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Male and Female: Whose Church Is It, Anyway?

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The discussion so far: 1) In the Beginning
2) A Suitable Helper 3) Partners in Sin 4) Women in the Old Testament, part 1
5) Women in the Old Testament, part 2 6) Creation 2.0 7) Rockstar Women of the Early Church 8) Was Paul Sexist? 9) 99 Problems, the church in Corinth 10) Eve vs. Artemis .......
Full disclosure - I am Church of Christ born and bred. I went through the entire program. I was born to faithful, active parents. We were at church every time the doors were open. I went to private Church of Christ schools from 1st grade through college (Jackson Christian School, Columbia Academy, and Harding University). I have worked as a full time youth minster and worship leader in two different Churches of Christ over the past 8 1/2 years.

I can totally relate to Paul in Philippians 3 when he is listing off his resume. Oh you want to talk religious cred? How bout them apples? Paul says he was a “Hebrew of Hebrews.” Well, I guess that would make me… CoC of CoC. Paul’s point in saying all that was…

Dammed Faith

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Faith is an interesting thing.

I find it fascinating that as we trace back human civilization - for as far back as we can see there has been some kind of faith, belief, or religious ritual. From cave paintings and burial rites to ancient temple complexes that were built while mammoths still roamed the earth, mankind has nearly always reached out for something greater.

A complete disbelief in God or the gods is a relatively new phenomenon. Religious belief has only come into question within the last few centuries - just a drop in the bucket compared to the full history of humanity. The burden today seems to be placed on those who believe to explain why rather than for those who don’t believe to explain why not.
For myself, I think of my faith in God as a river system. Belief in God is the large river cutting large swaths through the countryside. But that river had to form somewhere. Along the way, there are five smaller streams and tributaries — some larger than the others — that feed …

America: Love It Or...

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Maybe it's just me, but I've seen an uptick in heated rhetoric like this:
America: Love It or Leave It  If you don't like our country, then you can just leave. This bothers me, and it always has. I remember when people said they would leave if Obama was elected president. Others said it about Hilary and Trump. It's nothing new, really. But making the empty threat to leave the country if you don't get your way is one thing. What's happening now more than I've seen in the past is more of a threat against others. If you don't like it, then just leave. You better love this country...or else. Why don't you just go back to your own country.

Side note - it did make me chuckle when people said they would move to Canada or Europe if Obama was elected because he was too socialist... Um...should someone tell them?

Telling someone to leave the US if they don't like it bothers me on many levels, both as a US citizen and as a Christian. Let's see if I ca…

Learn Everything. Know Nothing.

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I love to learn.

My oldest son gets it from me. When he was a toddler, he asked my mother-in-law, his "Nana," to make a "little case q" out of play dough. Most kids would ask for animals or other shapes. Aiden asked for letters. He learned to read at age 3. He already knew all the sight words they would be learning before he ever set foot in his kindergarten classroom.

When I was younger my mom couldn't bring home enough non-fiction books for me to read. Among my favorite shows were Magic School Bus and Bill Nye the Science Guy. I was a star student on our Bible Bowl team at church. When we would visit other churches, I answered questions in Bible class that the regulars didn't know.

One time I was sent out into the hallway at school for correcting my English teacher too much.

Both of my parents have been educators their whole lives, so I guess you could say it's in my DNA.

My interest in the Bible, Christianity, and Religion in general is a HUGE part …