So Things Are Not So Bad. . . Right?

I feel cheerful and I am afraid to admit it. I learned a very big lesson fifteen years ago when speaking to a Christian group: cheerfulness does not sell. When I pointed out (then) that we had a decade before the battle for traditional Christian morality was lost forever, most groups would listen and line [Read More…]

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Misunderstood, but not by God

Motives are mixed because in people that’ s what motives do: they confuse themselves and work out in all kinds of actions. Probably the best way to stop God’s work is to sit down and wonder why one is doing what one is doing. Who can be sure? Sometimes we sit doing nothing, examining our hearts [Read More…]

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Miracles, Belief, Politics, and a Sane Life

Miracles in a Sane Life I once watched a person run from a meeting cursing God. My father followed the man out of the meeting and rebuked demonic powers in the name of Jesus. The fleeing man flew up in the air exactly as if he had been cross body blocked. He did not crumple, [Read More…]

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Unafraid of Risk Without Being a Lunatic

A wonderful side of living motivated by love is being unafraid of risk without becoming a lunatic. I watched my Mom and Dad model sane risk taking based in their love for each other, us, and for the people they were serving. Some interesting and wonderful people stayed with us and my brother and I, [Read More…]

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Love God and Do What You You Will

Between the state of the Presidential race and a world where a pastor is crucified on Good Friday, one could be . . . anxious. It is never good to act from anxiety. How do I know? Believe me. I know. How can I avoid doing things out of anxiety? This happens when I am [Read More…]

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Listening to Lucy: The Short Way to God

The know-nothing and the pseudo-intellectual are the same personality type in different zip codes. The know-nothing cannot be taught, because even the possibility he might be wrong enrages him. The pseudo-intellectual cannot be taught, because he already knows the truth and has the credentials to prove it. This is even true of the pseudo-Socratic personality [Read More…]

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What Easter Tells Us About Christianity and Reason

Meet an “Internet atheist” (as opposed to someone in higher education) and you will hear that “faith” is opposed or incompatible with reason. No. That’s not what most Christians believe. Cite Thomas Aquinas, John Chrysostom, and CS Lewis as examples of Christians who gave reasons for faith and you are met with a blank stare. [Read More…]

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My Big Fat Greek Morals Go to the Movies: My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

This is not a movie where spoilers are possible because this is a pleasant little film that dispenses with plot in favor of characters. Dickens sometimes did it, so it can work, and mostly it does here if you anticipate made for television and not Dickens. If there are males in the target market for [Read More…]

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Whatever You Are Doing: Love Is Available

We say we are not judgmental, but we are. Have the wrong views on a political candidate and somebody on social media will not only judge you, they will threaten you. Try being a conservative in philosophy or a liberal in Bible College. We are very judgmental and the worst thing is our judgments are based [Read More…]

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The Son was like the Mother: They Said “Yes”

She said “yes” so the God Man could say “yes.” The mother modeled the behavior for the Son . . . who was God, but also man. Today for Western Christians is odd, because two great holy days happen at once. Today marks the moment when Mary heard the voice of Gabriel who said: “The [Read More…]

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