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YOU JUST NEVER KNOW There is a sweet Hasidic story of a rabbi in a small Russian town at the turn of the century who accomplished the “submission to not knowing,” who learned to live in emptiness. For years he had pondered the mysteries of the universe and the deepest religious questions. Finally he concluded …

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Atheists | Faith | Freedom | Freedoms | Religion | Tradition | Truth | World Religions

MONUMENT PARK The Freedom from Religion Foundation of Madison, Wisconsin wants equal access to the religious sentiments of those who visit Lincoln Park which is just west of the Capitol Building in Denver, Colorado. The foundation originally wanted the three feet by four feet Ten Commandments monument removed. Throughout eight years of legal wrangling, the …

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Change | Excuses | Gender | Men | Preaching | Self | Sermons | Speech | Talk | Time | Tradition | Wives | Women

WOMEN TEETH SPEAK LONGER The preacher spoke only for a few minutes and then sat down. After worship, the church leader asked about the short sermon. “My teeth hurt, and so I quit,” said the pastor. The next Sunday, the preacher spoke for only slightly longer than the previous Sunday but not nearly as long …

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INDENTIFYING DRIVERS Here is how to identify where a driver is from: 1. One hand on wheel, one hand on horn: Chicago. 2. One hand on wheel, one finger out window: New York. 3. One hand on wheel, one finger out window, cutting across all lanes of traffic: New Jersey. 4. One hand on wheel, …

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Blessing | Blessings | Church | Circumcision | Dedications | Ethnicity | Fellowship | Leadership | Priests | Rabbis | Tradition

A COMPLETED CAR A priest and a rabbi operated a church and a synagogue across the street from each other. Since their schedules intertwined, they decided to go in together to buy a car. After the purchase, they drove it home and parked it on the street between them. A few minutes later, the rabbi …

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Christ | Church | Culture | Evangelism | Morality | Purity | Society | Tradition | Truth | Worship

COLSON ON CULTURE During the greatest resurgence of evangelicalism in this century, belief in the Bible has declined and religious influence has been so thoroughly scrubbed from public life that any honest observer would have to regard this as a post- Christian culture. Gallup reports the most bewildering paradox: religion up, morality down. Why have …

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Apologetics | Bible | Bible Authority | Christ | Example | Faith | Jesus | Life | Protection | Remembering | Resurrection | Risk | Self | Tradition | Truth

COLSON ON THE RESURRECTION If one is to assail the historicity of the resurrection and therefore the deity of Christ, one must conclude that there was a conspiracy–a cover-up if you will– by eleven men with the complicity of up to five hundred others. To subscribe to this argument, one must also be ready to …

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Conformity | Deceit | Doctrine | Faith | Honesty | Teens | Tradition | Worldliness | Youth

SALAD BAR RELIGION “This generation of teens is more spiritual than their parents, but often less conventionally so. Many put together their own religious canon as they would a salad from a salad bar. Yet despite their faith, teens, as well as those who study them, say that “lying and cheating are standard behavior,” as …

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Christmas | Church | Ethnicity | Freedom | Holidays | Law | Laws | Religious Freedom | Tradition

CHRISTMAS OUTLAWS When the Puritans landed in America, they disapproved of setting aside any day except the Lord’s Day. By an act of parliament, Christmas was canceled in 1652 . . . even Parliament would sit on that day. Everything else from mince meat pie to church attendance was forbidden. John Evelyn and his wife …

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Appearance | Arrogance | Bias | Conceit | Faith | Heaven | Pride | Tradition | Truth | Understanding

THE CUSTOMS OF HEAVEN There’s an old story, I think Mark Twain told it first, about a rather pompous and self-important man who dies and goes to heaven. He marches up to the Pearly Gates and is met by St. Peter, who reaches out, shakes his hand and says, “Welcome.” Peter politely ushers the man …

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PITIFUL SELF PITY The attractiveness of pity and the ugliness of self-pity are unarguable. Yet we live in a society in which self-pity far exceeds pity. The excessively popular genre of literature, the celebrity autobiography, that smothers us in self-pitying subjectivism is the unpleasant evidence that we may be the most self-pitying populace in all …

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