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by Jon Wiziarde

What do you call … Twenty-seven hundred square feet of aged pine? A crumbling foundation that buckles inward like an octogenarian’s knees? Damp plaster expanses with varicose cracks revealing age? Asphalt shingles curled by the relentless heat of the Kansas sun? What do you get when you take an inert structure, fill it with a […]

Forgotten Voices

by Leo Barnes

Sometimes the topic of a blog seems like something out of left field.  You find yourself reading what has been written simply because you haven’t gotten over the shock that the blogger is actually addressing an unexpected topic.  You find yourself thinking, “Why has no one blogged about this before?” This isn’t one of those […]

Are You Making a Difference by Sherry Surratt

by Ken Langley

Most of the thoughts in this blog are originals from your pastors – “out of our minds.”  This week I offer you a guest blogger, Sherry Surratt, CEO and President, MOPS International.  For a couple of reasons.  MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) is a CCC ministry I’m proud of, so this piece doubles worthwhile food for […]

“Passivity to Aggression?”

by Eliel Rojas

Sometimes we get the impression from Mathew 5:39 that we are to be passive to aggression. In this passage Jesus said: “But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also” (Mathew 5:39). But his passage is teaching that we […]

Joy In The Theater of Spiritual Growth

by Leo Barnes

I was 21 when I first heard the words “Zion Passion Play.”  They emitted from the mouth of a girl I was just getting to know.  As we strolled through the streets of Chicago, she went on and on and on about this play as though it were the single greatest theatrical production in the […]

“Evangelicals” in Favor of Same Sex Marriage

by Ken Langley

Some of us could have predicted that same-sex marriage would eventually become a hot issue, but I, for one, never dreamed that it would become the cause célèbre seemingly overnight.  The President, the Clintons, Rob Portman, and even a few self-confessed evangelical Christians like former megachurch pastor Rob Bell have come out in support for […]

Faulty Thinking and God’s Grace

by Eliel Rojas

When I was in Bible school, one of the things that we learned in theology class was that the reason we can’t interpret the Bible correctly is our fallen nature. The fall has affected our intellect and our reasoning. While I understand that we are fallen, and I agree that somehow we don’t think well, […]

The Caffeinated World of Radical Obedience

by Jon Wiziarde

Here I sit with two of my favorite things; bright warm sunlight and dark hot coffee. It still seems odd to call coffee “a favorite thing.” For forty-six of my almost forty-seven years I liked only one thing about coffee … the smell. Earthlings breathe 78.09% Nitrogen, 20.95% Oxygen and a .93% cocktail of argon […]

Should Christians Own Firearms for Self Defense?

by mbohringer

The recent shootings in Newtown, CT and Aurora, CO, as well as other highly publicized murders using guns have brought the issue of firearm ownership front and center in the public square.  There are many people and politicians that feel there is no place in civil society for firearms, though some will acknowledge the value […]

Women in Combat

by mbohringer

In what some are calling a triumph of political correctness over common sense, the Pentagon has lifted its ban on women in combat and direct combat units. There are numerous arguments against this move: the differences between men and women in physical stamina; the risks of injury, emotional stress, sexual assault, pregnancy, and adultery; family […]