Wage War

theology

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“And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.”

Matthew 5:30, ESV

This immediately brings to mind the notion set forth firstly by Dietrich Bonhoeffer called “cheap grace.” This is the idea of living a Christian life without discipline, repentance, and confession. In terms of analogy, ponder someone welcomed into a rehabilitation clinic without any effort to recover. They talk up becoming a better person, but never bother to actually put an ounce of effort into this lasting betterment. Sadly, this is so often the case for the Church, and especially me as well. I look into heady theology and talk about God while my life is in shambles, and it is a true shame as we will come to discover.

Planned Parenthood and Abortion

culture

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“…reckless breeding,’ ‘spawning… human beings who never should have been born.” – Margaret Sanger (founder of Planned Parenthood)

Even hearing the name Planned Parenthood immediately brings a flood of thoughts to nearly all individuals’ minds. To some, Planned Parenthood is merely somewhere that offers free birth control and access to a woman’s right to abortion. For others, this title may be far more than that. Some may see what Planned Parenthood is doing as not merely questionable, but downright evil. Here, I will simply present the ugly history of this institution, its founder, and finally demonstrate how the original, twisted mission is still thriving today.

“It’s not a Religion, it’s a Relationship”

theology

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“The aim of an argument or discussion should not be victory, but progress.”

– Joseph Joubert

No, I am not contending that this statement is heresy. No, I am not trying to argue that people who say this do not know Christ, or that they are intentionally leading people astray. Rather, I am simply intending to provoke more thought to such a bold statement. When something new and daring is said such as this, it is sometimes healthy to take a step back and critically think about something so profound.

The Value of Scripture

theology

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“No prophecy of scripture ever comes about by the prophet’s own imagination, for no prophecy was ever borne of human impulse; rather, men carried along by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.” 2 Peter 2: 20-21, ESV

This post is not an attempt to ration the historical validity of Scripture. To reason such an argument would demand more than an exposition. Though I do indeed steadfastly believe in the reliability of Scripture for reasons outside of the Bible itself, this post is not dedicated to that argument. This post is intended to call those who proclaim Christ back to viewing the Bible as the final authority on all matters pertaining to life and godliness just as 2 Peter states.

Non-Profits: How Beneficical are They Really?

culture

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John Hopkins University states that if NGOs were a country, they would “have the fifth largest economy in the world.” This being said, it is clear that nonprofits and NGOs have a clear, real influence and effect in Haiti. From the immediate response to crisis, it extends prolonged existence within hundreds of countries, these organizations have countless effects, for better or for ill. Immediate effects of NGOs are overwhelmingly positive, but the long-term effects lead to dependence upon said organizations as well as the perpetuation of poverty in the country of Haiti.