But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Thursday, 22 February 2018 18:00

Diet Tips

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I've been on a diet for more years than I can count. To me, "diet" is "die" with a "T" at the end. It seems as if the best approach for dieting is to 1) find out what you like most and 2) cut it out. When you learn to like other things, those will likely have to go, too. Rinse and repeat. So why do...

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018 18:00

The Problem of Morality

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We all know it. There is a morality problem in our nation ... in our world. All I have to do is mention Harvey Weinstein and we will all nod and say, "That's a bad thing." We are constantly flooded with repeated and new accusations of sexual abuse and harassment and it just doesn't seem to end. It...

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018 18:00

Rename

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I'm familiar with PCs, so this may not be the same as it is on Macs, for instance, but if you go to a file on a computer and right click and you will be given some options. Among them you might find "Copy", "Delete", and "Rename." I suppose you can figure out what each of those would be good for.I...

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Monday, 19 February 2018 18:00

Anthropocentric

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Little children, keep yourselves from idols (1 John 5:21).
A "word of the day" entry: "anthropocentric". We can find a dictionary definition, but let's see if we can figure it out from its roots. "Anthropos" is the Greek word for "man" -- primarily "man" as a group, not a gender. You know ......

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Sunday, 18 February 2018 18:00

Love Language

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Gary Chapman wrote a fairly well known book (and follow-ups) on the "5 love languages". This is not about that. Join me while we listen in on a brief conversation.
She: "I found out you've been having an affair with Linda."He: "Who told you?"She: "It doesn't matter. We're through."He: "But, honey, I...

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Saturday, 17 February 2018 18:00

God Is Love

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John writes, "Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God." (1 John 4:7) He goes on to say, "God is love." (1 John 4:8)It's an interesting claim. We believe that we love because, well, we love. John claims that we love "because He first loved us." (1 John 4:19) We love because God gives...

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Saturday, 17 February 2018 00:06

News Weakly - 2/17/2018

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Like We ThoughtA group of Republicans at the University of Washington had a rally to "bring conservatives together and promote free-speech rights." More than 1,000 counter-protesters showed up to oppose the event.Wait ... they showed up to oppose free speech? Isn't that ... wait ... that's not...

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Thursday, 15 February 2018 18:00

Only Nice

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I came across this interesting text in Isaiah.
My soul yearns for You in the night; my spirit within me earnestly seeks You. For when Your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness. If favor is shown to the wicked, he does not learn righteousness; in the land of...

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018 18:00

What Does Your Smartphone Say?

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We are a culture immersed in digital technology. Today's handheld smartphones are more capable than NASA's 1970's room-sized computers. We can talk, read, video-chat, surf, write, compute, play ... well, just about everything ... all right there in one device. Now, of course, I'm oversimplifying...

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 18:00

V-Day

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It's Valentine's Day, a day we've decided will be aimed at celebrating "love". I put it in quotes because, of course, I'm not at all sure that we even know what that is anymore. I think we've shifted. To illustrate, walking through the mall the other day I saw Victoria Secret's ad in their window:...

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Monday, 12 February 2018 18:01

Slander

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The legal definition of "slander" is "the oral communication of false statements that are harmful to a person's reputation." That would differentiate between "libel" which would be a written or published communication of false statements harmful to a person's reputation. That's the legal reputation....

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Sunday, 11 February 2018 18:00

Hater

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I saw a t-shirt the other day. "You don't have to be a racist, sexist, homophobic hater. You can just be quiet." Okay, fine, but how much do we consider the meanings of those terms? Do these words mean what we think they do? I wanted to tell the wearer, "I'm pretty sure you know how you feel about...

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Saturday, 10 February 2018 18:00

Blessings and Curses

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We use the word "blessed" a lot. He's blessed for winning the Super Bowl. She's blessed for getting a good job. They're blessed to have a good family, good health, whatever. We use it, generally, to express gratitude for good things, even if there is no genuine object of the gratitude. That is,...

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Friday, 09 February 2018 18:00

News Weakly - 2/10/2018

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In Plain SightWe've been seeing more and more pushback on religious freedom over recent years. "No," they always want to tell us, "it's not about religious freedom; it's about other people's freedom." Last week in Canada the Ontario Divisional Court ruled that doctors must refer patients for all...

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Thursday, 08 February 2018 21:10

John 3:16

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When Tim Tebow was in college playing for the national championship, he had "John 3:16" written under his eyes and 93 million people googled John 3:16. Exactly 3 years later in the first round of championship play-offs with Denver against the Steelers, Tebow encountered some interesting statistics....

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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 18:00

Wolves Among Sheep

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Paul, in his farewell address to the elders of the church at Ephesus, offers them a warning.
Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. I know that after my departure...

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Tuesday, 06 February 2018 18:00

Pain

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C.S. Lewis called pain God's megaphone.
Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world (The Problem of Pain, 1940).
Lewis was a bright fellow, but let's do something better.Wise...

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Monday, 05 February 2018 18:00

In-Fear-iority

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Sunday's sermon was about grace. Included, then, in Sunday's singing was ... you guessed it ... Amazing Grace. In that famous hymn we sing the line, "'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear." Do you ever stop and think, "Huh?!" In what sense does grace teach you fear? Doesn't grace relieve your...

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Sunday, 04 February 2018 18:00

The Devil Made Me Do It

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Some polls in the 21st century have suggested that not only do unbelievers not believe in the devil, but many so-called believers. The numbers vary, but up to 66% of Baptists in one poll didn't believe Satan existed and 33% of pastors denied that he was real. So, perhaps, the notion that "the devil...

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Saturday, 03 February 2018 18:00

Mundane

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"Mundane" can mean "lacking excitement" or "dull", but it can also mean "earthly rather than heavenly or spiritual."I recently read the book, In His Steps. Published in 1896, it was the originator of the popular "WWJD" -- "What would Jesus do?" Now, the book was ... mundane. It was a fictional...

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Friday, 02 February 2018 18:00

News Weakly - 2/3/18

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Strange StandardsSo, Volkswagen is in trouble again, this time because they tested the affects of diesel fumes on monkeys (and humans). At the same time, the U.S. Senate blocked a bill to protect children above the age of 20 weeks. The 20 week limit was premised on the principle of experiencing...

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Thursday, 01 February 2018 18:00

Dysphoria

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Dysphoria is defined as a general sense of unease or dissatisfaction. It's used today with the adjective "gender" -- "gender dysphoria" -- to refer to those who are born one gender but think they are ... another. I'm sure there are others.Denominational Dysphoria"I am a Christian," she told me."Oh,...

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018 18:00

The Servants' Entrance

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It used to be that "acceptable people" were allowed in the front door, but the "less acceptable people" had to go in through the servants' entrance. You know ... we needed them around; we just didn't want them to be seen.Immanuel Kant, in three separate works, carefully and persuasively explained...

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Tuesday, 30 January 2018 18:00

The Sin and the Sinner

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People have famously said we should "Hate the sin; love the sinner." Whether or not that's true, we can all understand the concept, I believe. I mean, we can understand that there is a distinction between an idea and an "idea-er" (yes, I just made that up). In easy terms, a 12-year-old boy may...

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Monday, 29 January 2018 18:00

Turnabout

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Now, this is interesting. Isaiah the prophet passed on to his people what God told him to -- all about how the Assyrians were going to come in and wipe them out. Judgment. That sort of thing. But in chapter 10, God says, "Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger and the staff in whose hands is My...

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