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I Hope I Don’t End Up in Heaven - Part 1

Author: Clint PatronellaCategory: Culture, Theology

Most people have some element of confusion when it comes to life after death. Popular belief is that the final, ultimate “resting” place after we die or when all is said and done is “heaven.” But is this true? Is this what the Scriptures teach? This belief is often more informed by pop culture than the Scriptures. Sometimes preachers are so hell-bent on “saving” you – going to ...

Good Friday Reflections on Isaiah 53

Author: Anne Lincoln HolibaughCategory: Culture, Theology

Yet it was the LORD's will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand. After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. Isaiah ...

Batter up! Don’t Miss an Opportunity

Author: Gilbert MontezCategory: General, Culture

EDITOR’S NOTE: With the start of baseball season, we thought we’d provide you some history about one of the game’s most storied announcers. Enjoy Opening Day at whatever ballpark you might find yourself. Play ball! In 2002, 66-year-old Harry Kalas was awarded the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award, commemorating his more than 30-year career as the radio play-by-play announcer ...

Boys to Men

Author: Matt McCauleyCategory: General, Culture

Ask any 11-year-old boy if he wants to grow up to be a man and he will emphatically say, “Yes.” Ask him when and how that happens, and 9 times out of 10, he’ll look away silently, as if searching for a fleeting answer that he’s never been able to catch. It’s like he is saying, “Deep down in my soul, I know I want to be that, but I don’t even know what ‘that’ is.” The ...

The Formation of Courage

Author: Matt YoungerCategory: General, Culture

Some people are born courageous, natural leaders who come out of the womb with resilient vision. Not Moses. Moses tried to assert himself early in life and ran away the moment things got hairy. Haunted by the fears of leadership, he preferred a quiet, stress-free life of obscurity. Then the Lord called him out of it. God heard the cries of His children in Egypt and promised redemption from their ...

Money and the Milk of Human Kindness - Part 2

Author: Adam LancasterCategory: General, Culture

“I wish you wouldn’t squeeze so,” said the Dormouse, who was sitting next to her. “I can hardly breathe.” “I can’t help it,” said Alice very meekly: “I’m growing.” “You have no right to grow here,” said the Dormouse. “Don’t talk nonsense,” said Alice more boldly: “You know you’re growing too.” “Yes, but I grow at a reasonable pace,” said the ...

Money and the Milk of Human Kindness - Part 1

Author: Adam LancasterCategory: General, Culture

I used to think, when I was a child, that Christ might have been exaggerating when he warned about the dangers of wealth. Today I know better. I know how very hard it is to be rich and still keep the milk of human kindness… Dom Helder Camara To soften the blow, many preachers introduce biblical passages on wealth and its dangers with the disclaimer, “of course there’s nothing wrong with ...

Watch Out for the Wolves

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: General, Culture

Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. Therefore be alert, ...

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