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Not the typical Easter sermon

On Easter Sunday not all pastors were preaching about the resurrection of Jesus. Joe Witter, senior pastor of Life Center Foursquare Church, focused instead on God’s “radical inclusiveness” and urged the congregants to commit (or re-commit) their lives to Christ. The church has six identical Easter services, typically drawing about …

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Christians should stop being Debbie Downers

The Rock, Conway's (S.C.) Community Church sent out this postcard to the community; the backlash has been caustic. The pastor has written this apology. Personally, I think it was in poor taste and sends a tired message to the unchurched community that we are judgmental party poopers. I've never understood the …

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Fascinated by Fire

Many startling self-revelations can occur through the process of entering seminary. The battery of psychological exams, including the 600-question, entirely true-false formatted exam called the Minnesota Multi-phasic Personality Inventory, or MMPI, proved especially enlightening for me. The MMPI is designed to flag those candidates with severe pathologies. In short, it’s …

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What happens when Holy Week isn’t just history?

Living in a monastery means Holy Week is a special, profound time. Our lives are oriented around the liturgical calendar. But I think it would be easier if Holy Week was just about historical events. I mean seeing the events of 2,000 years ago in Jerusalem as a history lesson is …

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Photo essay: Journey to the Cross

Maybe it's his tender smile or dramatic acting skills. Or maybe it's the beard.  Something makes Pastor Byron Corbett a pretty darn good Jesus. On Thursday night Spokane Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church allowed media and youth groups to preview its Fifth Annual Journey to the Cross, an outdoor guided walk-through …

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