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The Truth About the Knowability of Truth

Let me talk philosophy for a second. Truth is knowable. People debate that, but 2 + 2 = 4. Every. Single. Time. Just try to come up with a different answer. This is why I was always better at math than other subjects (until I sat next to Angie in Algebra - all downhill from there). I like that numbers always work the exact same way while who writes the best English paper is such a subjective issue. I've noticed a trend in Christianity recently in which certain doctrines or …

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Four Commitments the Church Ought to Keep for the World’s Sake

I'm not an SBC Pastor (Southern Baptist Convention). I'm a BMA Pastor (Baptist Missionary Association of America), but I did grow up in an SBC church, served as a Pastor at an SBC church, and many of my great heroes in ministry have been SBC leaders. So I remain somewhat tuned into SBC happenings, especially via the blogosphere. I was especially intrigued by the election of Dr. Ronnie Floyd as SBC President earlier this month. Dr. Floyd, for me, ties together the posture …

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In a Culture War, There Can Be No Truce Nor Victory, So…

Hobby Lobby went to court. World Vision changed its hiring policy. Then they changed it back. The President visited the Pope. It's been a big week - not for the kingdom, but for western evangelicalism. And it hasn't been pretty. The church is called, in Scripture, the "pillar and ground of truth," so I believe we have a responsibility to be a voice for God's truth in the middle of a society that doesn't recognize or understand Him. That being said, I don't believe our …

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The Truth of the Bible Still Matters, and It Always Will

The Bible is literally true. If I just lost you, that's okay. I get that this may come across as a weird statement to anyone reading who is 1) not a Christian, 2) a new Christian, or 3) a "progressive" Christian who disagrees. And it's downright laughable to the skeptic who denies it on scientific or historical grounds. I'm okay with that. I made a rather significant decision when I was seventeen years old. I was struggling with God's calling on my life and my …

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Demolishing Strongholds

I love having what I call "family fortnights," nights when our family builds a fort. Sometimes we break our sectional sofa apart and turn pieces of it up on end, stretch blankets and bedsheets over it all and create a fort. In the imagination of my toddler, this creates a special fortress of protection from the elements and our enemies. In the mind of my wife, I'm making a mess of her living room, but she's in the fort too. Satan loves to build forts too. The Bible refers to …

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Wear the Belt of Truth

I once had a conversation with some Amish gentlemen who were apparently having fun with my lack of knowledge about their culture. "Know why we wear these black suspenders?," one asked, to which I replied, "No, why?" "To hold our pants up!," he said as he and his friends LOL'd. We would assume that belts are made for the same purpose, but in the day in which Paul encouraged us to... Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist,... - Ephesians 6:14 …

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Truth Isn’t Subject to Change

On the radio this morning were two different stories about major moral issues in American culture. On the abortion front was the story of North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple signing into law two of the strictest anti-abortion bills in the country: one that bans abortion when a fetal heartbeat can be detected; and the other which bans abortions on the basis of fetal abnormalities. North Dakota may now be the most conservative state on the issue, even surpassing my own state of …

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Big Truths I Need to Hear Every Day

I'm a messed up human being. I don't mean that I'm particularly deranged - just that I was born broken and have reached the plateau of adulthood carrying some flaws with me. The biggest flaw? I believe lies... sometimes. Here's a law of life that can't be avoided or broken... The way I think determines what I believe, which determines how I act, which creates my path and all of its rewards and consequences. Ultimately, life's trajectory is a result of my beliefs. When I …

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Neil Greenhaw’s Newest Single Is Out

I had the rare privilege of reading the lyrics to Not Holding Back when Neil was writing them, and then heard the song during it's time in production. I can tell you that Neil agonized over this song, making sure its theology was well rooted in Scripture and that its message was needed by today's church. I've watched Neil lead Grace Hills in worship, but I've also had many behind-the-scenes conversations with this genuine, authentic worshipper. I can tell you that he means …

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We Need That Old Time Religion!

I'm writing this article to a generation that might never have heard the old song, Old Time Religion (so I included a clip from an old movie for you). I grew up in an old-fashioned church. We had an old building, built in 1833, and an old cemetery with civil war era headstones. We sang old songs on old instruments and most of the old people that were my heroes when I was younger have gone on home to heaven. You may be preparing yourself for one of those "we need things to …

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