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Doctrine Trumps Relationship

I have never watched Duck Dynasty, nor do I ever care to.  Part of it is that I do not like to watch much television, part of it is that I am not a fan of reality TV, and the final part is that I do not like the pure commercialization of Duck Dynasty paraphernalia.  But I have to offer great praise for the 'Duck Commander' Phil Robertson for his interview with GQ magazine and not forgetting about his faith.  Of course, as you may know, A&E indefinitely suspended Phil for some of his comments reported in the article.  Of particular commentary fame is this quote from the article:


Intoleration Nation

I just read in the news today that the owner of Sweetcakes in Oregon is closing down its business after a same-sex couple was refused service.  The state has a provision on the law books that prevents denial of private business services based on sexual orientation.  The debate has its supporters and opponents, with one side screaming 'INTOLERANCE!', though I am not sure why the other side is not doing the same.


Bring Me Back

During my usual quick read-through the scriptures, I normally plow through the Word for familiarity, not deep study.  But this morning, I was not able to get past a verse of scripture dealing with life in the Lord, death, faith, and more.  The verse was 2 Samuel 14:14:


Are people reading the Bible and living by it? The Barna research group has been collecting statistics about the state of the Christian Wordview for almost 15 years now.  The summary points are astounding:


The Magic Bullet

Americans are always looking for a magic bullet.  Whether it is money, health, or spiritual growth.  We can spot these all around us if we look, and I know that there was a time when I was a victim of the mentality myself.  I was in college studying biology, chemistry, physics and the like.  


An Open Letter in Our Mind-Numbed Age

For today's article, I wanted to resurrect a letter that I wrote almost five years ago.  To set the stage, I had just graduated with my doctors degree and I was teaching at Bucknell University.  I was always in contact with several of my teachers from High School and I noticed that my old principal was still at the school, so I sent an email detailing my academic accomplishments.