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The four S’s of fasting

In the evangelical world, fasting is the most misunderstood of all of the spiritual disciplines. People don't understanding this discipline and therefore don't practice it. It is however, one of the greatest tools that the church has to know and pursue Godliness. When we fast, the physical pain of hunger drives us to a deeper spiritual hunger or longing for God. You can fast about anything that is on your heart: a big decision, a sin issue, a health problem, a family situation, etc. You will be amazed at how focusing on these things in a fast will ...

October 11, 2012 | Jason Dees | Columnists


Dees: The Bible and same-sex marriage

Politicians, pundits and even pastors have all joined the debate on same-sex marriage. Since 2004, six states have recognized same sex marriages in their state, but the Defense of Marriage Act, signed by then-president Bill Clinton, prevents the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages and allows each U.S. state to refuse recognition of same-sex marriages performed in other states. In recent years however, public opinion of same-sex marriage has been growing and DOMA will likely be challenged or changed. President Obama has already instructed Attorney General Eric Holder to no longer defend this Defense of Marriage Act.

As Christians ...

October 04, 2012 | Jason Dees | Columnists


Spiritual songs get us through

The great black mark on American history is slavery. From the beginning of our nation's settlement until Jan. 1, 1963, Americans owned, sold and purchased other human beings. Beyond this, many slave owners were incredibly cruel to their slaves treating them with no regard of human dignity.

September 27, 2012 | Jason Dees | Columnists


Elvis’ Bible

Elvis Presley's bible sold at a U.K. auction last week for a prodigious $94,600. The Bible was given to Elvis on his first Christmas at Graceland in 1957. He used the Bible until his death on Aug. 16, 1977. The Bible was only expected to sell for around $40,000 but interests peaked in the old Bible because of the many notes and marks made by the famous singer. These notes tell a lot about Elvis' faith and interaction with God.

September 20, 2012 | Jason Dees | RELIGION


Dees: The voice of truth

For more than a century the most famous trademark in the music industry has been "His Master's Voice," which is an adapted picture of the dog Nipper listening to a wind-up gramophone.

September 13, 2012 | Jason Dees | Columnists


The voice of truth

For more than a century the most famous trademark in the music industry has been "His Master's Voice," which is an adapted picture of the dog Nipper listening to a wind-up gramophone.

September 13, 2012 | Jason Dees | Columnists


Dees: How greed can overcome you

Jesus once said to his disciples, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions" (Luke 12:15 NIV). This is an interesting warning to be aware of, or to watch out for greed. It is as if Jesus is saying that greed can overcome you without you even being aware.

The interesting thing about greed is that it is a sin that is very easy to be guilty of, without you even knowing it. If you are a thief, you may not feel bad ...

September 06, 2012 | Jason Dees | Columnists


Dees: A legacy of Christians

A couple of months ago, my wife Paige and I left my (at that time) five-month-old daughter with my parents as we went on a short trip with some friends of ours. While most couples may be a little nervous to leave their infant child with parents or in-laws, both Paige's mother and my mother are in the category called "Super Mom." Thus, Paige and I are both comfortable with and grateful for God's greatest gift to parents - the grandparents.

When we returned from our trip, I noticed that Emery Anna was so good and so quiet. She ...

August 30, 2012 | Jason Dees | Columnists


Dees: Running away from home

Becoming an atheist is a lot like running away from home. I have talked to many atheists who have left the church or belief in God and the idea of running away from home is what they communicate. Now they may not say this overtly, but in every atheist I know, there is a certain fear or lack of peace similar to the fear in every runaway child. When I was a child, I tried to "run away" from home on two separate occasions, both were short-lived and lasted no more than an afternoon. The first was more of a ...

August 23, 2012 | Jason Dees | Columnists


Dees: Meaning behind church names

It doesn't take too many clues to know a lot about a church. I can usually tell you when a church was founded, where it is located in the town, and its demographic just by hearing the church name. In Baptist life, if the church is a First church it is usually very old, dating back to the 19th or even 18th century depending on the region. First Churches are usually downtown and usually have an older, white-collar demographic. First Churches are also generally more liberal and intellectual in their theology. Then in the early 20th century there was ...

August 16, 2012 | Jason Dees | Columnists


Dees: Work your way down the ladder

The idea of working your way up is something that pervades all people and especially Americans. It is very natural for us to desire power, security, fame and ease of life. This is true especially among men. Even as little boys, guys start sizing each other up as soon as they hit the playground. They want to win. They want to be in control. They want to be successful. This is something that stays with men throughout life. I definitely see these desires very clearly in my own life, but the more I study the gospel, the more it becomes ...

August 09, 2012 | Jason Dees | Columnists


Dees: Return of the King

There is a day that is coming that swells great joy in the hearts of millions. A day when broken hearts will be mended, a day when loved ones will be reunited, and a day when hopes will be realized. This is a day that I have been longing for since I was a child, and a day that millions more have longed for with an eagerness that is stronger than that of a bride awaiting her groom. What is this day you may be thinking? I am talking about the day when the King of the universe, the one ...

August 02, 2012 | Jason Dees | Columnists


Dees: God ordained moments

I am not a very mystical man. As a Christian, I obviously believe in the supernatural, but mysticism isn't something I go looking for. Occasionally though, the Lord allows me to see something that is so far beyond the natural that it leaves my faith stronger and my sight in awe of God's mighty hand.

July 19, 2012 | Jason Dees | Columnists


Dees: Where the church is united and divided

Over the past five weeks, we have been having a conversation about the nature of theological unity and division. This is one of the most important conversations that a community of Christians can have. Naturally churches and Christians tend to have two extremes.

The one extreme is so convictional that it places every aspect of theological conviction on the same level, therefore Christians and churches that fall into this extreme never partner with anyone or any church that disagrees with them even on very particular theological issues.

July 05, 2012 | Jason Dees | Columnists


Where the church divides

Over the past few weeks we have been having an important conversation on when and how churches from different theological view points should and should not join together. I have labeled three levels of theological importance. The first level of importance are those things that people must agree on in order to be labeled a Christian at all. These included a correct understanding of God, a belief in the authority of the Bible, and a conviction that salvation is found in Christ alone. Now, you may be thinking, "if those are the level one areas of importance, and so many ...

June 28, 2012 | Jason Dees | News Columnists


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