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Is There a Christian Way to Think About Kavanaugh?

The country is like a volcano that is ready to erupt. Smoke is billowing. If the eruption comes, it won’t matter if one is a man or a woman, a Democrat or a Republican, a Conservative or a Progressive, everyone … Continue reading

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How to Face Suffering

How should we think about suffering? How can we endure it when we’re the ones suffering? Click the link below to hear a 27-minute sermon titled, “Trial by Fire,” informed by 1 Peter 4:12-19. How to Face Suffering

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How to Talk with a Child about Death

Every time a celebrity dies unexpectedly, the news and entertainment industry nearly overwhelms us with coverage. If the celebrity dies by his or her own hand, the news-storm stalls out and rains reports and rumors on us for weeks. Among … Continue reading

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Are You a Person of Peace?

What criteria are used in selecting people for leadership positions in our workplaces, government offices, and churches? Leaders must be smart people who operate from a wide-ranging knowledge base and who reason well. They must also be tough people who … Continue reading

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Why a Dose of Awe May Be All the Medicine You Need

There is a not-so-new but surprisingly effective aid for treating many social, personal, and spiritual problems: awe. If you’re stressed out, worried about money, or breathlessly short of time, you need to get your mind blown. Recent science suggests that … Continue reading

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Course Correction Required

When Apollo 11 was on its way to the moon, it was sometimes necessary to fire the engines of either the Lunar Module or the Service Module to alter direction. These “burns” included, on both the outbound and inbound journeys, … Continue reading

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Boy, Was the President Ever Wrong About That!

President Trump recently told Evangelical leaders from the U.S. that Evangelicals stand to lose everything in the upcoming midterm elections. Don’t believe it! I’ve linked a CT article by Michael Horton, the J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and … Continue reading

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Everyone Loves a Winner

Everyone loves a winner. Or hates a winner. It depends how he or she won. Ashley Thomas, a researcher in cognitive development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard, has found that even very young children have a predilection … Continue reading

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Avoid Using “Insider” Language

Groups that have been together for a while develop their own way of communicating – an insider language, a kind of fraternal dialect. They understand each other, but outsiders get the feeling they’re missing something. This is usually not intentional, … Continue reading

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Take Responsibility for Your Own Thoughts

The thoughts that enter a person’s consciousness over a period of months, years, and decades will have a determinative effect on the character of that person and the quality of life he or she experiences. In other words, what a … Continue reading

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