A New Year

Of the 45% of people who normally make a New Year’s resolution, only about 8% report that they are successful. Unfortunately, I am not one of those in the 8 percent. I like most, find myself falling way short. Every…

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Evil World?

Day in and day out, we seem to be bombarded with news of a negative nature. Tonight at 10pm quadruple homicide. Coming up next, suspected drunk driver strikes pedestrian. Tomorrow, we investigate bullying on the playground…. It goes on and…

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Tired

I am tired of all the facades. We act has if all is well while hiding our own hate, pain, anger, and shame. We all know that it exists, but none of us confront it. It are these things that…

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St. Paul and St. Gregory Trinitarian Belief

The doctrine of the Trinity is very unique compared to other religions (Erickson 1998, 347). Many “outsiders” would argue that Christianity is polytheistic because Christians worship the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  It is interesting to note however that…

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Who Was Jesus of Nazareth?

Ever since Jesus has graced us with his presence, there has been zeal to not only learn who Jesus was through scripture but also through history. Early in church history, the quest was to establish the work and person of Jesus…

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Book Review: 9 Things you Simply must Do To Succeed in Love and Life

Dr. Henry Cloud answers a question many people ask, how do I become successful?  Unlike other authors who argue that it takes a specific type of person to become successful, Cloud presents the premise that, “There are laws that govern…

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In The Image of God

Hawkins writes, “Humans are great, but what makes them great is that God has created them” but how does that distinguish us from everything else that God created (1998, 516)? The second creation account reads “Then the LORD God formed man from…

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Literary Analysis of Judges 13

Judges 13, the chapter that announces the birth of Samson at first glance seems to offer little more than an introduction to the character of Samson.  In verse 3, an angel of the Lord makes a promise to a Manoah…

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why don't we listen better review

Book Review: Why Don’t We Listen Better

James C. Petersen asks and answers a simple question that all struggle with, “Why don’t we listen better” and he provides a solution based on what he calls the “the flat-brain theory of emotions” (2007).  The theory is based on…

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Mary Magdalene: Wrap Up

Mary Magdalene may have been a minor character, but she played a major role in the ministry of Jesus Christ.  Throughout this three part character study, I  have examined who Mary was not, in an attempt to separate the biblical…

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Mary Magdalene: A Model for Discipleship

Dominican liturgy gives Mary Magdalene the distinct title “Apostle of the Apostles”.  This title was given to her because she was the first person to see and testify that Jesus rose from the grave.  In todays fast pace world, we…

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Missing Soul Care

Christian soul care should be part of every church, and it would appear that many churches offer such care in one way or another. David G. Benner writes, “ Caring for souls is caring for people in ways that not only…

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