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Purgatory is Based on a Promise of Jesus’

November 1, 2015 11 Comments
Purgatory is Based on a Promise of Jesus’

I have blogged before on Purgatory. Here is a link to one of those blogs: Purgatory – Biblical and Reasonable. I have also written more extensively on its biblical roots here: PDF Document on Purgatory. On this Feast of All Souls, I want to reflect on Purgatory as the necessary result of a promise. Many […]

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What Has Happened to True, Deep, and Lasting Friendship in our Culture? Do You Have Close Friends? Really? Who?

September 14, 2015 7 Comments
What Has Happened to True, Deep, and Lasting Friendship in our Culture? Do You Have Close Friends? Really? Who?

One of the (many) troublesome aspects of the modern age is the demise of friendship. While the terms “friend” and “friendship” might be bandied about rather easily today, they do not usually mean friendship in its deeper and original sense. Rather, we use the terms to refer to “acquaintances” rather than friends. True friendship has […]

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A 4th of July Meditation on the Paradox that Freedom can only exist within limits

July 3, 2014 17 Comments
A 4th of July Meditation on the Paradox that Freedom can only exist within limits

On the Fourth of July in the United States of America we celebrate freedom. In particular we celebrate freedom from tyranny, freedom from government that is not representative, and freedom from unchecked power and unaccountable sovereigns. Yet as Christians, we cannot overlook that there are ways of understanding freedom today that are distorted, exaggerated, and detached […]

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Holiness is more than being”Nice.”

October 15, 2013 38 Comments
Holiness is more than being”Nice.”

We live in a time that has tended to reduce holiness to merely being nice and agreeable. In this manner of thinking holiness tends to be variously thought of as: getting along well with everyone, being kind, agreeable, helpful, likable, generous, pleasant, mild mannered, amiable, good humored, middle of the road, even tempered, placid, benevolent, […]

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On the urgency that Jesus had to save us, as seen in a commercial

September 20, 2013 12 Comments

The commercial in the video below has a surprise ending. We are led through a very traditional story line about a child who can’t wait for Christmas. But then comes the twist at the end. You may wish to view it before you read any further commentary by me, lest my comments, give the surprise […]

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On the self-consuming caused by Greed, as seen in a humorous video

July 19, 2013 17 Comments
On the self-consuming caused by Greed, as seen in a humorous video

The humorous video below well illustrates some of the following lines from the Book of Ecclesiastes: The fool folds his arms and consumes his own flesh. Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and a chasing after the wind….Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their […]

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On the Preventative Medicine of The Church’s Wisdom and Experience (As seen on T.V.)

July 12, 2013 12 Comments
On the Preventative Medicine of The Church’s Wisdom and Experience (As seen on T.V.)

As a teenager I remember resenting how adults would try and prevent me from doing what I pleased. They would often warn me not to “learn the hard way” that something was wrong. I would often be told that I should learn from them and their experiences not to make the same mistakes they did. […]

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Romans 1:17ff A Prophetic Interpretation of Reality for Our Times?

June 30, 2013 23 Comments
Romans 1:17ff A Prophetic Interpretation of Reality for Our Times?

Scripture is a prophetic interpretation of reality. That is, it tells us what is really going on from the perspective of the Lord of History. As an inspired text it traces out not only the current of the times, but also the trajectory, the end to which things tend. It is of course important for […]

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