Self Inflicted Negatives

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It isn’t very often that a professional sports coach talks about “sin.” “Sin” abounds nearly everywhere yet to hear someone of national stature talk about “sin” is unusual. I came across an article the other day where the writer mentioned Bobby Knight: There is an iconic photograph of Bob Knight in his early-1980s peak, slumped […]

Trying Times

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer lived in troublesome times. He was one of the few clergy in Germany—before Hitler and the Nazis rose to power—to publicly and actively opposed Hitler’s National Socialist German Workers’ Party (NSDAP) ideology; and after Hitler became Führer he challenged Nazi policies against the Jews and the subjugation of all churches. He was one […]

President Who?

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The American elections have come and gone and much to the chagrin of many people the outcome was as unpredictable as it was stunning! Nearly every political pundit, pollster, reporter and most journalists got it wrong—the very candidate they laughed to scorn and wrote off as a jokester, ridiculed by the media, and disdained by […]

The Longest Yard

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Recently I was given the opportunity to visit Heinz Field which is home to the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers. During my visit, I had the opportunity to stand on the field where the team plays. As I was surveying the sights and pondering what it must be like to be on the field and look up […]

Living In A Paradox

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Many of us are living in a paradox. This is made clear by Christ in his prayer for his disciples: I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I am not asking you to […]

The Bible Cure

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THESE are the times that try men’s souls, were the words written by American Patriot Thomas Paine in December of 1776. The Revolutionary War was far from over and its fate uncertain. Paine wrote a series of sixteen pamphlets which he titled: The American Crisis, from 1776 to 1783. His purpose was to inspire the […]

Celebrate Life

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Celebrate Life While sitting in the dentist office the other day I happened to browse through one of the many magazines one often finds in doctors’ offices. I found one well know magazine intriguing because it featured several recent news events. The first was the sad story of Brittany Maynard who— after doctors told Maynard […]

It’s A MAD World

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In 1963 the slapstick comedy film, “It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” was released. The film begins with a car accident on a lonely freeway in the Southern Californian desert: ex-convict Smiler Grogan (Jimmy Durante) loses control of his car and drives it off a cliff. Five motorists stop to assist Grogan but he […]

How Would Jesus Vote?

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This year’s presidential election has all the makings of a nail biter right down to the wire. As with all elections a certain amount of heated rhetoric comes complete with point and counterpoint worthy of a heavyweight title fight. Most politicians are looking for that one catch-phrase that will hook the electorate and propel them […]

Danger Of Serving Two Masters

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Laurence Vance is a libertarian columnist whose pet peeve is the militarization of the church. His latest column “Serving Two Masters” stands out; No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve […]