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A Personal Story About Why Words Matter

Words matter. Words have meanings. In fact, I have often reminded people that before you can change a society, you must first change the language. This means two things. First,  we must fight for time-tested Biblical language in our daily speaking and writing. Second, we  must recognize the force of words

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A Word is Worth a Thousand Pictures

Words, not just pictures, are the currency of a productive life. If children and communities are to develop, they require a rich vocabulary—a treasure of words. This reflection is all the more important at a time when images are replacing words (and feelings replacing truth). Humans thrive according to the

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The Mind is the Battlefield of Truth vs. Lies

“One of the most important things my yoga teacher taught me this year is to stop thinking.” So wrote blogger Susannah Breslin recently. Sadly, the sentiment is not hers only. In fact, too many Christians fail to recognize the importance of thinking. We live in a time when people are more concerned about

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Obama’s Blinding Style, Part 3

We have said that there are two moral and metaphysical visions for the United States. We are no longer “one nation under God,” but two nations. One nation is  grounded in Judeo-Christian theism and the other founded in an Atheistic-Materialistic vision. These two nations occupy one geographic land. Some people

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Reconciliation vs. Restoration

To be a useful disciple, one of the concepts with which we need to be familiar is the biblical difference between “reconciliation” and “restoration.”  In the biblically cosmic sense, reconciliation is bringing the broken creation – including our souls – back into a right relationship with God, and in a

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Challenging Movie Clip: Volition

I have not seen a film in a long time that has effected me so strongly.  In 15 minutes, this film (titled Volition) explores the choices of action and inaction at three major points in history. Our world truly makes it easy to conform and difficult to stand in opposition

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Music that Writes Culture, Part 2

Like so many young people today, Isaac Watts (1674-1748.) was frustrated with the quality of the hymns at his church.  After one Sunday service, he complained to his father, who challenged Isaac that if he did not like the hymns, he should produce something better.  The next Sunday, at age 18,

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Music that Writes Culture, Part 1

On December 10th, I wrote a blog entitled Joy to the World as the beginning of my reflections on the Advent season. Since then I have done more reflection on this wonderful hymn and I wanted to share some of my insights with you. While this hymn is sung at

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Becoming People of Influence in Order to Shape Our Language, Part 2 of 2

James Davidson Hunter, the William R. Kenan Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, has written a profound book that helps us understand the impact of language on moral development.  In his book, The Death of Character: Moral Education in an Age without Good or Evil,

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Becoming People of Influence in Order to Shape Our Language, Part 1 of 2

In reading Scott’s blog on the definition of marriage, I was struck anew that its redefinition has already happened.  As the thinking in the West has shifted from the Biblical worldview that helped to shape Europe (and was foundational to the birth of the USA) to an Atheistic materialistic worldview,

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