God’s credit card

It's something we've all done at least once––get into credit card trouble. We rack up our limit either on odds or ends, perhaps necessities, and then we wonder how in the world we're going to pay it off. The time comes, and we finally do pay it off––perhaps we're able to pay it off with …

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The Master Craftsman at work in us

It was July 4th, and due to COVID 19, our smalltown historical society museum had been closed for quite a while. But we decided to reopen on the 4th to...well, not such a big crowd. Though, that's unfortunately the norm for the museum. But inside, those of us who were there as volunteer greeters and …

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Thoughts on a 2020 Independence Day

One year ago at this time, no one would have ever expected this Fourth of July to have been so disrupted. Not in my wildest dreams would I, six months ago––heck two months ago when we were still in lockdown––expect our Fourth of July celebrations to be cancelled. And our nation to be in such …

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A Reason to Worship in the Midst of Chaos

This morning I had gotten up and made my wife a little breakfast before she headed out to work. I grabbed a cup of coffee before I needed to get ready for work, myself, and did the usual checking email and social media messages and whatnot. But the unfortunate thing about social media in the …

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What’s Going On?

Back in 1971, Marvin Gaye released a poignant song titled "What's Going On?" related to the turbulent times of the era. Now, 50 years later, things don't seem to be much better. In fact, they may be worse in some ways. What in the world is going on? It seems that the world around us …

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Apostasy and Heresy is Suddenly Percolating (3 of 3)

Concluding our series on heresy and apostasy, I would like to take a few moments to bring the previous two posts together. The first post touched on the recent apparent apostasies (turning from the faith) of two high profile Christians, Joshua Harris and Marty Sampson, which has been in the news recently. The second post …

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Apostasy and Heresy is Suddenly Percolating (Part 2 of 3)

On  yesterday's post, I had talked about recent apostasy (turning away from the faith) among two well-known public figures--one a former megachurch pastor; and the other a singer/songwriter and worship leader. Today, I'd like to talk about two particular heresies going around that are quite prevalent. One is Progressive Christianity (PC), and the other is …

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Apostasy and Heresy is Suddenly Percolating (Part 1 of 3)

It seems that within a short amount of time--say, within the past six months--I have been seeing quite a lot of heresy floating around. And some of it is from some quite well-known and (formerly) well-respected people. That's not to say that the heresy has been new among them, but that I've just been learning …

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Flashback Friday Album Review: Rock in a Hard Place

My introduction to Bloodgood was their 1987 effort, Detonation. I remember hanging out on the steps of my brother's church--of which he was the youth leader--hearing some of the older and way-cooler, long-haired youth groupers talking to him about Detonation and its chilling, "Alone in Suicide." That, plus it's awesome cover art, and the fact …

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Flashback Friday Album Review: Welcome to the Freakshow

Electrifying. That might be the best way to describe DC Talk's live performance captured for their 1996 release, Welcome to the Freak Show. It was easy to see that the band gave all they got on this tour, and then some. The youthful energy of the group (or seemingly youthful--the boys were in their 30s …

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