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Correcting the Record

Correcting the Record

If the celebrities and talking heads you like most taught you that religion is the source of all bigotry, you might learn to dislike religion. If TV and popular culture only pointed you toward heroic atheists and despicable Christians, you would avoid Christianity. If all you were taught of Christianity were Constantine’s rule, the crusades, the Inquisition and witch trials, you would detest it without understanding it.

The truth is, Christianity has done a lot more good ...

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‘The New Normal’ is Not New

‘The New Normal’ is Not New

Some people will do anything to be considered normal. Others will do at least as much to avoid that description. Sometimes the same person will do both. Is this normal?

The dictionary defines normal as “conformity to a common standard.” But in a culture wherein few standards are shared, most anything can pass as normal. Without standards, who can discern whether “normal” is an insult or a compliment? Are you confused?

In biology, normal usually means that one is free of infections ...

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The Gift of Evangelism

The Gift of Evangelism

I am currently preaching through a series titled, “What’s so Holy about the Spirit?” Thus, an old book that sat on my bookshelf, unread, for over twenty years finally found its way to my desk: The Holy Spirit (1978), by Billy Graham. It’s really good! Here are a few sparkling gems of spiritual insight:

  • “We have two natures within us, both struggling for mastery. Which one will dominate us ? It depends on which ...
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SEX, MARRIAGE and CHAOS

SEX, MARRIAGE and CHAOS

Fire in a fireplace is good (especially on a cool evening with someone you love). Fire in your living room is not. Fire raging through your city is a national disaster. So it is with sex.

Before I terrify you with the truth about sexual chaos in America today, let us consider what God intended for us with regard to sex.

    1. Sex is sacred.The word sacred means “set apart.” As fire is best when set apart for the fireplace and not ...
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Goodness Vs. Gaga

Goodness Vs. Gaga

Our popular culture seems to love sin and hate sinners.

Face it–we live in a scandal-mongering society. The same media that celebrate so many sins also love to devour the sinners who commit them. Sympathetic portrayals of homosexuality, prostitution, shacking up and adultery pervade our entertainment media while public figures caught engaging in such celebrated pathologies are often crucified by the media. National elections often teeter and totter on the latest outrage over someone’s sin, depending on who the self-righteous media ...

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Top 10 Faith-Building Films

Top 10 Faith-Building  Films

One man’s opinions, in reverse order:

 
Luther
10. Luther (2003 – Directed by Eric Till), starring Joseph Fiennes (as Luther), Claire Cox, Alfred Molina and Peter Ustinov. Martin Luther (1483-1546) sparked the Protestant Reformation when he refused to disclaim his convictions. Made in Germany, this film covers the years of Luther’s life from 1507 to 1530. Luther challenged the Catholic practices of his day and translated the Bible into German ...

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Lift the Fog

Lift the Fog

I spent most of my college days squinting, living in denial that I needed glasses. When I finally got glasses, I emerged from the optometrist’s office into a crisp new clear world. The fog lifted. Actually, the world didn’t change. I made the change, enabling me to see the world with vivid clarity and distinction.

Because I also don’t always see so well with my heart, I need spiritual ...

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Book Review: Unprotected

Book Review: Unprotected

Grossman, Miriam. Unprotected: A Campus Psychiatrist Reveals How Political Correctness in Her Profession Endangers Every Student. USA: Penguin Group, 2007.


“So many young women at a critical stage of their development come to us in crisis and tell us their secrets… What we say, or don’t say, will have far-reaching effects: the responsibility is awesome.” Miriam Grossman, Unprotected, 2007.

UnprotectedCollege campus counseling centers are busier than ...

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