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“If You’re Anti-Gay, Indiana Wants You To Visit”

This headline, from the HuffPost, is a great way to introduce the “Headlines and Between” feature. Headlines have a way of making us think that they are not just a ‘truth claim’, but they are, in fact, a ‘true’ truth claim. Back when journalism, and our culture, believed in absolute truth, journalists were held to a standard that was transcendent…yo...

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Ask the Puffer Fish

For twenty years, scientists have been baffled by what you might call “crop circles” or “sand castles” on the bottom of the ocean off the coast of Japan’s Amami Oshima Island. The mystery is now solved. These intricate, strange yet beautiful designs were painstakingly made by a male puffer fish in hopes that his “castle” might attract a pretty lit...

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New Species?

CBS posted an article entitled “10 Top Coolest New Species”. When I first read the headline, I thought it was proposing that evolution had given us ten new species. No. Every year the International Institute for Species Exploration delivers a list of species they have been newly discovered. It is a great site if you are interested. http://www.esf.edu/species/ This year incl...

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What is a Worldview?

The classic definitions of “worldview” take some form of “the lens through which one sees the world around them”. I think it is much deeper than this and much more complicated. In fact, I think there are two, yea three, different categories that we should keep in mind when we try to define “worldview” or attempt to understand what it is. For sure, we need ...

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"God Is Not On Our Side: The Religious Right's Big Lie About the Founding of America"

This headline was prominently displayed on Yahoo.com, Sunday, June 28, 2015. It is an excerpt from Steven K. Green’s “Inventing a Christian America: The Myth of the Religious Founding”. Green is a law professor and Director of the Center for Religion, Law, and Democracy at Willamette University. Reading the headline, one would think that the article would expose “the ...

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Homosexual Marriage Ruling: Response of the Remnant

There is a great miracle that lies before us in this nation. I believe it is the greatest miracle God has performed in our history, though there have been many. The miracle is that there remains here, after over a hundred years of walking away from Him, a huge remnant. I have a friend who lives in Belgium. He made this statement to me several years ago: “We lost the Netherlands in one gen...

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Homosexual Marriage Ruling: Practical Actions for the Remnant

Okay, we’ve made some observations about the Supreme Court ruling and we have issued a call to confession, repentance and prayer…now what? Well, I would like to offer some practical actions for us to consider. And, since I have a great tendency to see all of the issues and problems around us in terms of where they fall in the social systems that God has created, I will offer my ...

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Personally Victimized by Amazon

Amazon attempted to have a big sale event. They called it "Amazon Prime Day". Although I wasn’t caught up in it, evidently a lot of people were. Amazon did a lot of advertising and marketing to promote it. The day has now come and gone and some people weren’t too thrilled with the event. Time posted an article titled, “Everybody Hates Amazon’s Prime Day Deal...

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Taming the Federal Beast

Baseball is a game of rules. But it is also a game of balance. If the pitching mound were 20 feet from the plate and the bases were 150 feet apart, the offense would never score. Keeping the proper “balance” between the power of the offense and defense in any major sport is critical. If one side gets too powerful, the rules must be changed to get it back in balance. This is exact...

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U.N. Endorses Iranian Nuclear Deal

For the world, this was just another day of world politics. For the United States, this was just another thumbing of the nose at the U.S. Constitution. For the life of me, I can’t understand how we have allowed this to go on this long. For a lot of people in our nation, the Constitution is that strange thing radical, right wing fanatics keep dredging up, but, for them, it is just so...

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