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Conventional Thinking: Live and let die
Jul28

Conventional Thinking: Live and let die

America has a unique heritage of freedom, where you can live as you choose so long as you harm no one else. “Live and let live,” the saying goes. These days, a new list of so-called “victimless” sins has emerged demanding to be made legitimate. It includes the use of marijuana, consuming pornography, engaging in prostitution, and perhaps most fashionable, taking part in homosexual acts—or at least approving of...

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Conventional Thinking: Book ‘em
Jul22

Conventional Thinking: Book ‘em

The Bible is the best-selling book of all time. Yet a brand-new Gallup poll suggests that the Word of God may be losing its prime position of esteem, at least here in America. While the poll said that three in four in the U.S. still see the Bible as the Word of God, some 21 percent consider it “fables and history,” while only “28 percent of Americans believe the Bible should be taken literally.” To put it in...

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Conventional Thinking: There’s no substitute
Jul15

Conventional Thinking: There’s no substitute

Social scientists have studied the different generation groups—such as the Silent Generation, Baby Boomers, Gen X and Millennials—and assigned characteristics commonly found in each. The most often thing said about Millennials is that they are relationship driven and want to make a positive difference in the world. However, the same thing could be said about every age-stage (with perhaps the possible exception of children in their...

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Conventional Thinking: Victory!
Jul08

Conventional Thinking: Victory!

The ancient Romans had a phrase about winning and losing. In Latin, “Vae victis” meant “woe to the conquered.” Within the last five years, conservative Christians have known all too well the feeling of being conquered, being on the losing side of many cultural battles. From the unhindered advance of so-called “gay marriage” to the normalization of once looked down upon things like pornography and marijuana use, the Christian view has...

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Conventional Thinking: Anger games
Jun24

Conventional Thinking: Anger games

If the 2014 campaign season has reminded us of anything, it is that politics is a contact sport. We have not yet arrived to the general elections, and the negative ads and mudslinging are in full force. The question to ask, though, is not why they act that way. The question is, do we the people act that way, too? In other words, are our politics just a reflection of who we have become as a society? The answer appears to be yes, if you...

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Conventional Thinking:  Resolved
Jun17

Conventional Thinking: Resolved

Anyone who attended the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) in Baltimore would walk away with the impression that our people and our churches should recommit to prayer in a great way. Amid the reports and voting issues, dedicated times for prayer punctuated the meeting, which was attended by 5,100-plus Southern Baptist messengers, suggesting now is a time for more than “business as usual.” That is not to say...

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