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  • Blood, Sweat, and Fear: did Jesus sweat blood?

    Under the churchillian title “Blood, Sweat, and Fear” a sanguine little article by J. E. Holoubek made a big splash in the arid annals of The Journal of Medicine (02/1996). It presents seventy-six patients who claimed to have, at least once, sweated blood. The descriptions of these putative [...]

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  • May I marry for looks? An Open Letter to Single Male Idiots

    Dear (usually young) single male, I have been asked this same question by many of your ilk. To be more honest than I’d be if I were posting this answer on a blog, I confess I have made that same enquiry myself. The conventional wisdom [...]

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  • Labor Daze: 4 truths not covered in job orientation

    In honor of Labor Day here are four truths your PR department probably didn’t cover in your orientation package… 1. Work is a gift God created the man with a purpose: to enjoy fellowship with God and offer worship to God through work.  Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let us [...]

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  • Losing your voice: 4 ways pastors lose pulpits

    There are many ways to leave a church honorably. You could die in the pulpit. You might gracefully retire so a younger man can fill your shoes. Perhaps you feel called to another ministry, and your current elders support you in that endeavor. But there are [...]

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  • Communion on the Moon: a total eclipse of the point

    This is information is about forty-five years the wrong side of news; but it’s news to me. On July 20, 1969, moments after the lunar module, The Eagle, alighted upon the Sea of Tranquility, a solitary Presbyterian church elder celebrated the Lord’s Supper in reverent silence—on [...]

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  • John MacArthur still Holding the Rope

    John MacArthur is a champion of missions. Under his leadership, Grace Community Church and The Master’s Seminary has populated the mission field with literally hundreds of missionary families. Much of what I know about Short-Term Missions I learned on the job at Grace Community’s Outreach [...]

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  • Ebola, Zombies, and Medical Missions

    If you haven’t read Al Mohler’s brilliant response to Ann Coulter, you need to. Or, if you prefer a version with zombies in it, read on. Last week an American doctor, Kent Brantly, and a nurse who contracted the Ebola virus on a medical outreach trip [...]

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  • To Cut a Long Story Short: Preaching Obadiah

    This is a long story, but I’ll keep it short. In 1878 Floyd Hatfield had a pig. Somehow this pig got a tiny bit of its ear bitten off or otherwise severed, or so Hatfield claimed. You see, on the other side of Tug Fork [...]

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"Who having been called to be a preacher would stoop to be a king?" - Puritan Thomas Carlyle