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A Few Thoughts On The 2020 Election

Oct 31st, 2020 | By

O. Alan Noble of Oklahoma Baptist University perceptively and solemnly observes, “Whether you describe it as a decadent society or a decaying culture or a democracy dying in darkness, 2020 has given us a taste for what Cormac McCarthy once described as ‘the frailty of everything revealed at last.’ We have been frail for a very long time, but what we could deny before has been made glaringly manifest through a pandemic, racial injustice, social unrest, mass unemployment, and a highly contentious presidential election that earnest folks on both sides have described in existential terms.



John 17:1-26

Oct 28th, 2020 | By

As our high priest, Jesus prays that His Father will be glorified by His sacrifice, that the Father will keep His disciples from the evil one, and that His church will manifest a unity, a unity evident among the members of the godhead.



“Remixed Spirituality:” A Challenge For The Church

Oct 24th, 2020 | By

Meaningful spirituality focuses on four components: meaning, purpose, community, and ritual. Centered in Jesus Christ, genuine, biblical Christianity offers eternally significant content to these four components. However, within American culture today an amalgamation of cultural forces constitute what Tara Isabella Burton calls “Remixed Spirituality.”



John 16:1-33

Oct 23rd, 2020 | By

Jesus teaches that the Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment and that He teaches and guides in all truth.



John 15:1-17

Oct 20th, 2020 | By

Using the analogy of a vine and the branches, Jesus challenges us to “abide in Him,” a dependency on HIm that has four intended results and four key characteristics.



Thinking Christianly About QAnon

Oct 17th, 2020 | By

Years ago, historian Richard Hofstadter wrote an important book entitled The Paranoid Style in American Politics, in which he documented the role paranoia, fear and conspiracy theories have played in American political culture. He called it “an arena for angry minds.”



Lessons From The Liberty University Scandal

Oct 10th, 2020 | By

A major premise of Scripture is that leaders are always called to a higher standard. Indeed, spiritual leaders in the church and in ministry are called to be “above reproach” (1 Timothy 3:2). Leaders in ministry are to be servant leaders, modeling the biblical truths they espouse (see Philippians 2:5-11, Luke 22:21-30 and John 13:1-17). Leaders are to avoid even the “appearance of evil” in their lifestyles and in their words (1 Thessalonians 5:22).



John 14:15-31

Oct 8th, 2020 | By

Jesus introduces the facets of the New Covenant Community–prayer, the Holy Spirit, the new circle of love in Christ and Christ’s peace.



Foreign Policy Realism In A Fallen World

Oct 3rd, 2020 | By

Fundamental to the Christian worldview is that we live in a fallen, broken world. Sin and rebellion against God are the defining characteristics of this dark world over which Satan rules (2 Corinthians 4:4). The modern nation-state, in terms of world history, is a relatively new development on the world scene.



John 14:1-14

Sep 30th, 2020 | By

As the way, the truth and the life, Jesus reveals the Father and the Holy Spirit whom He will send.