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Jan 16, 2017
politics, election, worldview

November 8th Is Long Gone, So Where do Christians Find Themselves?

God doesn’t love countries. He loves people.

Many Evangelicals voted for Donald Trump on November 8th, and he is now our President-elect.

Last October and November, I ran numerous articles about Trump and the other candidates. As I posted piece after piece, however, my heart continued to grow pained as I watched fellow ...

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Jan 13, 2017
politics, affordable care act, obamacare

Repealing Obamacare without a Replacement: How It May Hurt Small Church Pastors and Church Planters Near You

ACA repeal/replace has a lot of implications.

It seems that President-elect Trump is moving full force toward a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), tweeting out that “The ‘Unaffordable’ Care Act will soon be history!”

The Problems of Obamacare

Admittedly, we would find few people who ...

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Jan 13, 2017
politics, election, worldview

Rebuilding Our Witness (Part 2): Developing an Understanding of the Connection of Love & Evangelism in Light of Our New Political Climate

A Christian worldview embraces two things: the Great Commandment and the Great Commission

In Part 1, I talked about why we are at a time when we need to step back and assess how we view the world and the lens we apply to all that we see and do. I talked about a Christian worldview that holds in one hand the Great Commandment and in the other the Great Commission. ...

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Jan 13, 2017
christian film

Christians in Film: Why I'm Going to See The Resurrection of Gavin Stone

Some thoughts on Christian movies... and some hope...
Christians in Film: Why I'm Going to See The Resurrection of Gavin Stone

It appears that churches making films is a thing now.

Christian Films

I’ve known the folks at Sherwood Pictures and have even endorsed some of their work. And Christian movies, in general, are increasingly a thing.

Sometimes that’s good, and sometimes that’s bad. ...

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Jan 12, 2017
theology, podcast

Theology for Life (Ep. 6): What's Really Going On in the Book of Philippians, and What Can We Learn about God and Ourselves?

It is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

In this week's episode of Theology for Life, Lynn and I discuss Philippians 2 and the themes within: joy, unity, partnership, etc.

What does it mean to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling? What does it means that we participate in Christ’s suffering? ...

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Jan 12, 2017
politics, election, worldview

Rebuilding Our Witness (Part 1): Why It's Time to Take a Second Look at Our Christian Worldview in Light of Our New Political Climate

A Christian worldview embraces two things: the Great Commandment and the Great Commission

In my neighborhood is a sign that reads, “No matter where you come from, we are glad you are our neighbor.” It’s a simple sign that does two important things.

First, it speaks a message of love and acceptance.

Second, it is directed at the receiver.

You see, it’s ...

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Jan 11, 2017
grief, grieving, sorrow

He Ain't Heavy: Witnessing Well During Seasons of Grief

Dean of Campus Ministry at Bethel University reflects on death and loss

Have you ever heard the phrase, “Life is what happens while you are making other plans?” I have found that in the most unpredictable, most inconvenient, and often most shocking ways that this statement can be true.

Just a few short weeks ago my family and I were on ...

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