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Why Secularism Failed to Deliver More Tolerance

  Many people are beginning to recognize division and intolerance are everywhere, and they are only getting stronger and more hostile. College campuses have to deal with violent rioting over speakers with certain viewpoints while at the same time creating “safe spaces” for students threatened by opposing ideas. Is this the legacy of progressivism: fight o...

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If the Discrimination fits, Wear It

    “Discrimination” has become one of the great taboos of our culture. Dropping this word upon someone is the ultimate insult that is expected to make a person fall over themselves in apologies. Historically, discrimination was the go-to word for prejudices perpetuated against ethnic minorities. More recently, the LGBT community has had almost tot...

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Has Tom Brady Found What He Is Looking For?

  It was a record breaking night for the NFL’s biggest game. All told there were 27 different records broken. In the middle of it all was Tom Brady. His presence and performance alone were 10 of those 27 records. Clearly Tom Brady has not only reached but cemented his place in football history and joined the league of the world’s greatest athletes of al...

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Putting Christmas back in Christ

By: Hannah Ploegstra ------19 December 2016------- For many Christians, Christmas can be a rather conflicted season. Ever notice how we gripe our way through the season, over-spending on toys and junk, over-eating, and letting ourselves get "way too busy"… while with the very same breath bemoaning the loss of the "reason for the season" and the way the world has t...

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Putting Christmas back in Christ

By: Hannah Ploegstra ------19 December 2016------- For many Christians, Christmas can be a rather conflicted season. Ever notice how we gripe our way through the season, over-spending on toys and junk, over-eating, and letting ourselves get "way too busy"… while with the very same breath bemoaning the loss of the "reason for the season" and the way the world has t...

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Abortion: “Privately against but publicly for” is to be publicly foolish

  During the Vice Presidential debate the nation got to hear a particular abortion position articulated. Candidate Tim Kaine stated that he was privately against abortion, but supported the right to have abortions. Is this a morally legitimate position? Is this an aspect of what American Christianity can look like? Can we support policies that are sin against God? T...

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Your belief that “Character Matters” will now be tested

  As the election draws near to voting day we keep learning more and more about the candidates. The more we know, the more we wish we didn’t know. Sadly, we are not surprised by any of it. Every new revelation fits into what we already knew, just like slime fits onto whatever it covers. The real question that confronts the evangelical voter is this, “Doe...

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The Only Way To Not Waste Your Vote

  Politics is not a fantasy world. You have not entered the realm of werewolves and vampires, where a silver bullet or a clove of garlic is going to vanquish the problem. We still live in this ole’ cursed world, where issues still spring up from the heart, and sin has never been something you can manage. The reality John Owen spoke of still has a gorilla-grip h...

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You Have Superpowers

  We have all been asked the question. If you could choose just one superpower, what would it be? Today I heard an expert weigh in on the issue. During an interview on Up To Date, hosted by Kansas City Star’s Steve Kraske, two long time science fiction writers, George R.R. Martin and Melinda M. Snodgrass, were asked this very question. I was very interested. He...

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The American Quandary

  I want to think about America in this blog post. I realize that addressing the American experiment, as some have called it, is wading into the swirling whirlpool of topics that include government, religion, and freedom. Yet Christians everywhere are feeling the compulsion to explain what is happening in the land we love. The changes that have been slow and subtle o...

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An Orlando Shooting Surprise: When Your Love Is Called Hate

  Sometimes I think redefining words is the Devil’s favorite pastime. It is like rolling a snowball and seeing how big it gets. Since words and truth go hand in hand, if you can mess with words you can create time bombs out of vocabulary. Faith, love, grace, gospel all sound like good biblical words, and they are. But when they are covertly redefined, as done b...

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Two Keys for Engaging with Blatant Sinners

  As our culture continues its secularizing journey, we in the church will be faced with more and more quandaries about how to deal with the unbelieving world. Our difficulty comes when we seek to be faithful to Scripture which appears, to skeptics, to have conflicting commands. Before addressing such objections, we remember that our presuppositions about Scripture p...

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You Will Know Them By Their Votes

  When Jesus spoke those penetrating words in Matt 7:20, “you will know them by their fruits” he clearly was speaking about the outworking’s of a person’s whole life. But a part of our lives as Americans is that we get to vote. This means our voting is necessarily one of the fruits of our lives, by which our profession of faith will either be ...

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Father’s day: An unneeded holiday for an unneeded person?

  Unintended consequences are the thorn in the side of every good intention. Simply because intentions are good, does not mean the idea is good. I have heard of people trying to raise raccoons, only to be mauled by them. George Washington died in large part due to bloodletting, which was a standard medical practice of the day. These and countless other activities hav...

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The Slavery That Freedom Requires

  On December 14, 2012 Albert Mohler, the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, did an interview with Os Guinness. This interview was transcribed and posted on Al Mohler’s blog on March 18, 2013. It was a very interesting discussion about one of Guinness’s books titled A Free People’s Suicide: Sustainable Freedom ...

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Preparing Children for a Pornographic Age: One helpful key

  Sin complicates everything. It creates situations where there will be pain in every decision. Sometimes, you don’t walk into that kind of mess, you are carried into it by a cultural groundswell. Such is the place that every parent finds themselves today. The sexualization of our culture is growing every day and simple avoidance is becoming more and more diffi...

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