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Loving Sinners: Part Two
(The Same-Sex Wedding Dilemma)

Loving Sinners:  Part Two <br>(The Same-Sex Wedding Dilemma)

(See part one here)

Jesus was more than willing to eat with sinners. The apostle Paul was the same way, although he drew the line against associating with “a so-called brother” who remained immoral and unrepentant (1 Corinthians 5:9-13).

Jesus was also willing to tell sinners to repent. This call constituted His main challenge to humanity as a teacher.

Matthew remembered the gist of Jesus’ message this way: “From that time on Jesus began to preach, ...

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Truth is No Longer an American Value

Truth is No Longer  an American Value

President Obama was re-elected in 2012. Some want to forget this and others are still celebrating. I am in neither camp. Those who forget what happened and how are being especially irresponsible. Memory matters! Truth suffers without it.

Remember when President Obama declared that the use of chemical weapons by Syria represented a “red line” that must not be crossed? He asked, “What kind of world will we live in if the United States of ...

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The Preaching Enterprise
Part III: A Timeless Message for Turbulent Times

The Preaching Enterprise <br>Part III: A Timeless Message for Turbulent Times

Christians have a message for the world. It pivots around the problem of sin and centers on Jesus as its only solution. However, our culture glorifies sin even while denying its reality. Attempts to define sin for what it is are rarely appreciated. Efforts to suppress it are disparaged as “puritanical.” This is ‘old hat.’ A brief look at four great British preachers from the 17th through 20th centuries well illustrates how common this collective ...

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The Preaching Enterprise
Part II: Jesus the Preacher

The Preaching Enterprise <br>Part II:  Jesus the Preacher

Part one, Preaching Enterprise, in this series on the Preaching Enterprise affirmed that criticism is not a preacher’s worst fear. Rather, it is no response at all. Good preachers first root their preaching in God’s truth and love and then pray for a fair response. He humbly knows, however, that he has more control over the message than the response.

Now, we turn to Jesus, the preacher. That’s no cliché. Preaching is what ...

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DEFINING AMERICA

DEFINING AMERICA

America is not a geographical location (the land was here long before “America” existed). Nor was America ever just her government (we were so much more than that). It is also not skin color. In fact, race, gender and class have no genuine bearing on the identity of Americans. What America was and is can only be found in hearts and minds. Here is a short list of what generally defined America:

  • Trust in God (our ...
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Seven Sacred Gifts

Seven Sacred Gifts

If nothing is sacred, then everything is disposable. In today’s highly disposable world, reverence is getting rare. With secularism on the rise, we need a better grip on what is sacred. This takes faith. Webster defines sacred as that which is devoted or dedicated to a deity or a spiritual purpose, or entitled to veneration or religious respect. Christians hold that anything God selects for us or sets apart for special use is sacred. Here’s ...

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WOW!
(A Legacy of Love)

WOW! <br>(A Legacy of Love)

The following tombstone inscription is in the Grove Street cemetery in New Haven, Connecticut:

    In memory of Mrs. Chloe, late wife of Mr. Peter Johnson and daughter of Capt. Andrew Tuttle deceased. She was a dutiful child, a faithful wife, a tender mother, a friend of the distressed and a lover of virtue. Died, 1773, age 34. She is gone we trust to inherit the promises…

The rest was unreadable.

Chloe Johnson died before the Declaration ...

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Women of Honor

Women of Honor

As a single man, here the two things I want most:

  1. A close relationship with God made possible by His forgiveness.
  2. A close relationship with a woman of honor who has #1 above.

The second desire is a far cry from the first. Nevertheless, it is the focus of my thoughts below.

Unfortunately, I live in a culture holds honor in low regard, especially for women. Yet, my hope springs eternal because women still exist who ...

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A Dream or a Nightmare?

A Dream or a Nightmare?

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr., from his “I Have a Dream” speech, August 28, 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.

I share this dream. Bigotry disgusts me. Bullying is for cowards. Human beings should be treated as ...

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My Dad Was Right!
(My Slow Surrender to Ephesians 5:23)

My Dad Was Right!<br>(My Slow Surrender to Ephesians 5:23)

I came out of graduate school in 1979 as a well-educated Christian feminist. My dad and I fought over this. He could not let go of the traditional notion that the husband should be the head of the family. I regaled him with my egalitarian beliefs, though untried by me in the real world. He had several Scripture passages and some real life experience on his side. Still, I was unbending and he got rather ...

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