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RESPONDING TO TRAGEDY: Stop Saying, “I’m praying”

RESPONDING TO TRAGEDY

The New York Daily News isn’t attacking God or religion… this is an attack on religious platitudes from politicians (ie. empty “spiritual” words NYDNinstead of some form of political action). 

While I wish the title of the article didn’t jump out as a bold proclamation against the activity of God vs. the evils of this world, it’s not the New York Daily News that we should be upset with. It’s us!

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A CHRISTIAN’S GUIDE TO SOCIAL MEDIA (Part 1)

A Christian's Guide to Social Media

Your social media presence matters a whole lot more than you are acting like it does!

It’s morning again—BLEH—and you roll out of bed to start the routine. For most this will include a cup of caffeine (coffee if you love Jesus), a disgruntled look at yourself in the mirror, breakfast food of some sort (I’d recommend pizza), a little morning devo time and the obligatory social media check-in.

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KEEP “CHRIST” IN THANKSGIVING?

Keep -Christ- in

The holiday season is upon us and leading the charge is a coma-inducing mosaic of turkey, tryptophan, parades, football and family. I think Thanksgiving has to be my favorite of the holidays during this season (that is, of course, unless you include international ninja day on December 5, but you probably didn’t know about that because it lives in the shadows).

Why is Thanksgiving my favorite? It feels the least militant in the religious circles that I run in. Think about it for a minute . . . go ahead . . . I’ll wait . . .

[**pregnant pause**]

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WHO STOLE MY CHURCH? — Meeting 3 (of 8)

Meeting3

For those of you reading this who aren’t familiar with Franklin Lakes Baptist Church (FLBC), an explanation of what this is and why we’re doing it can be found here.

Last night we continued our series of discussions on the church and the changing cultural and religious climate of our world. The following series of posts (Meetings 1-8) are meant to serve as a basic review, general impressions/observations and follow-up to each meeting.

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MOTIVES — WHY I CAN’T NOT STRIVE FOR REVOLUTIONARY CHURCH (and other double negatives)

MOTIVES

Why do we do the things we do?

The question of motive is significant and the answers are numerous. On a daily basis, any number of our driving motives can be linked to: responsibility, requirement, fear, joy, desire, anger, ignorance, conviction, guilt and so on.

One of the most important questions you will ever ask and answer will be, “What is my motivation for doing/saying ___________________?” If you can find that answer, it might just change everything.

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WHO STOLE MY CHURCH? — Meeting 2 (of 8)

Meeting2

For those of you reading this who aren’t familiar with Franklin Lakes Baptist Church (FLBC), an explanation of what this is and why we’re doing it can be found here.

Last night we continued our series of discussions on the church and the changing cultural and religious climate of our world. The following series of posts (Meetings 1-8) are meant to serve as a basic review, general impressions/observations and follow-up to each meeting.

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A PRIMER ON CHANGE FOR THE CHURCH

APrimer“What is the difference between a living thing and a dead thing? In the medical world, a clinical definition of death is a body that does not change. Change is life. Stagnation is death. If you don’t change, you die. It’s that simple. It’s that scary.”

― Leonard Sweet

Anything that is healthy, anything that is living, anything that is productive… changes. Why? It can’t help it.

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