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A Pneumatic Metaphor for War

Every revival cycle is fundamentally a “breath revival.” By that I mean, every historic revival is about a fresh move of the spirit of God. And that’s where it gets interesting...
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The Hopeful Silence of Our Divine Upgrade

At minimum, Covid-19 has forced a sort of time-lapse effect, condensing years and decades of hindsight into weeks and months of real-time updates, causing us to see the vast tapestry of international, political and economic processes normally invisible to analysis by virtue of their ponderous pace. While normal life will ...
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Hindsight 2020: Perilous Path. Ditches on Both Sides.

The fact that Christians rejoiced with a sense of semi-patriotic relief when the COVID-19 shutdown finally caused the president and other government officials to declare the church an “essential service” does not make us truly essential, it just makes us feel better.
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Hindsight 2020: We Thought Zig. God Zagged.

PART ONE OF What We Should Have Seen, Where We Go From Here (1 of 8) “Go out and stand on the mountain,” the Lord replied. “I want you to be there when I pass by.” All at once, a strong wind shook the mountain and shattered the rocks. But ...
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IN A TIME OF PANDEMIC, ONLY ONE CAN SAVE: THE MOST IMPORTANT LITTLE BOY IN THE WORLD

Call it "prophetic fiction" I suppose, but 20 years before the coronavirus, in 2000, I wrote a medical thriller about a far more deadly pandemic involving a virus called "Sleeper." Sleeper had been bioengineered by ecoterrorists to kill. It was highly contagious and extremely virulent...
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The Misguided Theology of Acquiescence

Oft has the phrase been heard, spoken in warning: “If you’re too heavenly minded, you’re no earthly good.” No doubt, this has some merit for those who drift into super-spiritual, religious pretensions, claiming mystical preoccupations unfounded in any real experience with God. However, by-and-large, the assertion is total bunk. Set your minds ...
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The Critical Need for True Knowledge of God

The Bible makes it clear that deep life comes from a deep knowledge of God. We are encouraged to prize such knowledge and diligently seek it out, but also to be aware of the real possibilities of accepting and defending false knowledge regarding the personality of God. From the serpent in ...
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Star-Struck Faith

Abraham, the father of our faith, believed in a God “who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist. In hope against hope he believed” (Rom. 4:17-18). Nothing but faith is capable of seeing the invisible, believing the impossible. As Abraham’s children, we are part of a crazy bloodline of ...
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Joy and the Dominos of Grace

In New Testament Greek, the root word for grace is ‘joy.’ Isn’t that interesting? By inference, when our lives are full of grace—if we truly understand grace—then joy increasingly characterizes our personality and outlook. A domino effect begins, tempering our words and attitudes. We are less easily offended, more understanding, more patient. ...
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The Inherent Danger of a Tolerant Society

The election is over. The race card, economy card, liberal agenda, obstructionist republican and “birther” cards have all been played. But there’s one gift that keeps on giving: the mythical virtue of tolerance. Please, let us be done with this. Proclaim the limited benefits of tolerance if you must, but not ...
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