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Irony and America’s cultural slide

Ironic, isn’t it? Polls claim more Americans now favor civil liberties related to lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders and queers (isn’t the last word redundant?), but seem ignorant to those delineated in the Bill of Rights. A Barna study reports that 32 percent of practicing Protestants (wonder how they define that?) favor changing laws to enable…

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Remembering…

As a means of introduction to this Memorial Day commemoration, these are all photos I’ve taken during my travels. The photos of the National Cemetery in Hamm, Luxembourg were taken during my enlistment in the US Army and a trip I took to Luxembourg while stationed in West Germany six years before the Berlin Wall…

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Must dating be so complicated?

That didn’t take long! Not two weeks after returning to a town I spent a significant chunk of my life in I was asked the one question I’m sure many single adults have been asked by well-meaning friends. Keep in mind, while people here still know me, I’ve been gone for the large part of…

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Hey pastor: quit shooting at me!

I am not going to lay claim to the following statement, but it certainly has some similar tones to thoughts I’ve had myself. The following was taken from the Church for Men Facebook page: “Have you ever noticed how pastors gush over the moms on Mother’s Day, but on Father’s Day the message is, ‘Straighten…

Casting Crowns during the "Until The Whole World Hears Tour" in Bakersfield, Calif. © Todd Fitchette

Let all that I am praise the Lord!

It’s wonderful how we can be encouraged by a conversation and a simple reference to the Psalms. I was sharing a bit of my story this morning with a good friend and a pastor at the church I’ll be attending again, once my relocation is complete. One of the points I wanted to make with…

By Arnold C (Buchanan-Hermit) (Own work) [Attribution], via Wikimedia Commons

Prosperity gospel exposed in rhyme

I recently came across a social media link referencing a rapper I previously never heard of, tackling an issue that has replayed in my mind over the years, particularly as I’ve watched friends praise various people the rapper berates in rhyme. Rap artist Shai Linne managed to gather some press of late, taking on some…

By Lorenz kerscher at en.wikipedia [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], from Wikimedia Commons

Social media and single Christians

Social media, for its various ills, does have its shining examples worthy of notice, particularly by the Christian community. No longer are the large Christian media and outreach organizations the sole purveyors of issues that the church ought to, but still sadly, isn’t talking about. My purpose here isn’t necessarily to criticize the larger Christian organizations,…