Finding life

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A recent report by the National Center for Health Statistics reveals life expectancy in the United States – for both men and women – peaked in 2012 and has been declining ever since.  The primary contributing factors are drugs, alcohol, and suicide.  Substance abuse and suicide have increased at...

A Mandate for Ministry Leaders

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Sexual harassment, abuse, and perversity by ministry leaders is a painful reality. It’s hard to demand others in our culture to maintain moral standards when ministry leaders fail to do so. Moral authority is forfeited by hypocritical ministry leaders who demand from others what they are not...

Simple questions

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The American church has never been more analyzed and categorized, with predictions galore about where it’s headed, what it’s becoming, how it needs to change, and whether it is growing, plateaued, or declining. It’s easy to get lost in all this and decide the health of our local church more...

Slow to criticize

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My friend Ted Cotton died a few days ago. At his memorial service, attended by about 400 people, the moderator asked everyone who had been led to faith in Jesus and baptized by Ted to raise their hand. Dozens of hands went up. He then asked everyone who had been mentored into ministry by Ted to...

Moral confusion

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Most people today believe right and wrong are determined by two sources – either what they feel is right/wrong or by what laws say are right/wrong. This means feelings determine truth for individuals and legislatures determine truth for the community. This is a backwards approach. Truth must...

Hope in the new year

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Spending several days during the holidays with four grandchildren under age three caused me to think about our world, their future, and my perspective on what their world may be like when they are my age. Despite my natural optimism, the overall trajectory of current events, the overwhelming...

Islands of Sanity

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Moral confusion about sexual issues is so common in our culture it is now our normal ministry milieu. Sexual harassment in the workplace, sex offenders in neighborhoods, and sexual escapades by societal influences are daily occurrences. Yet, our culture continues to embrace confusing moral...

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