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Indispensable

Indispensable

The toughest decisions in life are those we must make with inadequate information. This takes faith. To prefer knowledge to faith as a guiding principle is normal. Who wouldn’t? But some of life’s most crucial decisions must be made while vital knowledge is unavailable.

Few knew this better than General George Washington (1732 – 1799), a leader well known for his hunger for intelligence that could make wartime decisions easier. In the fall of ...

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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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The Preaching Enterprise
Part I: Compliments and Criticisms

The Preaching Enterprise <br>Part I:  Compliments and Criticisms

Troy, a 4 or 5 year old toe-headed boy decked out in his Sunday best, was watching people greet me after I preached a passionate try-out sermon. It was 2011 and I was candidating for the position of minister at Troy’s church. He heard many kind comments coming my way and when his turn came, he reached out his hand and addressed me thusly; “I really liked your . . . ”

Allow me to pause ...

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Bible Study Basics

Bible Study Basics

The Beginning:

The creative handiwork of God is where the Bible begins, revealing that life is God’s gift and it is good. We build houses, cars and roads for a purpose, so why shouldn’t God be purposeful in “building” us? I know of no resource better than the Bible for understanding the purposes of God and inspiring us to pursue then at all cost. It opens the window of heaven to shed its guiding light on ...

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True Grit

True Grit

No, this is not a review of the classic John Wayne film by the same title. Just go see it. Instead, my focus here is on a disappearing American virtue called grit!

By grit, I mean that indomitable spirit that makes men and women hold to their integrity, come what may (the word “grit” is coincidentally found inside the word “integrity”). True grit refuses to let go of a worthy goal. In “The Searchers,” when ...

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Seen Enough?
(Relevant Review of Dante’s Inferno)

Seen Enough?<br>(Relevant Review of Dante’s Inferno)

Near the top of any respectable “great books” list is The Divine Comedy, by Dante Alighieri (1265–1321). It follows the medieval cosmology of his day that presumed three levels for the universe: Paradiso, Purgatorio and Inferno. You know he was Italian because his name and most of his nouns ended with vowels.

Most people think Dante’s Inferno (written around 1300 AD) is about hell. Sure, it contains plenty of grotesque and ironic images of ...

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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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