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  • Your Majesty May 24, 2024
          From Merriam-Webster Dictionary Majesty 1:   sovereign power, authority, or dignity 2:   used in addressing or referring to reigning sovereigns and their consorts 3:   a-royal bearing or aspect, grandeur  b-greatness or splendor of quality or character   A coronation ascribes kingship, or queenship, to an individual. The terms of royal sovereignty and reign are […]
  • Resurrection Day March 29, 2024
    On the first anniversary of the resurrection of Christ, what kind of celebration took place? Was it dutifully noted as a special day? Perhaps the fervor of the early followers had not yet waned, and so they simply paused for a moment to remember that a year had passed since their lives were transformed by […]
  • Scoffers Come Scoffing February 22, 2024
    On Oct 7, 2023, a war began. No surprise there. Nothing that hasn’t happened before, right? People scoffed. It's just another outbreak of the war that never ends. Our president was quick to respond with a message of reassurance. When I heard Biden say that he, and America, will stand with Israel no matter what, […]
  • The Promises of Democracy January 15, 2024
    A true leader brings great hope to a nation.Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath […]
  • The Good Question January 5, 2024
    God is great. God is good. Let us thank Him for our food. By His hand we all are fed. Give us, Lord, our daily bread. AmenMost children, or at least those who learn to give thanks at mealtime, recite this little prayer. It teaches the basic lesson of expressing gratitude for God’s provision. But […]
  • Why Do You Go to Church? October 6, 2023
     The question carried a hint of sarcasm, or maybe defiance. Either way, the person aiming the inquisition clearly wasn’t a believer. I told him I was a Christian and that’s what Christians should do. It’s an act of obedience. He shrugged. I could have shared a better answer. I go to church for a multitude […]
  • A Transhuman Odyssey September 1, 2023
    This post appeared a few years back. I'm running it again as I share the September sale of books two and three. Here are the links -- just click on the titles.Killswitch  (book 2)                                            […]
  • The Convergence July 3, 2023
     From the window of my home office, I gaze across a couple of acres to the gray house where an American flag wilts against a metal pole. The sky is blue with only a few small cloud puffs that are seemingly as motionless as my neighbor’s flag. It’s a peaceful scene on a quiet day […]
  • Do We Still Need the Ten Commandments? June 23, 2023
     First published January 2019An article I read last week told how prominent pastor Andy Stanley declared that churches should no longer erect monuments of the Ten Commandments because the old covenant does not apply to Christians. After reading the article, and many of the heated comments that followed, I considered my own feelings when the Ten […]
  • Living the Truth in an Untruthful World March 17, 2023
     In the post-modern world, a simple argument clears up a lot of the confusion, or maybe it doesn’t.  You’ve probably heard it. It begins with a question: Is there absolute truth? Answer: No, there is no absolute truth. We create our own truth. What is true for you may not be true for me. All […]
  • The Everlasting Gospel February 17, 2023
    This is the last of my Gospel posts. The original post from a few years ago entitled The Everlasting Gospel reviewed all the previous Gospel posts and told of current events as they related to prophecy, politics, and persecution. I won’t review the other Gospel posts here, since I’ve just shared them over the last […]
  • The Far-Reaching Gospel January 27, 2023
     Nearly four hundred years ago, a movement within the Christian community engineered the future of the church by stressing field preaching, aiming to draw in young people, the writing of innovative hymns, taking those hymns outside the church, and meeting together in small groups. The fields have become streets, and street preachers are not typically […]
  • The Selfless Gospel January 13, 2023
     And my selfish pursuit of survival.Here’s what I needed: To be rescued from among the fallen, reconciled with God, restored to a condition worthy of eternity in Heaven, and redeemed from unavoidable death.So I turned to Christ to rescue, reconcile, restore, and redeem me. I needed it. I wanted to possess it. And in my […]
  • The Intolerant Gospel December 30, 2022
     Tolerance, subjective thinking, and PhariseesMuch is expected of us, even demanded regarding the virtue of tolerance. At its essence, it is an honorable mindset—accepting of others and kind in speech and action. In its expression, it has evoked a cultural shift into something less generous. The finger of the enlightened often points at Christians as […]
  • The Lavish Gospel December 16, 2022
     Simply put, it's more than you can imagine.Last time I wrote about The Minimalist Gospel. Not that there is any such thing. I only used the classification to describe a customized pseudo-Gospel. One filling a need in a person’s life. But not breathing life into a person’s need.I suggested a minimalist Gospel doesn’t require pain or […]
  • The Minimalist Gospel December 2, 2022
     It doesn't mean giving up everything.She came to church to get things in order. She has cleaned up her life. Stopped dating men she met at bars. Got her kids enrolled in the church’s summer camp. Cleaned out her closets. Tossed a few outfits she should never have bought. And some books and movies. She […]
  • The Command of the Gospel November 18, 2022
     What choice do I have?A verse well-known and repeated often by Christians is Romans 6:23:For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.Taking this to heart, we might conclude it’s all about the gift. And accepting the gift is all about choice. We […]
  • The Wavering Severity of the Gospel November 4, 2022
    And the invariable tenderness of the offer. Last week I blogged about the Actual Gospel, and I mentioned a statement I’d heard that we Christians can be rough on people concerning their utter sinfulness. Maybe, this person said, the preacher’s too hard on the congregation with his constant sin bashing. The long-time believer surprised me […]
  • The Actual Gospel October 28, 2022
    Is there more than one?Last week my Sunday school teacher used the term the actual Gospel, and it yelled, “Hey, I’m a title!” Titles do that. After class I told my teacher I was stealing, uh, borrowing it. I placed it at the top of the “things to write about” pile in my head and went […]
  • The End of the Gospel October 14, 2022
     In years past I wrote several “gospel” blogposts. The first was inspired by a Sunday School teacher who referred to the “actual gospel.” This term jumped out at me as a title, and I wrote about it. More writings followed. I wrote about other subjects—the condition of our society, the advancement of science as it pertains […]
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