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Conventional Thinking: Butcher, baker, culture breaker
Jul14

Conventional Thinking: Butcher, baker, culture breaker

America is a great place to be a Christian or person of faith. At least it used to be. Increasingly religious liberty is under threat in this great nation of ours. With the arrival of same-sex marriage are coming fast and furious challenges to religious liberty that would have shocked previous generations. Take Oregon as an example. Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian has delivered a fine to the tune of $135,000 to Sweet Cakes...

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Conventional Thinking: 5 ways Christian marriage is different
Jun30

Conventional Thinking: 5 ways Christian marriage is different

Now that the culture and the Courts have given us same-sex marriage in all 50 states, what happens next? Many Christians fear the worst, thinking we are witnessing the final demise of marriage in our time. Others believe that, though this development is awful, now is not a time to panic, nor is it a time to cave in, to quote Russell D. Moore. Instead it is a time to pray and work. As we begin the long climb back toward building a...

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Conventional Thinking: What is ‘transgender’?
Jun22

Conventional Thinking: What is ‘transgender’?

For weeks, Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner had the whole country talking about the issue of sexual identity and specifically transgender. Those who talked about what Jenner did from afar are now facing the reality of what this whole issue means for their community. It is no longer about a person on TV trying to go from being a man to a woman, it is about what the transgender boom means to “Main Street America,” to people we know. Some...

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Conventional Thinking: Proverbs 31 fathers
Jun15

Conventional Thinking: Proverbs 31 fathers

On Mother’s Day, Proverbs chapter 31 offers a beautiful passage describing a wife and mother of noble character. With Father’s Day upon us, I suggest those very same Bible verses that describe this virtuous lady also have a few significant verses about a virtuous man, as well. Alongside the Proverbs 31 woman, we hear of a husband and father mentioned more than once, who exhibits at least three characteristics we men would do well to...

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Conventional Thinking: S-L-A-Y the dragon
Jun08

Conventional Thinking: S-L-A-Y the dragon

There’s a scheme of the devil doing untold damage to the church, to families, to marriages and entire communities. It is so drastic, so dangerous it can be compared with a raging dragon. Far too many people, however, are lured into letting this “dragon” into their homes and hearts, thinking they can keep it on a leash, only to have it burn up everything they have and are. I am talking about pornography. It is everywhere, and people...

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Conventional Thinking: ‘Hit-and-run evangelism’
Jun01

Conventional Thinking: ‘Hit-and-run evangelism’

“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in Heaven and on Earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age’” (Matt. 28:18-20). Summertime presents an excellent opportunity to advance the...

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