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Are You A “Good Person?” and the Question of Moral Depravity

Are You A “Good Person?” and the Question of Moral Depravity

I am chilled by the above picture recently shared by the Canadian Museum for Human rights. It is a great candid shot of a bunch of normal “twenty-sum-things” enjoying some time off. Look at their faces! They are smiling, having a grand time. You can see the three young men eating up the attention of this cadre of attractive young women. It is a regular summer day and these young folks seem to be doing what any their age would be doing, having a bunch of innocent flirtatious fun. The only caveat to this group is that…

“Acceptable Sins” and Why The Church Needs the Gospel

“Acceptable Sins” and Why The Church Needs the Gospel

Recently I had the privilege of hearing a preacher bring the word of God to a congregation. He challenged me in some ways. However coming away from the sermon, I was a bit disturbed. I generally do not like to assume a posture of critique toward a preacher or sermon, it is not healthy because both lose, but especially the listener.   Nevertheless as the church engages the culture, which includes the Church itself, how we articulate ourselves is something we…

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How the Gospel Speaks to the Environment?

How the Gospel Speaks to the Environment?

Just this last week, just after entering office, President Donald J. Trump made some sweeping executive orders, not the least controversial being a clamp-down on the EPA communications. This sent shock-waves through an ever growing public concern over climate change. Badlands national park issued some alarming statistics on their twitter account and then deleted them. I am  a free market, limited government, economic personalist kind of guy. Nevertheless, I sit here now in a suburb of Providence Rhode Island nestled in the midst of  the…

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The Church and Political Change | How Should we Respond?

The Church and Political Change | How Should we Respond?

This last week marked the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States. In general we do not like political or social change. For some Trump is being hailed as a political Savior as Obama was eight years ago. For others, a Trump presidency marks the apocalyptic end of our Republic. Of course, neither are true. What is different this election is how the Church, in all its forms seems so much more divided. Hardcore Republicans and many Christians dissociated with Trump….

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How Christianity Sacked Rome with the Good-News | An Admonishment to A Waning Western Church

How Christianity Sacked Rome with the Good-News | An Admonishment to A Waning Western Church

The present problem is that in many ways, the Church in the west is waning. It is not getting stronger, but weaker. The behavior and culture of the early church present an instructive example from which to look. We of course cannot recreate the exact same conditions. But speaker and business coach Brian Tracy has observed that if you want to be successful at something, then look at someone who already succeeded at it, and then just do what they did.(2) So perhaps the early Church has some insights that we can successfully apply to the culture…

Are Christianity and the Church Becoming Irrelevant?

Are Christianity and the Church Becoming Irrelevant?

In 1998 Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong offered a clarion call for the church saying in his book (by the same name) “Why Christianity must change or Die.” In the second of his two successive subtitles the cover also read, “A new reformation of the Church’s faith and practice.” In this call Spong set out a new agenda for Christianity and the Church, namely to dispense with its so called outdated and “literalized propositional” views. Simply put, Spong suggested that…

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