This is Scary (Religious Freedom is in Trouble)

This is Scary (Religious Freedom is in Trouble)

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One of the most troubling things about religious liberty that I have seen lately is this story coming out of France.  David Lisnard [the mayor of Cannes, France] recently issued a decree about what people ought to wear on the beach. His target: the burkini, a head-to-foot swimming costume popular among a small, devout population of Muslim women. This costume, Mr Lisnard declared, “ostentatiously displays religious affiliation”, could “disrupt public order”, and might even, in the words of one official, demonstrate “an allegiance to terrorist movements”. (Juliet Samuel)  Apparently the full body bathing suits are banned on the beach. That is a problem for many reasons. Probably the main reason is that it is regulating practice of religion for something that isn't hurting anyone and that isn't disturbing society. So…
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The Politics of Hate, Fear, and Exclusion-ism

The Politics of Hate, Fear, and Exclusion-ism

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Ok, with a headline like that you know that I am not going to be wading in to the topic of politics softly. Like most people I have been watching the meteoric rise and fall of presidential candidates lately with something of a shocked expression. Candidates who seemed to be destined to be elected are no longer heard of and those thought of as a joke are now in the lead. This idea has been bubbling up in my head for a while now, but I had to finally spend a moment and write it down. If 40% of Republicans are for Donald Trump then our country has a very, very big problem. I think what makes me saddest about this whole election cycle is the people who say "Trump…
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Mistaken Identity

Mistaken Identity

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How is is that Christians have the message of the greatest love ever and what most people in this country think of when they think of Christians is of a close-minded bigot spouting hate? We have the greatest love ever and we would rather argue about sin than reach out in service. I don't know who is more at fault for our mistaken identity the world for misrepresenting who we are or Christians for being so unloving that they are able to get away with it.
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The Focus of the Church

The Focus of the Church

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Our focus on doctrinal orthodoxy becomes unhealthy the moment it begins to detract from the primary task of actually proclaiming the gospel. While theology is important, even fundamental to the Christian task, it is, nevertheless, a third-order activity. The tertiary activity of theological reflection follows upon the primary Christian activities of worship and witness. Theology functions as a servant to worship and witness, providing a necessary critique of those activities according to the standard of Scripture. And when theology leaves its service role behind to demand primary attention, it has risen above its station and grasped for a glory that it may not possess. --Dr. Malcolm Yarnell http://baptisttheologians.blogspot.com/2014/06/mea-culpa-heart-confession-of.html
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Board Games for Your Family

Board Games for Your Family

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I have been doing lots of board games lately, including using many games before our youth meetings, and as always I would like to promise to get some reviews up soon, but let's be honest that probably isn't happening so instead here is my 3rd grader and I talking about his top 10 favorite board games. All of these (except maybe Coup because I think it needs more players) can be played with you family. My 5-year-old normally plays on mom or dad's team on the more complicated games.  
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