I get it. I really do. Awkwardness…uncomfortable situations…the probability that someone will get upset at you…the potential loss of friendship…all of that and more is part of the package you unwrap when you go to a brother or sister in Christ who is “caught in any transgression” and tell them, no matter how lovingly and… Read More Some Thoughts About Church Discipline — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: September, 2022)
If any one piece of legislation could be cited as the single most definitive legal decision of the 20th century, some would not hesitate to cite Roe v. Wade. It was a landmark case that ensconced a woman’s right to abortion as the law of the land. At the time, American politicians in support of… Read More Abortion and Child Sacrifice: The Similarities — Dewayne Bryant, Ph.D.
What is your origin story? Do you know where your great-grandmother’s family originated from? Do you know the meaning behind your last name? These questions make us research historical archives, find a library in a small community that keeps records from the stone age, or send our DNA to be analyzed by super-computers. Our origin… Read More Origins of the Nations: A Lesson in Humility — Will Hester
There is a question my children ask that receives the answer, “No” more times than any other question, “Daddy, can I play with playdough?” I get it. Playdough is fun. Seeing children use their imagination to craft a snake or a house is neat to see. However, the process of pulling and mixing different containers… Read More The Potter and the Clay — Daniel Koen
From the pen of Cecil F. Alexander, written in 1852: Jesus calls us from the tumult of our vain world’s golden store From each idol that would keep us, saying “Christian, love me more.” Humans and idols have a long history. When Rachel stole her father Laban’s gods (images) and sat on them as he… Read More Idols: Ancient and Modern — Ken Thomas
According to Merriam-Webster Online, hate means “a. intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger, or sense of injury; b. extreme dislike or disgust.” Generally speaking, Christians understand the need to love instead of hate (Matt. 5:44), but Christians are supposed to “hate every false way” (Ps. 119:104). “Hate” is a strong word. Have… Read More What Does God Hate? — Chase Green
The Old Testament Day of Atonement, also known as Yom Kippur, is the holiest day of the Jewish year. It is the culmination of the High Holy Days which began ten days earlier with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Collectively, the full ten days is referred to as the “Days of Awe.” In Jewish teaching,… Read More The Day of Atonement — Steve Cordle