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Owens: What Really Matters?

Recently, we have seen some interesting political occurrences. From the sixth district race to congressional hearings about Russia, it has caused me to wonder what ...

June 25, 2017 | Rev. E. Chip Owens | Religion


Pace: Contemplating Father’s Day

I've been a father for almost five years, and it's been one of the hardest experiences of my life and yet also the ...

June 18, 2017 | Lyn Pace | Religion


Redman: To the Class Of 2017: The ‘to-do’s’

To the students who have stuck with it all the way through…Congraduations!

June 11, 2017 | Isaac Redman | Religion


Butts: To the Class of 2017…

I believe that all commencement services are done for the year and we have a group of people ready to talk the world or life ...

June 04, 2017 | Andy Butts | Religion


Owens: Ending to begin again

One of the funniest moments around my house is trying to get my four-year-old to understand that the "Lion Guard" TV show that he watches ...

May 28, 2017 | Rev. E. Chip Owens | Religion


Pace: Traveling Through Europe with Oxford College Students

The idea for this trip began with a suggestion from Oxford College's Communications Director, Cathy Wooten. Five years ago she looked at me and ...

May 21, 2017 | Lyn Pace | Religion


Redman: Heart of the home

Every day of the summer, the young boy would trample through the living room onto the crystal-clean carpet tracking in dirt, mud, or clay that ...

May 14, 2017 | Isaac Redman | Religion


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Archive By Section - Religion


Community in churches

I don't know if you have noticed, but the idea of relationship is changing in the world. Due to the onslaught of social media and smartphones people have become less engaged in the broader community with diversity in age, race, and social class and more engaged with groups that share common ages and interests. In today's culture, there aren't even many avenues to engage with a broad and diverse culture. But fortunately, God has called the church to be such a blending of all types of people.

October 18, 2012 | Jason Dees | Religion


Just a thought: Accountability

One thing is for sure, we are all getting older. While this may be a fact, it doesn't have to be a negative one. I am certain we can all look back and voice some regrets: not taking this opportunity or making the wrong decision here or there. I wish I had done this instead of that, etc. If you were to read the book of Ecclesiastes, you would find Solomon's regrets and advice to the young. He regretted that he forsook his walk with God and forfeited so much that his life (as good as it may ...

October 11, 2012 | Dr. William Burnham | Religion


What if you could change the world?

And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women. But the Jews were jealous, and taking some wicked men of the rabble, they formed a mob, set the city in an uproar, and attacked the house of Jason, seeking to bring them out to the crowd. And when they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city authorities, shouting, "These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also."

October 11, 2012 | Jan McCoy | Religion


Love speaks with urgency

You: cute brunette with green eyes shopping with your sister at the mall.

October 11, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Religion


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 | Religion


Scharf: Love speaks with a focused heart

"The church is all about money." You've heard that said, right? How sad when it's true, when good well-meaning Christians start worrying about the budget more than the Bible, when churches show that lack of focus. More accurately, it's when we focus on the wrong thing.

So Paul, in 1 Timothy 6, snaps us back with the very first word of verse 6: "But." You see, just before our text, Paul was warning young Pastor Timothy about false teachers who saw religion as a means for financial gain, those who acted as if the church was all ...

October 04, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Religion


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 | Religion


Burnham: Just a thought, crying out

Many are deeply impressed and moved by the prayer of Jabez. His story and prayer led to a bestselling book. And it's a great book. His prayer has inspired many to be bold and ask God for great things, and it should. His courageous faith lifts us up. Here is a man who starts his life with the name "Pain" and in Bible times a man's name is what he was known for. So he was a man of pain, in pain, and associating with him may ultimately cause pain. That's quite the obstacle to overcome. But ...

October 04, 2012 | Staff Report | Religion


McCoy: Someone’s watching

They rushed at [Stephen] and dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. His accusers took off their coats and laid them at the feet of a young man named Saul.

October 04, 2012 | Jan McCoy | Religion


Part of the celebration

Everybody loves a party, right? I write this article a few days after being on a college campus on game day, about an hour before kickoff. And as I walked, people were mingling and mixing, drinking and dancing, eating, smiling and just having a good time. One guy took it upon himself to run from party to party and start shouting team cheers - and people were happy to join in. It was a celebration.

September 27, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Religion


The scenic route

When Pharaoh finally let the people go, God did not lead them along the main road that runs through Philistine territory, even though that was the shortest route to the Promised Land. God said, "If the people are faced with a battle, they might change their minds and return to Egypt." So God led them in a roundabout way through the wilderness toward the Red Sea.

September 27, 2012 | Jan McCoy | Religion


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 | Religion


McCoy: Be Prepared

Understand this: If a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming, he would keep watch and not permit his house to be broken into. You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.

September 20, 2012 | Jan McCoy | Religion


Burnham: How much do you love God?

How much do you love God and why?

September 13, 2012 | By William Burnham | Religion


Scharf: Love speaks sacrificially

He was one of my childhood heroes. He had won just about any award baseball could give. I didn't see it myself and don't really want to believe it, so I won't use the guy's name, but I'm told that when this Hall of Famer moved out of his home in my friend's subdivision, he left it all behind. Boxes of trophies, including an MVP award, out by the curb. Why? His life had taken some turns, and suddenly, those things didn't matter to him anymore. He gave it all up because to ...

September 13, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Religion


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