Faith

Did Billy Graham Make a Difference?

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The many obits testify to the millions he preached to and the thousands who walked the aisle to “Just as I Am.”  Do you know anyone who was saved at a Billy Graham crusade?  Perhaps yourself?  He was a confidante of presidents and world leaders, he counted all races and nationalities among his friends, his […]

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What Is "Color"?

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Close your eyes and count to three.   Then open them and focus on one stationary object. Where’s the light coming from, and how does it reflect off the object?  Where are the shadows?  What is the object’s depth—could you calculate it in inches or feet?  How accurate do you think your calculation is?  How are […]

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The Age of Smug

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“Millions of evangelicals and other Christian fundamentalists believe that the Bible was dictated by God to men who acted essentially as human transcriptionists.”  Well guess what, you millions of simpletons: “If that were the case one would have to conclude that God is a terrible writer.” Psychologist and author Valerie Tarico is here to share […]

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Bible Challenge Week 22: The Kingdom: David's Rise

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“The nation” is now a kingdom.  King Saul, as it happened, was a prelude.  Now the true king appears, the one God had in mind all along.  Every Sunday-school child knows about the boy who killed the nine-foot giant with a single stone, and the shepherd who killed predators with nothing but a stick and […]

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Bible Challenge Week 21: The Nation - Failure!

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FAILURE! is starting to sound like the buzzer on a talent show that tells the performer to clear the stage.  It’s an ugly sound–but if we don’t like it, just imagine it sounds to God! Saul, like Samson before him, has a spectacular fall.  He’s a tragic character worthy of Shakespeare, who might have written […]

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Bible Challenge Week 20: The Nation - Saul

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Be careful what you wish for!  That saying wasn’t current in 1050 B.C., but it’s the theme of the prophet Samuel’s speech to the people in I Sam. 8:10-18.  You want a king?  Here’s what kings do. They still want a king, so God gives them one. And it doesn’t seem like such a bad […]

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One Cranky Prophet

I’ve been reading Isaiah this month, two chapters a day.  Reading Isaiah is like riding a yo yo: up and down; up and down.  The mood changes almost mid-sentence from righteous judgment to gracious reconciliation—but let’s start at the beginning. The LORD strides upon the scene, calling out his grievance to the heavens and the […]

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Bible Challenge, Week 16: The Nation - Home at Last

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Did you catch the change in headings from last week to this week?  We’re no longer talking about “the people,” but “the Nation.”  By crossing the Jordan, Abraham’s wandering descendants passed a milestone.  A promise made to that landless patriarch almost 500 years earlier is fulfilled by the dramatic events that open the book of […]

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