Dec 18 2014

One Man Show: War on Earth, Ill Will Toward Men

  Sometimes the season of “peace on earth, goodwill toward all” isn’t. Certainly this is one of those times. Recent acts of violence by the Taliban, ISIS and Boko Haram have rocked the civilized world. As Christians, we often feel helpless in the face of such evil and think there is nothing we can do. We […]

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Dec 18 2014

Holli Long: O’ Christmas Tree

About a month ago, I brought a dear friend of mine and her beautiful family out to a local tree farm to test it out for a future holiday shoot location.  As you can see, they were such lovely models.  These […]

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Dec 18 2014

Methodist Doctrine, Spirit, Discipline: The International Military Pilgrimage

This is finals week at UNO.  Studying for three comprehensive exams has left little time for anything else.  Only one thing managed to cut through the fog of finals, an episode from the PBS series Sacred Journeys.  In the initial install…

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Dec 18 2014

Strange Christianity: What difference does being a Christian make in your life?

Our church recently had several small groups go through Unbinding the Gospel by Martha Grace Reese, a study on evangelism and the problems facing many mainline denominations. One of the fundamental questions of the book is what difference does being a Christian make in my life? At first this question might sound kind of strange. The most […]

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Dec 18 2014

Allan R. Bevere: Always Give Thanks

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Dec 18 2014

SOUND BITES: Something to chew on that is good for the soul™: GOD AND SINNERS RECONCILED

God has broken into this world in an astounding story of divinity and humanity that boggles the brain even as it transforms the heart…

In the words of the late Samuel Hines, “God has a one-term agenda, listed in one expressive and inclusive word: reconciliation.”  It is a bold statement. It suggests that God’s intention, purpose, and desire for the world can be captured in this one word.

Reconciliation implies that a relationship has suffered damage. It indicates division exists where there was once harmony. Such division marks all humanity. Through sin and disobedience, we have separated ourselves from God and from one another…

In Christ, through Christ, and with Christ that “dividing wall of hostility” [Ephesians 2:14] has been torn down. According to Charles Wesley, reconciliation is… the message of Christmas:

            Hark the herald angels sing,
            “Glory to the newborn King;

            peace on earth, and mercy mild,


            God and sinners reconciled!”

– Kevin Baker in Hail the Heaven Born


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