Category Archives: Religion

Beautiful Grace

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Our daughter once told us of a friend who felt that God was punishing her for disobeying him many years ago, and my dad and I both said, at the same time, God doesn’t work that way. I’m grateful that … Continue reading

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Truth for Monday through Saturday

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How much of what we learn at church on Sunday morning makes it into our lives Monday through Saturday? I attend church, of course, sing songs of worship, diligently take notes on a usually excellent teaching, and visit with fellow attenders.  As it should … Continue reading

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Christians Should Confound Expectations

What would happen if someone began to publicly speak and act according to genuine reality; Kingdom of God reality?  I think that person would completely mess with cultural expectations. Jesus did exactly that. Jesus did not directly confront religious or political … Continue reading

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Reaction to the Hobby Lobby Decision: Two Truths and a Lie

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The recent Supreme Court decision in favor of Hobby Lobby is a cultural lightning rod.  The ruling stands, silent and immovable, but the reaction to it has put on quite a show. Rather than discuss the ruling (quite enough has … Continue reading

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Higher Education: Learning as Preparation for Living

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Pomp and Circumstance must reverberate through the atmosphere at this time of year.  Graduates of higher education have received their expensive diplomas declaring them ready for real life and productive work.  An education is preparation for life and for work. The Church is also engaged in … Continue reading

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Under a Canopy on Memorial Day

Memorial Day is our opportunity to remember, honor and thank those who have given their lives in the service of this country.   Culturally, it has also become a nice long early summer weekend to be enjoyed while lining streets for small … Continue reading

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Thou Shalt Have a Party

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Did you know that God likes parties? The Old Testament law included regulations  for personal conduct, religious observance and the offering of sacrifices.  It was very serious business.  However, God also commanded regular celebrations, in other words, parties. Each year the Israelites were to set aside one … Continue reading

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Celebrating Christian Diversity

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Some of us prefer to worship under stained glass windows following a recognized liturgy punctuated by time-tested hymns. Others attend church services in auditoriums in which highly skilled bands,  rock star preachers, large screens and special effects are the chosen media for the gospel message. My husband and I … Continue reading

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The Hegemony of Religion

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You want to know what “hegemony” means, don’t you?  It’s a useful term in today’s environment, and you’ll understand why if you keep reading. A Texas blogger recently wrote an essay called Why I Raise My Children Without God for CNN’s iReport.  As of this writing … Continue reading

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Playground Arguments and Cultural Conversations (Part 3): The Influence of Christ

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Picture the US as a pluralistic playground on which people holding very different value systems live, work and play together.   Without a common value system, who decides what is “fair” and what is “foul?” In my last post I suggested that entertainment and politics are two powerful … Continue reading

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