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Heaven is Now

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Heaven & Earth Most of my good lines I rip off from Woody Allen and most of my good insights I rip off from RC Jr. And his material was stolen from either his father or C.S. Lewis. There — full disclosure; we have nothing new to give you but we’re still not offering any refunds. Doing my homework I can trace the notion of heaven on earth that has been intriguing me to Lewis’ The Great Divorce, where in the preface he opines with regard to how the existence we’ve known on earth will appear in hindsight after Christ’s. . .
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The Gospel Learned & Re-learned

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The Gospel Learned & Re-learned

I have been listening to my teachers and pastors speak about our relationship with God for some years now and slowly the drip, drip of this Gospel teaching is wearing through the hard rock that is my heart. The tape that we all have in our heads runs a certain default message again and again through our minds and it can be a blessing or a curse depending on the message. Unfortunately for most of us the message is negative and we spend our lives trying to change the messages or simply get the messages to stop. My reoccurring message. . .
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Count the Cost of a Faithful Life

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Count the Cost

Count the Cost of Following Jesus When was the last time you heard of someone witnessing like this: Pick up your cross/noose/electric chair and follow me. Die daily. Sell all your worldly possessions and follow me. If you choose to say that Christ is Lord you will not know a moment’s peace the rest of your days which will be few by the way. Apostles Suffered The apostles were such evangelists. And they then suffered the fate that they warned about. They were persecuted, beaten and ultimately killed. Only John died a natural death. The rest were crucified, burned, stoned. . .
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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 Evangelism Worth It?

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Is evangelism worth it?

Evangelism Disappointments If you’ve ever found yourself discouraged or beating yourself up over how poorly you handled a situation where you were trying to share your faith, I have sort of an inoculation for you. This is not a license to succumb to the fatalistic tendencies that often prevail among Calvinists. “Since God predestines everything, I’ll play video games all night and skip out on going to our church’s neighborhood outreach.” This is more for the times we do what God calls us to do and things don’t work out the way we pray they will. When this happens to. . .
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Grown Up Idolatry—Work, Wealth & Security

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Security Blanket Like many children his age, my fourteen-month-old son has a “security blanket” that we call Mr. Lion. Mr. Lion has so entirely bewitched by son under his cute and comforting spell that my son is thoroughly convinced that sleep is not physically possible if he is not holding Mr. Lion. And he voices his opinion on the matter quite loudly! In one sense, it is a small matter and appropriate at his age. On the other hand, I did not have a homeschool lesson on how to find comfort in everyday objects. There was no instruction on how. . .
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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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Here Am I Lord

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Here Am I Lord

“There are fewer clinics now than in previous years, which means that more women are going to have unwanted children, which will lead to lots more abuse, and lots more neglect [of those children].” I tuned out the broadcaster as he moved on to the next story. The radio was set to NPR, and I was listening to the BBC world service, which had privileged its listeners with this extraordinary bit of reasoning, coinciding with the fortieth anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Summing up was simple; in order to prevent the possibility of a future crime, increased opportunity for mothers. . .
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We’re Getting Warmer—Family Time

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Home Fires Burning Three years ago while building our house we installed both a chimney and an electric heat pump. The heat pump was for present use. The chimney was for the future, standing cold and dormant while the heat pump did its work. For all the benefits that it does have, there is something missing from the heat pump experience—and not something crucial, like heat. Although a heat pump keeps the pipes from freezing, one cannot stand over the grate and actually get warm. Instead, there’s a draft—a mildly lukewarm breeze that actually sends chills down my spine just. . .
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Wisdom of the Crowd

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Wisdom of the Crowd

In a recent interview with NPR, former vice president and global warming wonk, Al Gore, was asked yet again about America’s response to “climate change.” He said a number of different and very familiar things, but one phrase in particular caught my ear; he spoke of the “wisdom of the crowd,” referring to the public’s supposed increase in concern over global warming because of Hurricane Sandy. Before you tune out, this is not about global warming. It is about the idiocy of the “wisdom of the crowd.” Let’s consider some of the brilliant decisions of “the crowd.” It was the. . .
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