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Let There Be Light

Posted by Margaret Foley on

“Political language,” George Orwell once said, “is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” Many echo Orwell’s skepticism toward politics and its practitioners. When politicians slam their...

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Follow Me

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 It’s Sunday morning and the last thing you want to do is haul yourself out of the bed, wake up the family, and head off to church. Work this week was challenging. There were several family emergencies. Plus, you had a misunderstanding with the woman who always sits two chairs in...

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Sudan: Christ Is In Prison Again

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For nearly 300 days a Czech Christian, Petr Jasek, has been imprisoned in Sudan for serving and helping Sudanese believers. Now Mr. Jasek’s family has asked VOM Korea to raise prayer and letter support from Korea on behalf of Petr and the two Sudanese pastors with whom he is imprisoned and...

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Are You a Terrorist?

Posted by Margaret Foley on

Our children learn that there are two kinds of people in the world: good people and bad people. Bad people, they learn, must always be defeated. Knights must defeat the dragon, Harry Potter must defeat Voldemort, and Batman must defeat the Joker. Children also learn, however, that good people...

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I Will Make You Fishers of Men

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Today was a day just like any other. The men sighed. Their boat rocked over a series of small, blue, waves. Their weathered hands deftly tossed a fishing net into the water. The men had been fishing for so long that their old tunics had been starched with a layer of salt so thick that no water...

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[News] Church Elder Brutally Murdered in the Philippines

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Fifty-two-year-old Perfecto Padilla, a dedicated church elder from Sultan Kudarat, Philippines, was brutally murdered by two Muslim men on 11 September at 6pm local time. Brother Perfecto was resting outside his house in a hammock when two Muslim men came by on motorbikes and began to fire...

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Here's Why Those Who Seek To Live A Godly Life In Christ Jesus Are Persecuted

Posted by Rev. Eric Foley on

"Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution," Paul writes to Timothy as if it were the most self-evident thing in the world, requiring no explanation as to why. But in our present day, when Christians are likely to mirror the general population's interest in...

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What Is a Disciple?

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"What is a disciple?" Pastor Tim asks an eager crowd of UU and UT students. "What does the word discipleship mean?" One student, an elderly North Korean man, says: "when you disciple someone, it means that you are making this person like yourself." Pastor Tim latches onto this answer. It's...

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Here Are The Things We Can Only Learn About God Through Doing The Word

Posted by Rev. Eric Foley on

What makes a person wise? What helps you to grow and to experience blessings in your life? In most traditions, we are taught that what makes us wise is meditation, contemplation, study. Christians also often believe that what makes us wise is Bible study, worship, and prayer. We think that if...

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Reports of Christ's Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Posted by Margaret Foley on

Years ago, Mahatma Gandhi hit the nail on the head when he said, “I like your Christ, but I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are nothing like your Christ.” Many Christians who hear this like to point the finger back at Gandhi. “Who said we need your approval?&rdquo...

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