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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…

Who Are Your Heroes? — The Power of Example

Who Are Your Heroes? — The Power of Example

For President’s Day, I could not resist the temptation to tip our hats to the presidents. I have never been able to visit Mt. Rushmore in person, but I hope I get to. It looks breathtaking. In light of our recent political history, many of us are a little jaded regarding our political leaders. We have on more than one occasion been sold the bill of “hope” and “change” only to find our country in a new war, being more in debt,…

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Is Bitterness Ruining Your Marriage and Relationships?

Is Bitterness Ruining Your Marriage and Relationships?

Are you secretly damaging your relationships? It is easy to do if you are harboring bitterness. It can come out of nowhere. Hebrews 12:15 says, “See to it that no one fail to obtain the grace of God; that no ‘root of bitterness’ spring up and cause trouble, and by it many become defiled.” The consequences of unresolved anger and bitterness are costly. It destroys marriages, families, and even organizations. It destroys lives too. We cannot just “let it go.”…

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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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5 Reasons Why We Must Preach the Gospel to the Church

5 Reasons Why We Must Preach the Gospel to the Church

It goes without saying that the Church was commissioned to preach the Gospel to the World. Jesus commanded his Church to tell his good news to all nations, baptizing and teaching all he commanded (Matthew 28:19–20). But often we take the body of believers for granted. How about us? How badly does the rank-and-file Christian need the Gospel?

4 Things the Church Can do to Stop and Heal Racism

4 Things the Church Can do to Stop and Heal Racism

Just for a moment, consider that Jesse Washington, the victim of the Waco lynching was innocent. And he most likely was. He was only 17 years old. I have a 17 year old. How would I look on as my 17 year old was falsely accused, partially dismembered, and slowly burned to death. I think this is “unconstitutional.” I remember something about “cruel and unusual punishment” in it. What torment did he go through? I am not sure how a parent ever gets over something like that…