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Time To Unpack “Unpacking”

Why is nearly every radio evangelist using the word "unpacked?" Who started this trend? "I am going to unpack this verse." "Let me unpack this word." Can we just explain the text? Can't we just offer more details? Can we just say what this verse means? Can we stop unpacking? It is time to retire "unpack" just like we need to retire the phrase, "thrown under the bus." "Unpacking" is not original. It is a tired, worn out slang that…

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Designer Babies

Society continues to find new ways to sink lower in morality and virtue. A fertility clinic in Los Angeles is now offering prospective parents the opportunity to select various physical traits, such as eye color, hair color, and skin complexion. By the way, I have a disabled child from birth with a chromosomal disorder. But when we turn the joy of having children into picking out traits as if from a McDonald's drive through menu, we have sunk to a…

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By The Way… About Lent

Just another tradition and piece of religion invented by humans, not from the scriptures. The word of God says nothing about having to give up something important for 40 days. It is human religion, not godliness. 18 Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, 19 and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together…

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The Preachers’ Pledge

SermonCentral.com is encouraging preachers to take the following pledge: I will make the Bible my primary resource in sermon preparation and preaching. I may use other resources such as commentaries and web sites to enhance, not replace, my personal interaction with Scripture. As I study I will strive to accurately understand and honestly apply God's Word, allowing Him to uniquely proclaim His truth in a relevant way through me. As preacher, let me say to others who preach that if…

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The Color Red Hurts Children’s Psyche?

In another installment of "what is this world coming to?" we have another news item. 12/9/2008 SYDNEY (Reuters) - Teachers using red pen to mark students' work could be harming their psyche as the color is too aggressive, according to education strategies drafted by an Australian state government. The "Good Mental Health Rocks" kit, which was distributed this month to about 30 schools in Queensland state, offers strategies such as "don't mark in red pen (which can be seen as…

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“Trying To Steal Jesus”

In today's (11/13/2008) Palm Beach Post, one of the funnier things I have read lately: Communion wafer fracas leads to man's arrest JENSEN BEACH- Morning Mass at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church was going smoothly until Communion. That's when John S. Ricci took one of the Communion wafers and pocketed it, not only attacking their priest, but also their faith, parishioners told Martin County sheriff's deputies. Ricci was supposed to consume the water - considered by Roman Catholics to…

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Nun Beauty Pageant

Folks, it does not get any better than this. Here is a portion of the article reported by MSNBC: Associated Press updated 4:00 p.m. ET, Sun., Aug. 24, 2008 ROME - An Italian priest and theologian said Sunday he is organizing an online beauty pageant for nuns to give them more visibility within the Catholic Church and to fight the stereotype that they are all old and dour. The "Miss Sister 2008" contest will start in September on a blog…

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Slick Barack Obama

As most know, Rick Warren of the Saddleback Church in southern California had both presidential candidates to discuss the issues facing our country. One of Obama's responses is bringing quite a bit of attention: Rick Warren: At what point does a baby get human rights in your view? Sen. Barack Obama: Well, I think that whether you are looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity, you know, is above my pay…

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Abortion Numbers

I just read this at the Between Two Worlds blog: USNews.com has an article on research from the Guttmacher Institute, a nonprofit group that focuses on reproductive issues. These findings were published in the March 2008 issue of the Institute's journal, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. The actual number of abortions dropped to a new low, with 1.2 million abortions in 2005, compared to a high of 1.6 million abortions in 1990. I am still sick to my stomach.…

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