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Help From Other Worlds: Another Earth and Melancholia

Author: Adam LancasterCategory: Culture

It’s not surprising that humanity’s hope in himself to bring about ultimate meaning has fallen on hard times lately. Another Earth (2010) and Melancholia (2011) are just a couple of recent big screen portrayals of man’s planet-sized disappointment. It’s encouraging that his failures have caused him to look outside himself, but in these two dramas, man looks not to the Savior but through ...

Distracted Discipleship: Put Your Phone Down

Author: Ryan GeyerCategory: General, Culture

The world we live in is incredible. The same computer I’m using to write this blog can fetch video from any era, play music from any artist and put me in contact with almost anyone, anywhere in the world. The phone in my pocket contains more technology than the Saturn V rocket that sent the Apollo astronauts to the moon. Think about that. We, literally, have more power in the palm of our hands ...

Only One

Author: Sheila SchroyerCategory: General, Culture

I recently felt accused and persecuted for something that I believed I did not do. I was hurt, angry and wanted to defend myself. I could not see these things that were being said about me. As I struggled through, questioning why this was happening, the Lord whispered a loud rebuke to me: "Only One is blameless. Only One stood before others and was accused of actions He did not do. Only One ...

Why Preaching Matters Most

Author: Jared MusgroveCategory: General, Culture

If you’re reading this, you’ve likely logged a lot of hours listening to sermons. Can you explain why you do this? Our postmodern contemporaries have a pretty fair lead on the anthropological truth behind our listening: Human beings are hearers. And having tapped into this reality, they are all about keeping the discussion going. That’s why there is a 24-hour news cycle, talk radio, ...

A Company Man Culture

Author: Josh PattersonCategory: General, Culture

In the 1920s there was a considerable amount of labor unrest in the United States following WWI. The workload production of the nation softened as the demands for wartime goods declined. The cost for food and clothing skyrocketed, and patriotic motivations for labor waned. It was in this climate of unrest that the term “company man” was coined.

Real Repentance

Author: Blake ChiltonCategory: General, Theology

I recently studied the book of Jonah and grew in my love for it once again. I love the age-old story of a man being swallowed by a large fish – an event I would love to witness at some point in my life. I also love Jonah’s highly emotive character. I mean, seriously, how can you be praising God’s salvific power in one moment only to pout like a 3-year-old girl the next day because God ...

Hills to Die On

Author: Brandon BarkerCategory: General

Bill Seal once told me that "if you fight for everything, eventually no one’s listening and you get nothing.” This remains one of the best leadership lessons I’ve learned, and I needed to hear it. At the time, my operating assumption was if something was worthy of my opinion, that opinion was worthy of being heard. There are times when this is true, but if applied universally, you’ll ...

I Hope I Don’t End Up in Heaven - Part 2

Author: Clint PatronellaCategory: Culture, Theology

So what will our new resurrected bodies be like? Paul writes in Philippians that his desire is to know Christ and the power of His resurrection so that he would attain his own resurrection (Phil. 3:8-11). On the one hand, the Bible doesn’t give us the exact details of the resurrected body. On the other hand, we are not completely unknowledgeable of what it will be like. We see through a mirror ...

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