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ReThink

I used to think that we needed to pause for a long time after “the wages of sin…” When I served as pastor of a Lutheran Brethren church for 15 years, I found several good friends in the local Evangelical Pastors’ Fellowship. Our group would hold joint worship services twice per year, at Thanksgiving and

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Unbreakable

The word “diamond” is derived from the ancient Greek word adámas, which means unbreakable. Diamonds are the hardest known material on the planet. They are formed deep below the earth’s surface when pockets of carbon dioxide encounter extreme heat and high pressure. These unique conditions cause the carbon atoms to bond together. Over time, something

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The Spiral of Silence

The U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges decision, making same-sex “marriage” a constitutionally protected “right,” is rightly regarded by advocates and opponents alike as a tipping point for the nation’s sexual revolution. The decision itself was hardly a surprise. “Blue states” had been approving homosexual marriage for years1 while the White House was

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The World is Not Our Home

For much of the 20th century, we Americans lived in a nation that at least paid lip service to the Judeo-Christian values upon which our nation was founded. As a Christian, it was pretty easy to feel “at home” in most places in America. What you heard on Sunday mornings in your church was not

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Is It Soup Yet?

This analogy probably wasn’t George Barna’s in the first place, but he brought it to my attention with the title of his book The Frog in the Kettle. The idea is that if you drop a frog into a shallow kettle of boiling water, the frog won’t die. It will react to the heat and

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