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The Problem with Conspiracy Theories

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The Problem with Conspiracy Theories

Conspiracy Theories & Gossip When nations gossip we often call it a conspiracy. Sometimes the conspiracy sounds plausible but others are so absurd that you just have to wonder how any rational person could believe such nonsense. Often, the plot is so complex and the number of people involved so large that you have to throw out everything we know about human nature to believe the story we are told. After all, the Scriptures do assert that we are prone to gossip. It is a sin God warns us about more than once, presumably because we needed that warning. And. . .
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You Can Live Set Apart & as Salt and Light

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Living Set Apart as Salt and Light

Tension in the Christian Life The people of God are known in this day as the church. The church is understood properly by several analogies or descriptions in Scripture — the body of Christ, the ekklesia, the elect of God, the chosen lady, the bride of Christ, and so on. All of these have commonality while describing different facets of our relationship to God as His people, and our relationships with each other. How to Be “Set Apart” One interesting way of describing this relationship is the commonwealth of God. This is a covenantal term, describing a bonding together for. . .
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Your TV is a Contentment Killer

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Your TV is a Contenment Killer

Trading Contentment for Gadgets They’re designed to make us discontented, covetous, and miserable, unless we buy, buy, buy. “How many new gadgets do you need?” “Just a few more.” The Lord offers us the kingdom, if we’ll seek Him first and His righteousness. And we trade that for what the world has to offer. We look to the world for our worth and to tell us how we should look, what we should pursue and how many children we should have. Then we wonder why we’re miserable. Could it be that we’re chasing after the wrong thing? As soon as. . .
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God’s Providence Gives Hope

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God's Providence Brings Hope

God’s Providence When it Looks Hopeless There is a lot of fear out there over what the government will do next. Will we be taxed insensible? Will our guns and gold be seized? Will homeschooling remain legal? Must we obtain more registrations and numbers from the central government? Are the banks going bankrupt? Will the dollar devalue into uselessness? Things look very grim. But we are already taxed insensible, gold was already seized once (in 1933), homeschooling has often been treated as illegal, we already have a universal government registration number, the banks have been essentially bankrupt for decades, the. . .
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Words, Meanings, & Gender Neutral Pronouns

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Words, Meanings, & Gender Neutral Pronouns

Gender Neutral Pronouns Deconstruct Language In a 1981 essay on abortion titled A View of Abortion To Offend Everybody, Catholic doctor and novelist Walker Percy laments the “fobbing off of rhetoric” in the abortion debate. He also laments, particularly because he is a novelist, the “chronic misuse of words” that colored the debate at the time, and still does. Percy considers it his duty to maintain the validity and fidelity of words, as a writer who “trafficks in words and meanings.” This defense of rightly understood and articulated language within social and spiritual debate by pro-lifer Walker Percy concerning the. . .
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Is it Game On? Video Games & the Christian Man

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If you have gone into any store that sells electronics or seen any ads on TV or online, you are probably already aware that there are new video game consoles on the way. Or you may pay no attention to such things, in which case I am informing you that there are new, very pricey, and cutting edge gaming systems planned for release this Christmas. And I am not buying one. A brief preface for the following. Obviously, as with any form of entertainment, all is not wonderful in video game land, where there are horrid games and endless hours. . .
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Does On Demand TV Leave Time for Good?

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Our enemy is tricky He’s been around a long time and he is patient. When you overcome him one way he always returns. He’s not quitting anytime soon, and just when you think you’ve beat him, don’t relax. He’s already found another way. Turning Off the TV More than a decade ago my wife and I decided we wanted a different life for our family than most, so one of the things we did was stop watching television. Turning off the cable and packing away the antenna, we thought, would save us some money, help us keep some of the. . .
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Hate Speech

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Friendly Debate As I sat working in my office, a knock was heard; it was the orthodox Jew I had recently met. I had gotten to know him well enough that we could venture into some difficult conversations. Clutched in his hand was a Hebrew Old Testament. He was energized from our last conversation, and I could tell that he was ready for battle. I reached for my sword, the Hebrew version to match his weapon of choice, and after mutual salutations, I let him take the first blow. Fortunately, God had prepared me for this battle. I thought I. . .
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Introducing Salt Talks

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Salt Talks: In the Company of Men 1

The newest resources at Highlands Ministries are the Salt Talks. The Salt Talks are conversations with men and women, just like you, who are trying to be salt and light in their homes, churches, and communities. Join Pastor Laurence Windham as he leads these fun and revealing conversations on the struggles and triumphs of living and working for King Jesus. We hope that you will be encouraged and inspired to do great things for the Kingdom. Even if those “great things” are quite ordinary. The first two conversations in this series are about the importance and blessing of male friendships as we work, play,. . .
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Don’t Let Them In

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Don't Let Them In—The Power of Advertising

Power of Advertising I never understand why a large corporation like Nike would pay Tiger Woods $40 million to basically wear a hat with their logo on it. I tried, but for a while I just couldn’t figure it out. The math just wouldn’t add up. My thinking went something like this. Two million people see Woods wearing his Nike hat during the Memorial Tournament. Of that two million, so many would buy a hat. I even tried to figure how much profit they could make from each hat. On and on I went down the line trying to understand. . .
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Us and Them, A Basement Tape about the Antithesis

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We serve a God of divisions. He separated night from day, land from sea, and the seed of the woman from the seed of the serpent. In our day the church has lost sight of this most fundamental truth, we are at war with all God’s enemies. Join us as we talk through the calling of antithesis, that we are not just called to set apart, but are set apart, and that that truth changes everything.  

