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Secular Humanism vs. "Cosmic" Humanism: Do you know the difference?

Imagine there’s no heaven …no hell below us…above us only sky.  When you grow up hearing things like this, your worldview is built upon what us basically-good humans can achieve by our own will and might.   As one raised in secular humanism, I am thrilled to hear that the particular brand of atheism I […]

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Which way is the Church headed?

When we understand who Jesus is and how His atonement mirrored the sacrificial symbolism of Jewish tradition, the meaning of the cross becomes clearer. But these days there is a movement within the Church toward a faith that has very little to do with our Hebrew roots, and even less to do with Jesus’ sacrifice […]

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Christian Responsibility to our Nation

There can be no doubt that America is at an important crossroad.  Economically, we are drowning in debt as the federal government attempts to become a nanny state and more Americans develop a sense of entitlement.  On the world scene we are trying to manage a potentially explosive situation in the Middle East as Iran […]

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Christians and the culture of tolerance

What were the beliefs of our founding fathers? Is it true that many were deists, and what difference would that make? Many Christians in America are wondering how the history of our nation’s constitution is important to our liberty today, and what to make of the culture of tolerance sweeping into our country and our […]

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Trends in Christianity

We talk a lot about our faith and our walk as followers of Jesus, and how the Church in our generation is changing to meet the needs of the times but also shifting into some new and interesting trends.  Pollster George Barna says that the changing role of Christianity finds that 40 percent of Americans […]

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Jesus Did This for You!

“He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground.  He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.  He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from […]

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Two Important Words This Good Friday: "Expiation" and "Propitiation"

Two Important Words This Good Friday: "Expiation" and "Propitiation"

from R.C. Sproul Apr 06, 2012 reprinted from Ligonier Ministries Blog When we talk about the vicarious aspect of the atonement, two rather technical words come up again and again: expiation and propitiation. These words spark all kinds of arguments about which one should be used to translate a particular Greek word, and some versions […]

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The goodness of Good Friday

Though it is rarely seen as “good” by the rest of the world, Good Friday reminds Christians just how holy God is. The day of Jesus’ crucifixion is one we should reflect on every day, for without it, there would be no hope, no promise and no Resurrection Day. Today we reflect on Good Friday […]

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Nothing says Easter…

To those who do not know the miracle of the atonement for our sins, the idea of focusing on the torture and death of Jesus on the cross nearly 2,000 years ago might seem a bit odd. Which is probably why the world would much rather see Easter as nothing more than a tribute to […]

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Whom Will You Choose to Follow?

Today we introduced you briefly to a pastor by the name of Steven Furtick.  He is the rising star of the Emergent Church Movement, seemingly replacing Rob Bell as the darling of the movement.  He is bold, brash and becoming controversial for what he teaches and how he teaches it. Furtick pastors the newest mega-church […]

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When transparency is not forthcoming

Whether it’s in our government or from the pulpit in front of the American Church, success is becoming the pinnacle of how we measure what’s important. Pastor Matt Chandler, who leads the Village Church in Texas, recently warned that pastors are measuring success through the size of their churches and the growth of their platforms, […]

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"Gendercide" in China (and one man's quest to end it)

Under China’s one-child policy, 8 million female babies are killed per year (not including abortions).  One man is trying to make a difference by rescuing those children who are considered by society and government to be illegal. Today we’re talking with Dr. James Garrow, who is the founder and executive director of the Bethune Institute’s […]

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In the world --with healthy boundaries

In the world –with healthy boundaries

What does it mean to be “in the world but not of the world?” Today many Christians are either caught up in the culture , or caught up in battling culture wars. Are there healthy boundaries? And if the Church is embracing the culture as the Laodicean Church in revelation did, to we flee or fight for her? […]

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Men, Are You fit to Lead?

Leadership is crucial to every organization—business, church and family.  Leaders set the vision and tone and excellent leadership inspires everyone to play their role in the success of any organization. As Christian men we know that Jesus is the perfect example of leadership.  When a situation required strength, he was strong; when compassion was needed […]

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