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A Portrait of an American Christian

Many of us are aware of the story of Lot, especially when it comes to the portion about Sodom and Gomorrah. We often think of him as a man who compromised his beliefs and conformed to the wickedness of Sodom; a man who offered his own daughters to the sexual perverts of the city that… Continue reading A Portrait of an American Christian

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The Millstone

It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. – Luke 17:2 We live in a culture that constantly offends children. Disney came out and said that they want to increase their LBGTQ representation in… Continue reading The Millstone

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The Case for the Cultural Study of Religion

RELIGION AND CULTURE  Rituals, symbols, and myths have been at the forefront of the Sociology of Religion since Durkheim (1915) wrote of the prominence of beliefs, rights, and rituals in the worship of social life. Naturism, animism, and totemic beliefs are mostly bygone religions – relics of a pre-industrialized world, but Durkheim predicted that religion… Continue reading The Case for the Cultural Study of Religion

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American Secularization and Media Depictions of End Times

INTRODUCTION  Media Influence  Art has always had an influence on society, even if that influence is more indirect than the artist intended. In the “age of mechanical reproduction” (Benjamin 1969[1936]), the aura of art may not be as strong as the medium of film and television has eclipsed the close distance of the stage. The… Continue reading American Secularization and Media Depictions of End Times

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Delighting in God’s Will

“I delight to do thy will, O my God: Yea, thy law is within my heart.”Psalm 40:8 David was “a man after [God’s] own heart,” according to Acts 13:22. Therefore, his words should resonate with us if we want to be viewed the same way. David not only committed Scripture to memory, but kept it… Continue reading Delighting in God’s Will

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Pleasant Words

“Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, Sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭16:24‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ 1 Corinthians 15:33 tells us, “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” Communication is vital to any relationship. Studies show that communication is one of the top measures for the success or failure of a marriage. There are… Continue reading Pleasant Words

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The Church (Part 4): The Local Church

We have come a long way on our journey to better understand the church. So far we have focused on mostly the spiritual Church. We have addressed:   The Trail of Blood - The history of the church from Acts 2 until today, the martyrs gave their lives to the cause of Christ, and the persecution… Continue reading The Church (Part 4): The Local Church