, how could he possibly send anyone to Hell?” The folly of such a view is easily brought to light, but that light is quickly dimmed for those who choose not to see. My…

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I do not have a deep kinship with the King James translation of the Bible. I certainly do not revere the translation as a “Holy of Holies” among Bibles the way some do. It is a translation. It is a good one. It’s not without its challenges, and it is dated in its English language…

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Yesterday, we celebrated something unprecedented – God took on flesh and pitched his tent among humanity.1 It is unprecedented because it had never happened before, and no other faith throughout history even purports that such a thing could, would, or did happen. Not only do other faiths and cultures not speak of Immanuel (God with us), many find…

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A Bad Hymn Every so often, the discussion will reemerge about how there is bad theology in many of the praise songs used by the modern church. It’s true. There is. Yet, the same can be said for some of the most beloved hymns in more traditionally structured churches. Consider the “theology” from this hymn:…

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Telling God How It Is More than once I have had that curious conversation with a young-to-middle-aged man or woman who has decided that they are displeased and disapproving of the way God is running the universe. If you have not had one of these conversations, you need to do so. Get that on your…

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