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Conventional Thinking: Homosexuality & the church
Jan27

Conventional Thinking: Homosexuality & the church

Society’s rapid acceptance of homosexuality—and the arrival of same-sex marriage in particular—has caught the church flat footed. We know what we believe and why, based on the Scriptures, but we often do not know how to talk about it. Or at least not in productive ways. I see two unproductive responses among Christians on the issue of homosexuality. One is to shout all the louder about it being sinful. The other is pure silence....

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Conventional Thinking: Keep telling the story
Jan20

Conventional Thinking: Keep telling the story

“Tell me a story, Daddy!” That is something I hear almost every day from my children. There’s something about stories that capture the attention of children. Then again, there is something about stories that speak to us grown-ups, too. Jesus, Himself, knew this. Throughout His earthly ministry, Jesus told dozens of parables, each of which are recorded in the pages of the New Testament. From the parable of the lost sheep to the...

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Conventional Thinking: Whatcha talkin’ ‘bout?
Jan13

Conventional Thinking: Whatcha talkin’ ‘bout?

News reports show that, as of 2015, more than 1 billion people and organizations around the world now have a Facebook account. Social media, like Facebook and Twitter, have given an unprecedented number of people a platform to communicate. A review of how we are using social media and how we can use it even more effectively is in order. /// “Look at me” Sociologists have coined the term the “Look-At-Me Generation,” referring to...

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Conventional Thinking: Not mere statistics
Jan07

Conventional Thinking: Not mere statistics

Joseph Stalin, the evil Soviet tyrant, once said, “A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.” Since the landmark Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, an estimated 55 million babies have been aborted in America. These are not mere statistics, but real boys and girls. There would have been one more death to add to those numbers, if Melissa Ohden had not survived the saline-infused abortion in 1977. Ohden, who not only...

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Conventional Thinking: What’s not in your wallet?
Dec30

Conventional Thinking: What’s not in your wallet?

It’s January, and people are joining expensive fitness clubs to get in shape. They are setting big and small goals meant to make them better people professionally, personally and spiritually in 2015. In other words, it’s the New Year, and many are making resolutions that may or may not last. Yet how many of us will take this opportunity to re-examine one of the most important facets of life—our giving. What should Christians give and...

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Conventional Thinking: Give and take
Dec17

Conventional Thinking: Give and take

What is the best Christmas gift you have ever given? What is the best you have received? Each year, Americans spend billions of dollars and millions of hours shopping, all in hopes of giving and receiving great gifts. With each passing season, a new trendy gift emerges. Who among us could forget the Pet Rock, the “Cabbage Patch” dolls, or the first year the iPod was available? Yet in spite of our best efforts, even the...

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