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Oprah, Our Great High Priestess

This week is when Lance Armstrong is going to meet with Oprah and confess that he took performance enhancing drugs while professionally cycling. What is this? When did Oprah become America’s high priestess to whom all must confess their sins? Further, why is the person “forgiven” after appearing on her show? Go on the show, sit on the couch, shed some tears, tell the country why your life has been difficult, wait for Oprah to give an approving nod, the…

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Joel Osteen and Being Ready To Give An Answer 2

This is a continuation from the last post concerning Joel Osteen's interview with Piers Morgan on CNN. If you have not read the first post, please read it first to gain context for the rest of this post. You can read it here: Now, to some of the things Joel Osteen says that I believe as Christians we must be careful not to say because it conveys the wrong idea about what it means to be a Christian. "I'm not…

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Joel Osteen and Being Ready To Give An Answer

Joel and Victoria Osteen were on Piers Morgan's show on CNN this week. I want to begin with the positive portion of the interview. If you have not seen parts of the interview, you can find it on YouTube. Here is a link to one segment below: http://youtu.be/YwLsHmrx_xo First, the positive. I appreciate that Joel Osteen came on television, and in the face of a fairly aggressive interview, calmly declared that homosexuality is a sin and that view will not…

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Important News That Won’t Make The News

APA revises 'gay gene' theory Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 5/14/2009 6:30:00 AM The attempt to prove that homosexuality is determined biologically has been dealt a knockout punch. An American Psychological Association publication includes an admission that there's no homosexual "gene" -- meaning it's not likely that homosexuals are born that way. For decades, the APA has not considered homosexuality a psychological disorder, while other professionals in the field consider it to be a "gender-identity" problem. But the new statement,…

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Joel Osteen Wins Worst Easter Sermon Award

From the Christian Newswire: Joel Osteen Wins First Ever 'Worst Easter Sermon Award' INDIANAPOLIS, April 28 /Christian Newswire/ -- Chris Rosebrough, captain of internet based Pirate Christian Radio and host of the Fighting for the Faith Radio program announced on Monday that Joel Osteen is the winner of the "Worst Easter Sermon Award" for 2009. "Every Christmas Christians whine and complain about secular and atheistic efforts designed to take Christ out of Christmas yet more and more Christian pastors have…

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Another BibleReader For iPhone Update

The latest update to OliveTree's BibleReader for iPhone is outstanding. Now you can have split screen for translations or notes. The translations can scroll together so you can compare translations on the fly with great ease. OliveTree has posted a video to see the features which I have linked below. As I have said, if you have an iPhone, this is a must have Bible software product. http://www.olivetreeblog.com/2009/03/16/split-screens-in-iphone-biblereader-version-406/

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Bad Preaching

I am listening to a sermon podcast right now. In talking about holiness, the preacher taught: The word "holiness" is synonymous with "wholeness." So when we sing songs saying, "You are holy," what we are really say is that I am broken and fractured. I am splintered. You are whole, complete, and lacking nothing. I am insecure, you're not. I am co-dependent. I have issues, you have none. You have no kinks in your armor. And he says if you…

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New Blog For You

We just wanted to inform you that Joel, who has been writing for us here at the Christian Monthly Standard, has opened a new blog site where he can contribute more frequently and be more free to express his personal viewpoints. There he will continue to write about God and how faith affects politics. Be sure to add him to your blog reader. He has a new post today (March 16), which is quite good. So check it out: http://politicalfaith.wordpress.com/

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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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Yeah, We Are On The Board!

Christian Monthly Standard is a pretty new blog site. In fact, we have only been blogging for less than a year. Before that, we wrote longer length articles on a monthly basis. But it seemed that shorter and more frequent was better than longer and less frequent. So the Christian Monthly Standard became more of a "Christian Daily Standard," even though we maintain our original name. I have noticed that it is difficult to attract readers because there are so…

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