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Surround Yourself with Positive People

This is a sales liturgy that makes its way into American Christianity.  Now, I don’t think you’d find this saying preached from the pulpit of most churches, but many of those in the pews would likely agree that surrounding oneself with positive, higher-achieving friends/acquaintances is a great strategy for reaching one’s professional goals. Let’s examine… Continue reading Surround Yourself with Positive People

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Ta-Nehisi Coates on the Dream

I decided I need some diversity in my reading list, so on a recent (awesome) trip to Asheville, NC with my lovely wife, I picked up this Ta-Nehisi Coates’ best-seller, Between the World and Me.  To say this has been a challenging yet revealing read is akin to saying Michael Phelps is good at swimming.… Continue reading Ta-Nehisi Coates on the Dream

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So Many Sins

For a period, I regretted my wife’s involvement with a hyper-Calvinist para-church organization on the basis that their (over) emphasis on sin was excessive and even potentially harmful.  *Disclaimer:  my wife is on the board of said organization and I’m happy that we generously give to it since it’s doing great gospel work regardless of… Continue reading So Many Sins

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Our Response to Our Brothers’ & Sisters’ Responses

We live in strange times.  The Syrian Refugee crisis has revealed a quirk in the system of predictable political positions.  Some leftists are calling for caution if not outright refusal on the question of whether or not to take in about 10,000 Syrian refugees while the compassionate conservatives are saying it’s our duty and responsibility… Continue reading Our Response to Our Brothers’ & Sisters’ Responses

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Selective Scriptural Interpretation #1

Conservative Bible interpreters say they believe in reading the Bible literally, yet when it comes to reading the treasure trove of texts that deal with the wealthy, they turn as “liberal” in how they read those money texts as the most pro-homosexual Biblical interpreter reads those texts which seem to plainly view homosexual behavior in… Continue reading Selective Scriptural Interpretation #1