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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Sunday, 25 June 2017 20:00

The Psalmist's Progression

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Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. (Psa 1:1-2)
It's a well-known Psalm. Pretty clear, too. It precludes three things...

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Saturday, 24 June 2017 20:00

A Sunday Hymn

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It's Sunday. How about a hymn?
Come, Thou Fount of Every BlessingCome, Thou Fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing Thy grace.Streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise.Teach me some melodious sonnet, sung by flaming tongues above;Praise the mount - I'm fixed upon it -...

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Friday, 23 June 2017 23:09

News Weakly - 6/24/2017

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OverreachI don't suppose anyone is particularly paying attention, but I thought it was funny when the New York Times put up the story of how the European Court of Human Rights ruled that "Russia’s ‘Gay Propaganda’ Laws Are Illegal". I was only amused not because I think that...

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Thursday, 22 June 2017 20:00

The Furnace

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It has been a hot one here this week. Temperatures near or beyond 120°F. They were grounding aircraft and warning everyone to stay indoors. So, there I was, walking the distance to my afternoon bus that would take me home ... in the heat. And I'm thinking, "This is something new." I've been in...

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 20:00

Pride Goeth Before a Fall

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We all know this story. It starts with a lawyer who asks Jesus, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" It ends with the famous Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37).When the lawyer asked his question, Jesus answered with a question. "What is written in the Law? How do you read...

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 20:00

Internet Etiquette

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Imagine a world that is steeped in make-believe. A world where words mean a variety of things with very little to actually anchor them. A world where "Reality is how you define it" and the same for morality. A world where "I read it on the Internet; it must be true." A world, in short, that...

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Monday, 19 June 2017 20:00

Old Cloth and New Wineskins

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The parable of the wineskins is not new to us. We all know it. (Is it actually a parable?) "No one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the new wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled out, and the skins will be ruined." (Luke 5:37) The saying is found in Luke's Gospel as well as...

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Sunday, 18 June 2017 20:00

You Don't Owe Me Nothin'

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Yeah, yeah, bad grammar, but it's a line from a song, so don't give me any grief over it; I didn't write it. But there is a point here.One of the biggest, most difficult complaints offered throughout history about God is "Why do bad things happen to good people?" or "If there is a God, why is there...

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Saturday, 17 June 2017 20:00

Father's Day, 2017

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We are commanded to "Honor your father and your mother" (Exo 20:12). Paul says it is "the first commandment with a promise" (Eph 6:1-3). Nowhere is there an exception clause. "You only have to honor honorable parents." "Honor good parents, but not bad." "You can stop once you become an adult." It's...

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Friday, 16 June 2017 20:00

News Weakly - 6/17/2017

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Just When You Thought It Was SafeStories of bakers and florists and photographers and innkeepers and all who didn't want to be forced to violate their religious convictions and thought they were protected by the First Amendment only to find that they weren't were everywhere. We figured, given the...

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Thursday, 15 June 2017 20:00

Conservative and Progressive

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These days there is a loud group that assures us that anything "conservative" is bad, that the really good thing to be is ... well, the word for it varies. It might be "liberal" because, clearly, that's more generous. Or it might be "Left" because clearly that's more right. (Huh?) Or it might be...

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 20:00

Why Are They Leaving?

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Back in 2011 the Barna Group released a report about a study on why it is that young Christians are leaving the church based on Barna president David Kinnaman's book titled You Lost Me: Why Young Christians are Leaving Church and Rethinking Church. Since I've been talking about some of this idea, I...

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 20:00

From Church to Hell

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In Matthew 13, Jesus tells the parable of the tares among the wheat (Matt 13:24-30). You remember the story. A man sows a field of wheat. An enemy sneaks in and sows weeds (tares -- seeds that look like wheat). When the wheat comes in, so does the tares. The servants ask if he wants them to pull...

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Monday, 12 June 2017 20:00

Reprobate

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In Psalm 15 David asks, "O LORD, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill?" (Psa 15:1) The rest of the chapter is his answer (and it's only a total of 5 verses). Among the characteristics of those who will live with God is this interesting phrase:
in whose eyes a vile person...

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Sunday, 11 June 2017 20:00

Ambition and Contentment

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A short while back Marshal Art and I had couple of brief (and friendly) disagreements on the topic of healthcare and on the topic of greed. I'm leaving the healthcare thing alone. It was never my intention to solve the healthcare crisis with Jesus. My point was that the problem is much bigger than...

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Saturday, 10 June 2017 20:00

Plugged In

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There are long and loud complaints and concerns these days about declining church numbers. Millenials (whatever that means) are staying away in droves. There is a sharp rise in what is termed "the Nones", people who identify as spiritual but not religious -- no affiliation with organized religions....

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Friday, 09 June 2017 20:00

News Weakly - 6/10/2017

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Guilty Until Proven ... GuiltyProtesters gathered in Washington D.C. calling for "a congressional independent commission to investigate connections between the Trump campaign and the Russian government." In truth, the question to them is not "Did it happen?", but "How much?" As one protester said,...

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Thursday, 08 June 2017 20:00

The Rise of the Machines

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Is it possible that the machines have entered into a conspiracy to destroy the human race? Well, of course not. That would assume machines think. They don't. This is the stuff that science fiction is made of. Doesn't actually happen. And yet ...I wrote a piece in May entitled Tech Fallout that...

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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 20:00

Words Mean Something

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Both sides of the debate agree: words mean something. Unfortunately, no one can figure out just what. And can you blame them? Look at what we do with words.It is common to take words and "bend" their meaning -- I get that -- but we've taken them and turned them on their heads. Take the word "moot"....

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Tuesday, 06 June 2017 20:00

Sanctified Repetition

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I don't normally do this. I don't want to be "that guy". You know, the curmudgeon that complains about small things because, well, he's a crotchety old person or some such. But I'm going to indulge myself just this once.Jesus said, "When you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the...

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Monday, 05 June 2017 22:49

Laissez-faire Lordship

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You may have heard of the laissez-faire style of leadership. In this style, the leader is more "hands off". Provide tools and resources, but let the group make decisions. Maybe some guidance, some goals, some suggestions, but authority is delegated. This style most highly values independence and...

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Sunday, 04 June 2017 20:00

Genesis as Myth

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It is popular among the "Christian Left" (I refer to the group that leans "left" in religious terms, not necessarily political) to argue that Genesis is not to be taken as historical narrative, but as myth. Now, to be clear, they don't (generally) say that to demean Scripture. It's not "myth" as in...

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Saturday, 03 June 2017 20:00

Be Thou My Vision - A Retrospective

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Last week I wrote about the old hymn, Be Thou My Vision. As I thought about it later, I wondered about a particular phrase in that song.
Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Now, being a "wordsmith" (sorry -- inside joke), I found myself having problems...

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Friday, 02 June 2017 20:00

News Weakly - 6/3/2017

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Free Speech = Speech That We ApproveHillary gave the commencement address at her alma mater, Wellesley College, which, she told them, was founded on "the belief that people, you and I, possess the capacity for reason and critical thinking, and that free and open debate is the lifeblood of a...

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Thursday, 01 June 2017 20:00

Jesus, the Friend of Sinners

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The quote is quite popular these days. "Jesus was the friend of sinners!" By which they understand it to mean, "Jesus was perfectly okay with the sin that sinners commit. Don't you be so judgmental." Is that what it means?The text occurs in Matthew and Luke. Jesus was talking about John the...

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