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Is 2020 Judgment from God?

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Article by Larissa Lee 2020 has been the ugliest year the US has seen for a while. As I write this we’ve had two hurricanes rage towards the gulf of Texas and Lousianna. There are…

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Hearing God’s Voice and Discerning God’s Will

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Article by Larissa Lee When someone says, “God told me…” I instinctively cringe. I’ve had self-appointed prophets use “God told me” to emotionally manipulate me. We’ve all likely heard an evangelist claim “God told them”…

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From Christianity to Atheism and Back Again

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Article by Larissa Lee Do you ever wonder what makes a person become an atheist? Or what makes an atheist become a Christian? I’m in a rare position to tell you the answer to both….

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The Paintings of Susan Outlaw (Saturday Art Share)

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We come around a bend, or up over a hill, and we stop, and maybe we gasp, and we lock our eyes on a scene and we mutter something like, “that’s beautiful.’ When we try…

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Can God Make a Rock So Big that Even God Cannot Lift It?

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Article by Dan Kent The moment you confess your belief in God, I have found, some clever fella will emerge from the crowd to stand before you and ask: “Can God make a rock so…

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Saturday Art Share: The Blame

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This week’s Saturday Art Share brings you THE BLAME by me, Dan Kent. The Blame is a two minute parable about the futility of violence. In came to me twenty years ago during an election…

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Saturday Art Share: The Photography of Thomas Jay Oord

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Commentary by Dan Kent I carry a dread in my heart that human progress has whittled nature almost down to nothing. In my heart I assume we’ve marked and tagged, and moved all God’s creatures…

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Resisting the Pull for Armed Defense

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Article by Michael Gonzalez Yesterday it happened again. Another shooting of innocent victims. Violence upon violence. This time and certainly not the first, in a church. A gunman entered West Freeway Church of Christ in…

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God With Us (Not With Them?)

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Article by Elisabeth Bojangle Advent: God coming to us As I write this mid-December morning, my fingers are clumsy and cool from the chilly steering wheel during my drive home from dropping the kids off…

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The Thief (Saturday Art Share)

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The Thief by Dan Kent all my life it seems there are these guys they pop into my scenes like bad ideas in full flesh reactive stances stiff cold eyes “f*** work” they say “don’t…

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Notre Dame on Fire (Saturday Art Share)

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While fire overtook Notre Dame in April, people asked many questions. Did terrorists do this? Did God do this? Would the fire spread? Was this the end of an era? Did this represent the end…

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Saturday Art Share: Scott Toillion

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Every creature belongs where they are at. I think that’s what I like most about the watercolor art of Scott Toillion. The shape and the color and the movement of each creature fits right in…

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Notre Dame and Why Beauty Matters

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Article by Jordan Sutton, from the Holy Week Art Series at ClearPath.Life “Is Paris burning?” That is a direct quote from Adolf Hitler in 1944 on a phone call with his general, Dietrich Hugo Hermann…

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Discipleship > Politics

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Article by Dan Kent Wow. The response to my article Jesus was Not a [Socialist] surprised me! I guess it really scratched an itch for some (and touched a nerve for others). Wouldn’t it be nice if…

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Born Disciples: On Raising Kids to Follow Jesus

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Article by Natalie Frisk In the sixth grade, I had a teacher named Mrs. Klompstra. She was enthusiastic about two things: math and physical education. Now, I realize that these two things may be a…

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Jesus was Not a [Socialist]

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Article by Dan Kent Our political climate right now exhausts me. The fracturing. The bullying. The ideological mobs. I feel like I’m surrounded by a hundred Towers of Babel babbling at me all day long,…

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Saul Never Became Paul — The Myth of the Radical Name Change

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Article by Kurt Willems Today, I have something that may be a huge paradigm shift for you. ​You’ve heard the story: Saul became Paul. It’s a powerful story. A Jewish man once hell-bent on the…

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​A Marriage Confession, But Not That Kind

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Article by Thomas Horrocks Over the last two years I’ve had to do a lot of wrestling with my theology of marriage and divorce. Far too often too many of us try to do theology…

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Can Life Have Meaning Without God?

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Article by Dan Kent King Sisyphus (“Siss-uh-fuss”) was a mythical king who enjoyed killing random travelers and starting wars. He killed for pleasure. He killed for profit. He killed for pride. When he died the…

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Cruciform Communion Meal—Second Course: Blessed

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(this is the second course; you can find the first course here) What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word Blessed? Go ahead. Think on it. I’ll wait right…

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