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10 Questions to Ask Before You Get That Tattoo

Tattoos are really trendy these days. It seems like just about everyone is getting them, Christians included. Among young people, tattoos have become a common and accepted form of self-expression – something that was unthinkable in my grandparent’s generation. Biblically, Christians have the freedom to get tattoos. The only place tattoos are expressly forbidden in […]

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Kill Your Inner Drama Queen

There’s no technical definition for the term “drama queen”, yet pretty much anyone can spot a drama queen from a mile away! As I see it, a drama queen is a person (not necessarily female) who has an inordinate desire for attention, even if it is negative. A drama queen relishes having something to talk […]

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Reflections on the Death of Fred Phelps

Fred Phelps, the infamous founder and pastor of Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) in Topeka, Kansas, died this week at the age of 84. Phelps and his church are known primarily for their relentless anti-gay picketing (as well as picketing other things such as the funerals of American soldiers, Jewish institutions, rock concerts, etc.) and their […]

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The Bible is the Best Evangelism Tool, Not Movies

So the Son of God movie hit theatres recently and has created quite the buzz. I’ve heard a mixture of reviews, some that condemn it as practically Satanic and others that hail it as the precursor to the next mass revival. I’d better say this upfront – I haven’t seen it, and I’m not sure […]

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Is It Wrong to Complain to God?

Sometimes things don’t happen the way we expect them to. Life rarely goes smoothly and many days are filled up with struggles, annoyances, and disappointments. What’s a person to do? For most of us, our automatic response is to complain. It’s normal, and part of being human. But we would be wise to ask, is […]

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Can We Stop Swinging the Pendulum, Please?

I like to think of myself as a rational guy. Like anyone, my emotions can get the better of me. But, for the most part, I am the type of person who is slow to form a strong opinion. I don’t mind being undecided about something until I know more. I try to see the […]

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Thoughts on the “I Love Jesus But Hate Church” Crowd

Been burned by the church? Take heart – you are not alone! Countless Christians just like you are sick and tired of dealing with hypocrisy, politics, power-hungry leaders, and churches more concerned about their own existence than extending the arms of love to others. The simple solution to rejuvenate your faith and re-discover your relationship […]

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4 Practical Tips for Better Sermon Deliveries

Many people know that communication is partly non-verbal; a person’s mannerisms, facial expressions, and body language can covey a message just as clearly (sometimes more so) than the actual words they are speaking. While preaching cannot be compared in all respects to public speaking, it is still a form of it, and we preachers would […]

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10 New Year’s Resolutions for Teen Guys

With New Year’s Day just around the corner, here are a few resolutions for teen guys to consider making. I will stop playing video games / surfing the internet until the wee hours of the night…then skipping school or church the next day because I’m “sick”. I will commit to reading my Bible (even if […]

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Thinking of Home Like a Foreign Mission Field

In North America, we are fond of sending missionaries overseas. Nothing gets a church fired up like sending people on short or long-term mission trips. But anyone who has participated in cross-cultural missions knows that it is not easy. There is a lot of preparation that makes missionary work successful. Learning a new language, studying […]

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