Answering the Daily Beast “Devil” Article

Based on the article from Matthew Paul Turner on thedailybeast.com: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/02/16/why-american-christians-love-satan.html Matthew, interesting article, I agree that many Christians attempt to associate the actions of individuals as connecting with Satan’s camp. And therein lies the problem. The focus of the church aligns the actions of the individual with the devil – but not the outcomes.…

Connecting with a Culture in Crisis

In my pre-teen years, I often handed over my pittance of a weekly allowance to the cashier at the local hobby supply store. Completing enough chores that week meant I could make it out of the store with a model plane kit and few small bottles of Testors Paint before the money ran out. The…

Understanding Sin’s “Wage”

“For the wages of sin….” (Rom. 6:23, NIV) Romans 6:23 is another verse commonly used in church evangelism. But to really grasp its full objectivity, we need to expand this scripture to its logical conclusion, adding the words that are not evident but assumed. From an employee/employer context, this passage isn’t simply referring to the…

Trouble in Paradise

Although scripture asserts that the wages of sin “is death,” many people appear to get off scott free. We certainly see much of our society engaging in ‘sinful’ behaviors, only to blissfully meander through life supposedly unscathed. Sure, you can harbor the inner self-righteous hope that they’ll get theirs in the end, but is that…

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Can We Cut the World a Little Slack?

“For the lips of an adulterous drip honey… Her ways are unstable, she does not KNOW it.” Proverbs 5:3 and Proverbs 5:6 NASB As believers, we often attack the actions of those that don’t subscribe to our particular beliefs (ironically, often referred to as “the world”). Or worse, we associate “the world’s” actions and creations…