Author: Ian

Christians Should Boycott Outrage

You’ve seen it a hundred times if you’ve seen it once. A company makes a public statement identifying with a liberal cause or promoting an unbiblical lifestyle. Christians react loudly on social media and #BoycottCompany posts and petitions start flying. Why do we respond that way? What do we hope to accomplish? The Arm of the Flesh I’m afraid the answer, pure and simple, is that many Christians tend to view themselves as just another special interest group vying for cultural power in our fragmented society. We want Disney to accommodate us, rather than accommodating other special interest groups. When...

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A Prayer For Racial Restoration

The events of the last few days have been heartbreaking. I’m grieving for the senseless loss of the lives of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and five Dallas police officers. I’ve watched the videos, and I’m horrified by the events that have transpired. Still those on both sides must exercise restraint. We don’t have all of the details yet. We must insist on justice, but we must do so through peaceful and lawful means. Reacting with anger and hatred will only add fuel to the fire. We are already experiencing a vicious cycle of racial tension exacerbated by an epidemic...

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The Ark Encounter: A Timber Frame Testimonial

Recently, while helping with my church’s Ocean Commotion VBS, I tried to imagine what it would be like to be Noah, building the ark for 120 years.  Genesis 6 records: The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually . . .  But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. God’s grace to Noah was in giving him knowledge of the coming disaster so that he could prepare for it. But preparing for a disaster while everyone else is having...

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Think About Assisted Suicide Before You Watch Me Before You

Hollywood has a long history of conditioning people to ideas. In the 1950s, divorce was frowned upon in society at large, but it was commonly depicted on screen and practiced by movie stars until the stigma of divorce was removed. Then it was sex outside of marriage, then homosexuality, then sexual bondage and abuse. Now assisted suicide is the avante garde idea to promote. Me Before You has a sinister agenda wrapped in a lively love story. It aims to draw the viewer in emotionally while desensitizing them to the importance of the moral and ethical boundaries protecting human life. The greatest danger of this...

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Three Gospel-Centered Ways to Fight Fear

In his 1933 inaugural address, Franklin D. Roosevelt famously said “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Those words apply as well today as they did at the height of the Great Depression. It seems that from every side we are being bombarded with a message of fear by people who wish to manipulate our fears to advance their agenda. Fear Is All Around Us Take, for instance, the recent tragic terrorist shooting in Orlando. In the hours, not days, after the attack, various groups tried to capitalize on the fear that it struck in the hearts of...

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