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Shuddered Churches, Open Anarchy

Another weekend has passed, another Sunday, day one hundred and something since we were told to hunker down and stay out of church. Here in our neck of the woods, our church is still closed. Privately, we've gotten together with friends for some backyard worship, we've of course done things on our own in our… Continue reading Shuddered Churches, Open Anarchy

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The Urgency of Opening

And the church just slips through the cracks again. Every week, I wait eagerly for the email from our pastor telling us that doors are finally going to open - its almost July after all, if anyone is keeping track. Each week, we receive another message explaining why we still can't gather... it's either logistically… Continue reading The Urgency of Opening

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Rotten, Woke Fruit

I'm reading a lot lately about fruit... good fruit vs. bad fruit and how to discern the difference. It's rather straightforward in our Bibles, or at least I thought it was. The book of Luke tells us that good trees bear good fruit, and bad trees bear bad fruit (6:43). So how in the world… Continue reading Rotten, Woke Fruit

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The Real Deal

"The challenge before us then, is not merely to do what God says because He is God, but to desire what God says because He is good. The challenge is not merely to pursue righteousness, but to prefer righteousness. The challenge is to get up in the morning and prayerfully meditate on the Scriptures until… Continue reading The Real Deal

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Fight Fight Fight

Excerpt from The Message Shouting To Us From The Kavanaugh Hearings by Michael Brown of The Christian Post: "I do not know whether Christine Blasey Ford or Brett Kavanaugh is telling the truth. But I do know this: Brett Kavanaugh's impassioned speech, fighting for his life and his family and his reputation and his career,… Continue reading Fight Fight Fight

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Defeater Beliefs

"I'm a Christian, BUT..." "Well sure I believe the Bible is true BUT..." We live in a time and place where fence-sitting could be a national sport. It's good to be grey, bendy, undefined... unless you have defined yourself in which case, be whatever you want. There's always some crazy hoopla surrounding "Christian" celebs or… Continue reading Defeater Beliefs

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Rejecting and Reinterpreting

"Oh be careful little eyes what you see... be careful little ears what you hear... be careful little hands what you do... be careful little feet where you go... be careful little mouth what you say... there's a Father up above and He's looking down in love... so be careful little eyes what you see..." … Continue reading Rejecting and Reinterpreting

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That’s Not How This Works

Photo courtesy: PinterestThere's a funny car insurance commercial floating around where an elderly woman is proudly posting her photos "to her wall" but instead of Facebook, she's just pinning them to her actual wall. Her friend comes in and tells her she's doing it wrong by proclaiming "that's not how this works... that's not how… Continue reading That’s Not How This Works

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Not A Safe Space

"Christians should be creating safe spaces, not ridiculing them." The headline grabbed my attention. It was an article on Patheos that was tagged 'progressive Christian', which, admittedly is not the way I lean, but this is a topic that kind of ruffles my feathers. When I think about it, it's because I see so much more below the… Continue reading Not A Safe Space

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Drifting

  "People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline… Continue reading Drifting