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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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Church, 230 actors recreate journey to the cross

This weekend more than 230 actors will re-create Jesus' final hours with a 30-minute, outdoor walk-through event at Spokane Valley Adventist Church. The annual exhibit opens to the public on Friday and will continue through Easter Sunday. Pastor Byron Corbett said he expects more than 4,000 people to attend, which …

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What are we crying out for?

On Palm Sunday we witnessed the waving of palms in memory of Jesus's entry into Jerusalem and in anticipation of the coming fullness of that Kingdom (Rev.7:9). The crowd shouted Hosanna, a phrase that pleads and prays for God to “Save Now”. It's a dangerous cry. A politically subversive one …

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