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An Offering From Plate to Pulpit

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Behind every cultural custom or religious ritual is a story. Some of these stories are older and more established than others. Perhaps surprisingly, some of the seemingly time-honored traditions that we hold dear as 21st century believers are fairly modern innovations......

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A Church by any Other Name

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With all due literary respect to Mr. Shakespeare, names are significant. Building a case for the importance of a name is somewhat simple. From the initial naming of creation in Genesis to the new name the faithful receive in Revelation, Scripture emphasizes the importance of a name......

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Exegetical Listening

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As anyone who has ever been in an argument knows, communication is a two-way street. I remember coming home from work one day and, as I began to talk to my wife, I could tell she was having a bad day. “What’s wrong?” I asked her. In an attempt to say that she looked both “frowny” and “grumpy,” I accidentally......

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Alone and In Charge

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Every morning, thousands and thousands of people commute to work. They eat a hasty breakfast, clamber into their cars, and drive - often alone - to their various destinations. These commutes can often take 30 minutes or more. They do this every day......

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Bad Theology Kills

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Turn on the news and you will see that bad theology kills. Literally. In 1978 nearly 1000 people died by mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana as part of Jim Joneses “Peoples Temple.” In 1993, nearly 100 people died in Waco in the aftermath of......

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Christmas Myths!

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Christmas time is upon us! It is a time to celebrate Christ! Though Christmas has a lot of other fun perks (such as caroling, buying gifts, decorating the tree, and fighting people in the parking lot of Walmart for the best deals)......

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Bible Reading Plans

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With each new year come new resolutions. While the end of the year is not the only time for introspection, it certainly affords a natural opportunity to examine ourselves and see how we are doing in our pursuit of Christ......

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Are Christmas and Easter Pagan Holidays?

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I wonder what percentage of the Internet is actually good and helpful and true. This thought occurs to me each time I encounter the common criticism that Christmas and Easter have pagan origins. Such claims are plastered online and used in a philosophical sleight of hand to conclude that Christianity is rooted in paganism......

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Jesus Christ and Pagan Parallels

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Internet sites abound with alleged similarities between the events of the New Testament narrative, in particular the person and work of Jesus Christ, and ancient mythological accounts of gods......

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An Engagement Ring and the Gift of Christ

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Nearly five years have past since I proposed to Kaci and gave her a ring. Occasionally I will still catch her staring at it and smiling. I love those brief moments......

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