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Sword & trowel: Strange things
Oct12

Sword & trowel: Strange things

The nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court caused instant scrutiny of her life and legal career. One aspect of Barrett’s life to fall immediately under the media microscope was her religious beliefs. Barrett, a devout Catholic, had previously been criticized because the “dogmas lived loudly” in her, meaning she lived out her faith. This cultural and political moment brings up the question once again,...

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FIRST-PERSON: Let’s tell this story to our churches in October
Oct03

FIRST-PERSON: Let’s tell this story to our churches in October

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—October is when we encourage all Southern Baptist churches and congregations to promote our Great Commission mission and ministries giving through the Cooperative Program. Giving through the Cooperative Program is the financial fuel that helps us take Good News to the whole world. Since 1925 our Southern Baptist churches have given more than $19.5 billion through our Cooperative Program in order to accomplish our...

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Sword & trowel: Amused to death
Sep29

Sword & trowel: Amused to death

Netflix, the entertainment giant that has more than 190 million subscribers worldwide and whose stock soared during the pandemic, recently lost at least a few customers. Some social conservatives chose to cancel their Netflix membership over the company deciding to stream the scandalous movie, “Cuties,” which is being (rightly) criticized for graphically depicting a culture that sexualizes preteen girls. Considering reports on how...

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Sword & trowel: Drive-by critics
Sep14

Sword & trowel: Drive-by critics

The other day, I was enjoying some caffeine and conversation at a local coffee shop with some buddies. I must have been talking too loudly and got on a soap box, talking about Christians and morality, when it happened. Another person suddenly burst into our conversation and said, “Hey, I want to challenge what you just said. I know many atheists, and they are some really moral people, too.” Surprised by the sudden comment, I thanked...

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Sword & trowel: Apocalypse now?
Sep01

Sword & trowel: Apocalypse now?

Plagues and disease. Major events unfolding in the Middle East. Astronomical events in the skies. The upending of entire governments and social structures. It’s easy to see why many correspond these events to those described in the Book of Revelation and the end times. The years I’m describing, however, are not 2020; I’m describing happenings or events surrounding the year 1000 A.D., as recalled by one historian. There is a tendency...

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Sword & trowel: Historical amnesia
Aug17

Sword & trowel: Historical amnesia

Amnesia (noun) am·ne·sia | \ am-’nē-zhә  \ 1: loss of memory due usually to brain injury, shock, fatigue, repression or illness 2: a gap in one’s memory 3: the selective overlooking or ignoring of events or acts that are not favorable or useful to one’s purpose or position   Rufus Fears, the late historian who served as a distinguished professor at the University of Oklahoma for many years, once noted that we live in an...

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