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Why I have been at peace throughout the election

I did a bad thing this week... I ventured onto Facebook (though I knew what to expect) and I was bombarded with hateful, worried, depressed, angry, and upset posts about this election. And then I turned on the news… and I saw that anger being unleashed on the streets in protests. Where...

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The Christian Conscience and Voting

Consciences are frustrated…  I saw a video the other day that I think reflects the attitudes of many Christians.  The comical video is a scene from the TV show “Third Rock from the Sun.”  One of the main characters, Dr. Dick Solomon, is stressing over...

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The Millennials: Part 10 - Be Who You Are

The movie, Mean Girls, has become somewhat of a classic movie among many in my generation—one of those movies you can quote all the time.  The movie is a comedy portraying stereotypical events that go on in high school.  (A little disclaimer: I think many parts in the movie are...

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The Millennials: Part 9 - Community Focused

Anti-institutional Many Millennials are “anti-institutional.”  I’m not talking about just church institutions, but institutions in general.  Government institutions, political parties, banks, public school, the media—all those institutions have lost...

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The Millennials: Part 8 - Making a Difference

Recently, Liberty Mutual made a series of inspiring commercials which display how doing good things can be contagious.  We Millennials love this because any little act of kindness makes us feel good because we think we are making a difference.  We want to change the...

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The Millennials: Part 7 - What Is Truth?

Jesus once said, “I came into the world, to testify to the truth.  Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” With that answer Pontius Pilate asked, “What is truth?” (John 18:37-38)  Pilate was neither the first nor last who would ever ask that...

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The Millennials: Part 6 - Religion Overload

Options, options, and more options Do you want to go see the picture?”  Over 50 years ago that is one way a guy would ask a girl out.  He would ask her to go see the picture.  There was only one movie at the theater.  Today it has turned into, “Do you want to...

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The Millennials: Part 5 - Spiritual, Not Religious

“I’m spiritual, but I’m not religious.”  Many Millennials take on that view.  But what does that even mean and why do people say that?  Basically, it’s been said “if you’re spiritual, but not religious—you’re not an atheist,...

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The Millennials: Part 4 - Tolerance

Tolerance “Tolerance” is a very popular word among Millennials lately.  We hear about it all the time on the news and in our conversation.  A lot of conservative Christians cringe at the word “tolerance” because it has taken on a new definition in...

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The Millennials: Part 3 - Non-Biblical Worldview

Secularization Secularization, Privatization, and Pluralization.  Yes, these are big “tion” words that needed to be explained to me as well.  These three movements are the cultural currents that have been involved in America becoming post-Christian.  These next...

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