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If War was Right for Christians . . . ?

Upon the news that twenty one Christians were brutally slain by ISIS I thought about Jesus on His fateful day . . . . If war were right for Christians today, it would have been right for the apostles and even Christ himself. But, blessed be God, we are not left in darkness and doubt […]

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Die Like A Man

What God asked, Abraham has done, he offered his only son. The story of the Bible is all about life, but the picture that is presented, over and over again, is all about death. There is a doorway to life; who can deny it, and it leads through narrow straits; can you see it? There […]

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Is it Wrong for a Christian to Celebrate Memorial Day?

This is my tribute to Peace. Tomorrow I will celebrate a day set-aside to remember those who have given a great sacrifice to preserve the freedom that we Americans take for granted. Anyone who is familiar with my writings may stop and wonder if what I am doing isn’t hypocritical to a stance that I […]

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The Church: What it Is and What it Ain’t, Part 4

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series The Church: What it Is, and What it Ain't

The thief on the cross believed Jesus and was saved. Having been released from all that bound him to his former life he was ready to believe with all his heart and strength the simple truth of what he was now confronted. But, what was it that he believed? Was it dogma, homiletics, patristics, liturgies, […]

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The Church and Its Orthodoxy (Conformity) Toward War: Part 5

This entry is part 5 of 8 in the series The Church and Its Orthodoxy (Conformity) Toward War

As we have seen in the last article, the Book of Hebrews starts out with a definitive statement of the relationship and authority of Jesus regarding everything that was written, or said, before His arrival. But, the words from the author of Hebrews are only an intensification of the words spoken by Jesus Himself in […]

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The Christianization of War and Violence Pt. 5 A Response to a Question

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Christianization of war and violence

Because of the articles I wrote about the “Christianization of War and Violence” I now find it necessary to go just a little further. The number one response to this controversial topic is the question of defending others from an evil person set on doing harm to a friend or family member. We can easily […]

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The Christianization of War and Violence, Pt 2

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Christianization of war and violence

Part Two For 1700 years Christians have justified war and self-defense, but where did this notion come from, the Bible? There is a general rejection of the Kingdom teachings of Jesus, which are encapsulated in His Sermon on the Mount. Christ’s teachings on wealth, oaths, and divorce are offensive to most Christians and they spend […]

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Pioneering the Truth

  The thoughts within our heads move in certain trained ways which make it easy for us to jump to conclusions or make assumptions. For instance I assume that when I use the word “God” that everyone understands that I mean the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, […]

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Hellbent On Sin

Why does the idea of sin not take Christians by the neck and shake the Devil out of them? Because the vast majority of Believers care little about sin in their own lives, and give precious little thought about how and why sin deceives us and seeks to destroy us. Sin is the prevailing evil […]

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Was Jesus A Pacifist As Defined By Webster?

Definition of PACIFIST 2: strongly and actively opposed to conflict and especially war Does that definition describe Jesus? No! Although He never engaged in or even defended Himself against violence, and charged His followers to do the same, He did not strongly and actively oppose conflict or war by unbelieving nations or people. On the contrary the Bible […]