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What’s in a Name?

In our own western culture the connection between names and meaning is rather slight. I know this, in part, because I am one of those annoying, but well meaning, people who goes about attempting to engage others in witty conversation, only to discover 7 times out of 10...
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A Painful Father’s Day

Pain is the common lot of humanity. We cause most of our own pain directly or indirectly, and find the ultimate source of our deepest pain in the general human condition… caused, if one believes the Scriptures, by man. Somehow, even in the church, we have bought into...
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Successful Charity vs. Dysfunctional Enablement

When do you know that your charity efforts have been successful? You have not succeeded when a stream of the same hungry people eat from your hand day after day for years… though you will think so because you’ll tell yourself that this is better than having them...
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Why is the Media So Liberally Biased?

Why is the media so liberally biased? You might say, “It’s not liberally biased.” In which case I imagine that you are left leaning and quite content with a sweeping bias that snuggles so nicely into your own perception of the world… and you are unlikely to be...
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Should Christians be Patriotic?

Should Christians be patriotic? Great question, I’m glad you asked. The best answer I can give up front is, “What do you mean by patriotic?” Definition is always the best place to begin. Without definition of key terms each person in a discussion fills in those terms with...
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Off to India: What I do with My Summer Vacations

I went to Bible college at the age of 19. I’d worked construction for most of my summers through high school, and, while keenly interested in the ministry, imagined that I’d spend my life as a lay leader working full time in the trades. So, upon graduation from...
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