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One Christian’s Take on The Hunger Games

When there is no freedom, no God, and no food, people go nuts. My wife and I saw The Hunger Games last night. I don't normally review movies, but as far as movies go, I thought it was good. My wife had recently read the book, so she explained that the violence of the movie was scaled back many times over, probably to achieve the PG rating. Leading up to seeing the movie, I had read and heard quite a bit of chatter from the Christian community about the story - much of …

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Is Mad Men a Religious Program?

Well... no, but it certainly makes for a good illustration of a very simple biblical principle - that of consequences. The laws of "sowing and reaping" or "cause and effect" are realities we cannot escape. I loved Russell Moore's post on this topic so much I wanted to pass it along here. So often our approach is to write off anything non-religious as being non-spiritually-valuable. I'm not saying (and neither is Dr. Moore) that watching Mad Men or any other television …

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Why God’s Judgment Is Such a Tough Subject

As Isaiah put it, God's ways are above our ways, and His thoughts are above our thoughts. He is holy, transcendent, distinct, and set apart from us. And He is, as Noah put it, the "Judge of all the earth," and He will "do right." But we often answer wrongly on His behalf. Let me say that I don't have all the answers, and I don't always explain things well. As a Pastor, I always like to think I have an answer, which sometimes prevents me from being honest enough to say, "I …

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Preaching About Depravity

Yesterday, I preached about depravity. We're journeying through the entire Bible and I came to the passage where Moses comes down off the mountain and the people have made a golden calf. God prepared him with the information, but Moses was still utterly shocked at their rebellion. That's how we approach the subject of depravity - we can hardly believe it. I mean, sure, people mess up, but totally wicked to the core from birth? …

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The Rush of Summer

Isn't summer supposed to be our vacation from the busyness of life? This summer, for the Cox family, is flying right by in a whirlwind of activity. We've traveled to see family in three different states (Missouri and Georgia for Angie, Kentucky for me). We're getting ready to spend a week at church camp. And then, it will be time for Angie to return to work, for me to get busy with a new church year, and for Ella to begin Kindergarten. In the midst of being busy in these …

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What A Wonderful World

At our wedding, Angie and I chose to have Louie Armstrong's song played... What a Wonderful World. In light of yesterday's shootings, and so many other monumental tragedies in recent years, is it really a wonderful world? We were driving to Fort Smith yesterday for the annual meeting of the BMA of America and were reflecting on some of the tragedies that have taken place at this same time of the year such as the Oklahoma City bombing (April, 1995), the Waco compound burning …

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God’s Plan for Global Warming

After a decade and more of increased intensity in natural disasters, rising temperatures in the oceans, chunks of ice the size of states breaking off of the Arctic and Antarctic, we've come to realize that something about planet earth is changing. Well... at least some of us realize it. Let me say first of all that I am not a scientist and I do not wish to argue either side of the global warming debate. Rather, I'm interested in discovering a Christian response to the reality …

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Paradise Lost

"And unto Adam [God] said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hasteaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is theground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns andthistles shall it bring forth to thee;." -Genesis 3:17-18a Seagrove Beach, where our family recently vacationed, is an ideal place for those needing to getaway. There are no fast food or motel chains …

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