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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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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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What Does Discipleship Have to Do with Emotional Health?

What Does Discipleship Have to Do with Emotional Health?

What does discipleship have to do with mental and emotional health? For some that might be a novel question. Emotions have everything to do with discipleship. The morally wrong things (sin) we do to ourselves and each other lead to the deep emotional wounds most of us carry. Discipleship is learning to tame the emotions through the truth of the Gospel. There is growing clinical and professional literature today on what is called “emotional intelligence” or emotional functioning. As businesses…

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What is the Gospel? | 5 Hope-giving Gospel Truths in the Story of Jesus

What is the Gospel? | 5 Hope-giving Gospel Truths in the Story of Jesus

If someone asked you “What is the Gospel?” Could you answer them? What bearing does it have? I think even many Christians today would struggle to answer. Let’s take a few minutes to consider five key facets of this ancient gem. 1. The Gospel is a message — From the New Testament books we call “the four Gospels,” Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, it is a message to be proclaimed. The Great Commission in Matthew 28:19–20 commands the apostolic Church…

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