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  • SCOTUS and Premillennialism

    What the Supreme Court of the United States did last week was simply play catch-up with the many other countries that were ahead of it in the headlong pursuit of institutionalized ungodliness. South Africa’s constitution, for one sad example, protects not only same-sex marriage but [...]

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  • Fat Secret: The Invisible Sin of Gluttony

    Oliver Twist could hardly be accused of gluttony when he voiced his politely audacious request, “Please sir, I want some more.” But an identical demand from the overstuffed mouth of young Augustus Gloop, the obese candy addict in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, would elicit a call for [...]

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  • The Lore of Running

    In November 2012, 530 runners were poised on the starting line for the Heaton Harriers 10km race through Newcastle, England. As is customary a cyclist familiar with the route—or “rabbit” as it is quaintly known—was employed to ride just ahead of the frontrunners to lead [...]

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  • Your One Thing: Devotional Minimalism

    “Houston, we have a problem.” What Apollo 13 Commander Jim Lovell didn’t fully appreciate at 9:07pm on April 13th (of course), 1970, while shunting at full speed 205,000 miles from Earth, was that they didn’t have a problem; they had several problems. Each item on the lengthy and unnerving list of problems [...]

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  • Spiritual Carbo-loading

    In honor of the Comrades Marathon, the world’s premier ultra-marathon (that made church impossible yesterday!) I have posted this excerpt from Holding the Rope: Short-Term Missions Long-Term Impact. Spiritual Carbo-loading The short-term missions (STM) trip is such a potent shot of spiritual adrenalin that the testimonies [...]

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  • Why French Kids Don’t Have ADHD

    This is an article parents with kids diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder should consider.   In the United States, at least 9 percent of school-aged children have been diagnosed with ADHD, and are taking pharmaceutical medications. In France, the percentage of kids diagnosed and medicated [...]

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  • Fifty Shades of Khaki: Biblical Minimalism

    I like to pack light, even for extended journeys. And I mean really light: one small carry-on backpack no matter how long the trip or how many climate zones I’ll traverse. My wife calls it oddball asceticism, but I call it biblical minimalism. My penchant [...]

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  • What sport should my kid play?

    Parenting provides an ever ready laboratory for experimenting with theology’s application to real life. Doctrine is designed to seep deeply into the substance of life. If truth isn’t changing your workaday decisions about everything from toothpaste (why do you want whiter teeth?) to diet (for [...]

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