Why the Empty Tomb Matters

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I’ve had a train of thought about the empty tomb and risen Jesus on my mind recently. I’m not sure why. Maybe it has been sparked by the ISIS desire to destroy in order to usher in some sort of bloody (in the literal and figurative sense of that word) end-times battle. I don’t know, but the thought has been giving …

Don’t Let the ISIS Vision Win

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From the outset, allow me to say this very clearly. If you’re allowing terror attacks to justify speaking pejoratively of all Muslims; if you’re allowing fear to fuel acts of revenge and you are directing that revenge towards the Muslim community; if you’re allowing fear and anger to cause you to look sideways at Muslims, then you’re doing exactly what …

Where the Fight Against Sex Trafficking and Slavery Really Starts

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Setimaya was a victim of human trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation. She was taken from her home in Nepal and sold to a brothel, who sold her to another brothel, who sold her to another brothel. She was repeatedly forced to have sex with men day after day after day, and if she didn’t make her ‘owners’ enough money she …

3 Reasons Why I Love Traditional Church Buildings

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Up front I need to mention that I am not part of a faith community that meets in a traditional church building. These days that seems to surprise people. The faith community I am a part of meets in a facility that houses a number of community groups. It has its own beautiful appeal that speaks of God’s redeeming work …

A Good Way to Read and Apply the Bible

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I’m a minister, not a Bible scholar (though a minister must have some basic tools for reading, interpreting, and applying scripture) but I was involved in a discussion recently where ‘progressive revelation’ (in relation to the Bible) was used to argue the case for a changing approach to a certain hot-button issue. From what I could gather, the understanding of …

Making Sense of Noah

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A little while ago I was sitting at the table with my wife and 8 year old daughter. It was dinner time and our daughter had her new Bible with her. It’s an NIV and she was excited about it because it’s her first full Bible, so she wanted to read some of it at the table. She decided she wanted to …