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God the Mother at Kent State

Kent State campus is abuzz with rumors of a sex-trafficking group masquerading as a Bible Study. Viral Facebook and Twitter posts are promoting the story of people inviting women out to meetings where they are then kidnapped.

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What are we to make of President Trump?

 

If President Trump’s 2016 campaign was any indication, it was that we were in store for a wacky and wild first year in office. He did not disappoint. He started the year with a fiery inauguration speech and promised that “the forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.” Since then, Trump has been intensely outspoken especially on social media. He’s used it as a tool to communicate his uncensored version of the truth, often calling out specific individuals for ridicule and shame. His original promise of taking a step back from Twitter after he’s sworn in seems to have been laid aside.

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Parenting Class Announcement

What is the most reliable indicator for violent crime in a neighborhood? Is it segregated communities? Institutional racism? Lack of educational resources?

All statistics point to one thing as the major cause: single parent families. Where two parents can stick together over the long-haul in a healthy relationship, children and communities thrive. But the long-haul relationship is becoming increasingly rare. According to the Pew Research Center:

– 87% of children lived in a 2-parent home in 1960. It was 73% in 2000, today it’s at an all-time low of 69%
– While a majority of children grow up in a 2-parent home, only 45% of children are living with parents in their first marriage
– Children are being raised in increasingly evolving families – there is less stability as parents divorce, separate, re-marry, etc. 3 in 10 children under 6 experience a major family change

What’s to explain the breakdown of the family? There are many factors to this, but much is explained by the abandonment of God’s design for the marriage. Even obvious classifications such as gender are being called into question. What does it mean to stay faithful to God’s design for marriage and our roles as husbands/wives/parents?

This Wednesday I will be delving deeper into these topics at a special session of our parenting class. All people of marriageable age are invited (something like near graduating college and above). We will be meeting at Black Wolf Hall in Stow at 7:30pm and will go to about 9:30 or 10:00pm. I hope to see you there!

Youth Pastors in the Adirondacks

On October 13, 9 leaders and workers including myself set out for Pottersville, NY, located in the middle of the Adirondack mountains in upstate New York. Our destination: The Word of Life Bible Institute – a sprawling Bible college campus on the edge of a picturesque lake. We were there at the perfect time to see Fall colors at their peak. Everywhere you looked was like the most beautiful landscape painting.

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Is ‘New Atheism’ Dying?

Famous ‘New Atheist’ spokesman Richard Dawkins rocked the religious world in 2006 with the publication of his book: The God Delusion. The book inspired many closet atheists to come out with their newfound militant atheism and declare war on religion.

The movement seemed to most resonate with young people. With the onset of major social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit came an onslaught of anti-Christian sentiment in the form of memes. They weren’t really funny memes, either. They were nasty and mean-spirited. It was war.

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What Do We Need to Change About Outreach?

Ed Stetzer wrote an article today called “How Do We Get at Effective Outreach?” The article got me thinking about the ways we go about outreach and what may need to change.

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Bernie Sanders and the New American Religious State

According to Bernie Sanders, it would seem you cannot serve as a public official unless you have the correct religious beliefs. In his eyes, incorrect religious beliefs can now disqualify you from office.

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Why “13 Reasons Why” is a Terrible Show

I recently finished the Netflix original television series “13 Reasons Why”, and I couldn’t be happier. I’m happy because I don’t have to watch any more. I’m free.

13 Reasons took social media by storm with its controversial subject matter. The fictional series follows the aftermath of a high school girl’s suicide. Before she takes her own life, she creates 13 tapes addressed to the 13 people who contributed to making her life miserable. Each episode centers on one of the tapes and the person the tape is addressed to. Hannah, speaking from the dead as the voice on the tapes, serves as the series’ narrator. By the end of the season, the puzzle is complete. We know why she killed herself and who is responsible. We also get to see the perpetrators suffering as a result of what they have done.

Below are my reasons why “13 Reasons Why” left a bad taste in my mouth.

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Dealing with the Cult Accusation

Every once in a while, a Facebook post, tweet, or news article pops up with accusations against a particular church. These accusations are often punctuated with the dreaded 4-letter c-word: Cult. The word “Cult” has become an easy disparaging term to throw around. It’s a heavy word with lots of nasty implications, perfect for dragging a church’s name through the mud. In many instances, the cult accusation is well deserved. In others, it does nothing more than tarnish a church’s reputation needlessly.

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Why You Should Be a Student of History

History is a great teacher. It’s not just for students trying to get their high school diplomas – there’s much it offers us today.

A common assumption is that the study of history is just a study of irrelevant facts. Why live in the past when we are living in the present? It certainly doesn’t help you get a job in the same way studying Engineering does, so what’s the value? Below are 3 reasons you should commit yourself to the study of history.

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