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I Am Not Charlie Hebdo!

Many continue to address the slaughter of the satirists in Paris. Almost all the angles have been covered except one: what does the Bible have to say about satire or extremely caustic remarks?

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To Be Alone

When the angel left, Mary was alone. To be alone…To have a burden and be alone…Mary pondered the message of the angel. She needed to talk with someone. Then she thought of her cousin Elizabeth...

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Check, Check, Checkmate!

I hated hearing those words as a boy trying to learn the game of chess, because I knew the game was over and I had lost again. As I observe our culture and the world we live in I sometimes get some of those same feelings—the game's over!

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Authenticity of the Holy Bible

There were many more historical accounts written about and around the time of Jesus, how is it that only a select few made it through the "... given by inspiration of God ..." filter, as expressly stated in 2 Timothy 3:16. What disqualified other anecdotes and writings?

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Because

Have you noticed the “shorthand” way people are using the word “because” now? I don’t know where it started but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was on Twitter. I thought of this new usage of the word “because” as I listened to a series of sermons our pastor, Brad Smith, gave recently.

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Strategic Planning for Growth

Apparently we are launching an effort based on five streams to slow the rate of attrition within the denomination. And apparently we have asked agency heads and pastors to spearhead the effort. I appreciate the good intentions, but really, how many of them have the necessary skill sets and experiences? 

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The Siphonophore Gospel

Scientists estimate that there are somewhere in the neighbourhood of 10 to the power of 24 stars in the universe. They also estimate that many more of those stars have planets than they thought even a few years ago. If God created other sentient beings on even one of those planets, what would they be like?

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Minding Our Metaphors

In my reading I came across a fascinating discussion of metaphors ... we can learn a lot about how we view an issue and its potential outcome — be it an issue in the home, in the church, in society at large — by examining the metaphors that we use to describe that issue.

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A Tale of 3 Cities

I went to the Art Prize and saw a huge mug pouring translucent brown liquid into a vat ... proclaimed Grand Rapids as “The Beer City” according to some craft beer industry survey. I wonder: What centre have we lost? What should we do to rebuild or establish a real centre more lasting than the head of a schooner of beer?

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Question on Hebrews 4?

Does anyone else see Hebrews 4 concerning our rest as anything else than a reference to the rest we will have at the end? What do you all think this passage of scripture says?

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