The Politics of Jesus

I found an interesting definition of a politician online: A politician is one who shakes your hand before elections and your confidence thereafter.  We are heading into an election year with coverage online, on TV, and in all the print media.  I have often thought that being a politician would have to be one of the mos
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The Cheesecake Factory

Raised in the Cheesecake Factory “If you are raised on nothing but broccoli, an apple tastes like dessert.  If you are raised in the Cheesecake Factory, an apple tastes like punishment.  We are doing church for a society raised in the Cheesecake Factory.” John Ortberg, Leadership Magazine, Spring 2011   One Sunday
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What About Worship Music?

Man, if there is one thing that sets off controversy among Christians, it’s music!  Some people will insist that traditional church music is the only way to go, and equally impassioned believers will say that contemporary music is a necessity! The movie Footloose (1984 and a remake in 2011) use this tension in the plot
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You Can’t Dive in the Shallow End

We are shallow Christians, rarely venturing into the deep end of the pool, happy to accept mild instead of solid food.  Why is this? We live in culture growing increasingly shallow.  Don’t believe me?  Check out the statistics from a 2007 study from the National Endowment for the Arts regarding reading.  Here is a samp
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Worshiping with Grace

Christian pastor and author Max Lucado wrote about a powerful incident of grace in the book The Applause of Heaven.  He tells the story of Daniel, one of two brothers in Brazil, who dreamed of opening his own gym.  His brother co-signed on the loan so that Daniel could be approved.  But when Daniel came to the bank lat
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