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As Seen On Sunday: Be Anxious For Nothing

I’ve recently started a new job and nerves have been kicking my butt. Not worry, but the anxiety that sits deep within the stomach and is not linked to thoughts. If I wasn't starting a new job, I wouldn’t even have known why I had it. So what do people typically do in comparable situations? “God help!” And thats what I did. I asked God to help me do this.

As Seen on Sunday: Bone of my Bone

First, let me make it known that the irony of a man speaking on women is not lost on me. I have taken this topic very seriously and I hope that I do it justice. Since people can proof text any position on women from the Bible, I hope to speak the truth by appealing to the creation account and life after the fall

Help Who You Can; Help More Than You Can

Who do we help? Do we help everyone who expresses the need for help? What about those who need help but don't ask for it? What about people who don't need help and ask for it?

There seems to be a prevailing thought that we should help less people because there are a percentage that are “gaming” the system meant to help those in need. Of course no one will ever say that we should stop helping people all together, just make it so less people are able to get through in order to receive help.

As Seen On Sunday: A Tale of Two Men

"There were two men in a certain city, the one rich and the other poor. The rich man had very many flocks and herds, but the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb, which he had bought. And he brought it up, and it grew up with him and with his children. It used to eat of his morsel and drink from his cup and lie in his arms, and it was like a daughter to him. Now there came a traveler to the rich man, and he was unwilling to take one of his own flock or herd to prepare for the guest who had come to him, but he took the poor man's lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him." - 2 Samuel 12:1-4

How can we trust people who need to be fact checked?

It is so difficult to know who we can trust. I can give a person positional respect, but not completely trust them. Trust seems to take more time to earn and is easily broken. When it comes to politics and elected officials we are placed in a hard position. We SHOULD be able to trust them if we want them to represent us and hopefully we can respect them. We look to the platform that that candidate represents and then we have to decide if they actually represent what they say. How do we know which candidate we can trust? Hilary hammered hard that her website was fact checking everything that Donald was saying and every news outlet has their story on all the things that each candidate was wrong about. Are they simply negligent with their information or are they willingly lying to sway the masses?

A Life of Protest

From our talks about protests, I have gained a greater respect for hearing what message is trying to be conveyed. I look forward to evaluating any future feelings that I have about protests. 

What it comes down to is enjoying the freedom to protest something we don't like. 

'Merica is not the New Jerusalem

I’m a “white” male who lives in the United States of America AKA European-American [the later is what I identify as]. I don't know where I come from. We have a few hodgepodge of origins within Eurasia, which means that I am a mutt. With this in mind, here are some thoughts I have about immigration, culture, and racism.

As Seen On Sunday: Don't get a paper cut from your Bible

Today we end the bones of our belief series where most people start: the Bible.

And I didn't know where to start. We preach every week from the Bible as the basis of our faith. We believe that since the Bible claims that it is from God that it has authority. It’s a circular argument: the Bible is true because God says that it’s true within the Bible. The Bible is authoritative because it claims to be from God. I have faith that this is true and it doesn't hurt that the Bible has a pretty good track record in its translation and historically.

Churches have bought into the hype-machine. They believe that they have to hype everything up to get people to be involved. Every Bible study is the greatest, best teaching ever. Every new preaching series is the series that will change your life forever so you better not miss it. Yet, when we get there it's the sermon he preached 3 years ago with the same stories and a different name. We tell people that if they know God their lives will change forever but they don't think that we have ever changed.