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You Can't Go Home

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Do you remember this Bon Jovi song?
Who says you can't go home? There's only one place they call me one of their own Just a hometown boy born a rolling stone Who says you can't go home? Who says you can't go back? I been all around the world and as a matter of fact There's only one place left I wanna go Who says you can't go home? It's alright, it's alright, it's alright, it's alright, it's alright
I don't know that I agree with Jon. I think there comes a point when "home" doesn't feel like home anymore. I moved to Columbia, TN, in 1998, when I was entering 5th grade. I went away to college at Harding University in 2007. It was my home for about 9 years. It hasn't been my home for just as long now.
It's weird going "home." My parents still live there. A lot of my classmates are still there. My best friends from high school are still around there. But it's not home.
I've always been able to relate to the sto…

Regional Rabbi Allegedly Controls Storms, Demons; Thousands of Pigs Killed

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Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to be a journalist for the local Galilee Times newspaper in the days of Jesus...
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Regional Rabbi Allegedly Controls Storms, Demons; Thousands of Pigs Killed

Earlier today, reports poured in from around the Sea of Galilee. This lake, a hub of fishing and other industry in this rural area, has lately been at the epicenter of some amazing claims. The latest witness reports indicate that a stronger than usual storm sprang up overnight, stirring the entire lake into chaos. Several fishing vessels were caught in the middle of the intense gale and were nearly capsized. According to several witness accounts, a Rabbi named Jesus of Nazareth allegedly stopped the storm as quickly as it had arisen.

Peter, one of Jesus' disciples and appointed spokesman for the group, told reporters, "The storm came on us more suddenly than I've ever seen. One minute it was clear sailing. The next, everything was pitch black, and ou…

Is He Ignorant or Just Plain Evil?

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Are you familiar with Godwin's Law? Back in the early 90s, American lawyer and author Mike Godwin developed a law of civil discourse. Basically, Godwin observed that the longer an argument raged on, the more likely it would be that at least one party would compare the opposing party to the Nazis and/or Hitler.

How much more true are his findings thirty years later!

There's something interesting that happens when we disagree with someone. When we think someone is wrong and we are right, then they must be 1) ignorant, because anyone who truly knew the all the facts would come to the same conclusion as us, or 2) blatantly evil, because if they know the facts and still disagree with us they must have some inherently corrupt worldview or agenda.

We have come to believe that no reasonable person would be X. We are reasonable people, so we believe X. That person doesn't believe X; therefore, they must not be a reasonable person - either ignorant of the facts or unreasonably evil…

Who Are These Guys?

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If you want to win the gold medal for basketball in the Olympics, you can't get much better than the 1992 USA "Dream Team."
This group of men would go down in history as "the greatest sports team ever assembled." After a disastrous 1988 run at the Olympics - losing to the USSR and settling for bronze - the USA recruited professional players for the first time ever. This hall-of-fame lineup included Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, John Stockton, Charles Barkley, Scotty Pippen, Patrick Ewing, and Carl Malone. They were a force to be reckoned with, to put it lightly.

Needles to say, the Dream Team put the US back on top by winning the gold medal in 1992. And it wasn't even close - the closest game happened to be the gold medal game against Croatia and was won by 32 points (117 to 85).

The sheer dominance of this team, their performance and teamwork, cannot be understated. They took the world by storm and are now a thing of legend. They were the best…

He Did What, Now?

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Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules: “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”? These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings. (Colossians 2:20-22) ******** One thing that amazes me about Jesus is how he straight up doesn't care about cultural, societal, and even religious norms. Jesus doesn't operate under the "We've never done it that way" banner. Jesus doesn't care about how we've always done it. He came to show us a new way, a better way.
Norms are based on fear - go along to get along, just keep your head down and go with the crowd. I heard this in a presentation recently by some folks from a group called Axis: "The problem today isn't unanswered questions. The problem is unquestioned answers." We get ourselves into trouble as a societ…

Who Is This Guy?

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We just finished the Christmas season. One of my favorite Christmas hymns is "What Child Is This?" From his conception and birth there was something different about the one they called Jesus. But who is he? What makes him so special?

-WHO IS JESUS?-

I believe that is the most important question you will ever have to answer. And believe me - everyone has an answer for that question. Every single person in the world has their own answer, even if it's "I don't know."

So who is Jesus to you?

You might give the good Sunday school answers: Savior, Messiah, Christ, Lord, King, Son of God, Holy, Perfect, God with Us, Prince of Peace, Friend, Brother, The Word.

He is indeed all this and more. However, do we really understand what those titles and roles actually mean? Probably not. It's like when you first began to be curious about your dad's job. When you were young, you probably asked your dad what he did. And he probably told you, but you as a four-year-ol…