What about separation of church and state?

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Written: October 2011 As we gyrate through the pre-election candidates’ masquerade event, we glimpse bits of the guests’ secret faces and wonder about their closeted pasts.  Shhh-did you hear? Oh, sorry, careful, but anyway her husband councils people queerly, and, yes, I am certain now, the dancer in the cowboy boots sponsored an event with public prayer – Jesus and everything. Of course you’re shocked dear. We all are. Ooof, whose foot did I just step on? It’s those dominionists I tell you, they’re the ones forcing their churchy noses into everybody’s business. Why can’t they just stay in their. . .
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Obamacare and the Good Samaritan

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Written in 2012   The giant news all week was the hearings before the Supreme Court over the Obamacare health plan. Twenty-seven states sued to have the mandated insurance program overturned. It was the government’s contention that everyone must somehow have health insurance and that the government should be the entity deciding the nature and limits of that care. The states pushed back, asserting the feds had no such power to make people buy health insurance, and that the proposed government system is in fact unconstitutional. Amidst all the articles, arguments, and buzzing buzz this week I rarely heard any. . .
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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Antithesis.

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You don’t get to where I am without a lot of mistakes along the way. Where I am is a middle-aged man, husband, father, friend, etc. I’m sure that many of you feel the same way. With the increase of hairs in the drain comes an increase in reflection and often that involves a bit of regret. Or a lot of regret, like the shooting of that egret. One of my biggest regrets is not being so much us that I saw them for what they were, the enemy. That is where much of the church is today I’m afraid.. . .
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A Biblical Response to Climate Change

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A Biblical View of Climate Change

Super Storm Sandy, Katrina, western drought, northern snow records, have all been supposed evidence of global climate change. With every troubling weather event we are informed with dire assertions and breathless prophetic assurances that surely, we are seeing the hand of omnipotent nature slapping us again for our infractions against the planet. Have we angered Gaia? Has evolution brought us to our diminishing demise as we pollute our way into oblivion? Will our species die as the planet is throttled by man’s strings of environmental malfeasance? The ice packs are melting and the oceans are rising and, still, here we. . .
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Hobby Lobby Heroes

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In this first week of January, 2013, the Hobby Lobby legal fight is an opening salvo marking an historic moment for America and the American church. With the results of the presidential election in, and the direction seemingly set for our aggregate futures, it may be more than a bit surprising to the non-Christian (even anti-Christian) society at large to see the Hobby Lobby owners in a direct confrontation with the powers that be. Steadfast Christians that they are, they cannot in good conscience, pay for government mandated health insurance that pays for birth control drugs, some of which they. . .
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A Christian Response to Gun Control

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It started in 1866, that is, the beginning of gun control laws in Ottoman Turkey. Article 166 was the first, then further laws were enacted in 1911 and 1915. First permits were required, then came a government list of all gun owners, and finally, a ban on possession. It was gradual. The entire process took 49 years. Finally however, the citizens were disarmed. The government, of course, was not. The death toll? So many their number was never fully counted, 1 million to 1.5 million Armenians, mostly Christian people, who had become helpless before their enemies. In the Soviet Union. . .
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Mass Shootings and the Terror Culture

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This week’s mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut instantly became the talk across America. Everyone wondered how anyone could so callously murder twenty little kids, and six adults, with seemingly no remorse. It is an ugly day, a tragic era, when these kinds of things are brought before our faces. It is disconcerting to me though, how our responses and expectations have changed over the past few decades. I am thinking about our emotional response to this event, and how different it is from a similar one 46 years ago. It was in August of 1966 that Charles Whitman, a college. . .
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Mission to Restore America: Fiscal Cliff Follies

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All this talk about the fiscal cliff has gotten the attention of more Americans than any economic question in recent months. A problem like this is made more quantifiable when a date is attached, January 1st. It is like a cheap alien flick where the invading space ships have been detected, their speed calculated, and their date of descent fixed. Do what you can to get ready before the disaster is upon you. At least, as a Christian man, I know that there are answers to this, and any other similar conundrums, within the framework of Biblical thought. We know. . .
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Kingdom of God Advances: Humanist Nations Totter

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With a gasp of horror, conservative Christians felt their hearts ripped loose as the election counts came in. Anyone having the slightest caution of Biblical understanding reasoned that the American people have just received a severing blow to their pocketbooks and their freedom. Like a gravity bomb from 10,000 feet, the impending crash appears predestined. What exactly do faithful Christians do when the end of days appears, as objects in your rearview mirror, closer than you think?   This is no time for quoting fuzzy platitudes. We hate those don’t we? Just trust, help is only a prayer away, footsteps. . .
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