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“Let’s Do Community” — Justify that Scripturally

“Let’s Do Community” — Justify that Scripturally

I must confess there are some words I absolutely hate. One of them is ‘community’. It’s not that this word is inherently evil in any way, it’s just that it has become a word we Christians use to alleviate ourselves of the responsibility of submission, obedience and obeisance to God. I hate the word because ‘community’ has become the latest Christian buzzword that is touted as being the solution to church lethargy despite the fact that it means nothing.

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How Narrow Is Your Way?

How Narrow Is Your Way?

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matt. 7:13-14)

As a Christian believer, what does this Scripture reference mean to you? Most of us with a basic understanding know it to be a reference to the gospel message of salvation through the death and resurrection of Jesus. But I challenge you to read the entire seventh chapter of Matthew for a little context. Why? Because what Jesus said in verses 13 and 14 is about more than just the salvation of the soul. It’s also about bearing the fruit of Christianity after the initial salvation experience.

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Say Hello to the Christian Tourist

Say Hello to the Christian Tourist

 

I know New York City. I know it like the back of my hand; inside and out, up and down, all around too. After all, I lived most of my life in Rochester, NY. And I even visited the Big Apple in ’82 and again in 2000. I’ve driven right past the Twin Towers; I’ve taken a ferry across the river; I’ve seen Rockefeller Center at Christmas and even had dinner with Kevin Klein on Broadway. I know New York.

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What Time Is It Church? It’s Howdy Doody Time!

What Time Is It Church? It’s Howdy Doody Time!

 

Howdy_Doody_new_faceFrom 1947 through 1960 America’s kids would plunk themselves in front of the television set for the 5:30 PM viewing of the Howdy Doody show. For 30 minutes each weekday they would be entertained by the lovable puppet and a cast of characters including Buffalo Bob Smith, Bob Keeshan (later to become Capt. Kangaroo), and Gabby Hayes.

The most amazing thing about the Howdy Doody show is how the script writers and executive producers weaved an entire storyline of half-truths and outright deceptions whenever circumstances threatened to disrupt the program.

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