Libertarianism vs. Communitarianism: Government or World Organizations are considered “coercive institutions.”  They exist to “…employ force or the threat of force to control the behavior of their members” according The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy (p. 718).  Throughout the ages there is a plurality of opinions (Plato, Aristotle, Locke, Green, Hume, Hegel, Marx, Linen, etc.) about […]

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Holy Spirit Filled Church

       I read an analogy of the Holy Spirit this week.  Sometimes we can try to direct the Holy Spirit where to go, but the Spirit is like the wind and will find a way around the obstacles we use to try to direct the Spirit.        This is a good analogy.         In 2 […]

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Why is Easter called Easter?

Why is Easter called “Easter”? Here is what I learned: “In almost every language except English, the name for this annual memorial of the resurrection is some form of the word “Passover” (for example, Pasch, from the Hebrew Peasch, “Passover”).  When Christianity arrived in the North countries, it’s springtime celebration of the resurrection received a […]

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The power of prayer

I have recently rediscovered something; the power of prayer. When we feel distant from the Lord, seeking the Lord causes us to draw near to him and the Lord to us. I have been seeking the Lord through the book of Psalms. The word for today that is encouraging comes from Psalm 27:1, 4, 14, […]

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Why we worship

I was reading this book called Total Church by Steve Timmis and Tim Chester. The book is challenging and helps the average person re-think why we do what we do. One of the challenges of the book this past week is about the mission of God (missio dei) and the mission of the church (missio ekklesia). […]

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What is the “Alt-Right”?

It has been said that Pastors should not talk about politics.  Except when Christians are being drawn into an ideology that is anti-GOSPEL.  Should Pastors in Nazi Germany have remained silent when Nazi ideology began to poison Christianity? Of course not.  But many Pastors and Christians remained silent as their neighbors were taken away never […]

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