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Freedom (an article for the local paper's church page)

Here you are, you’ve picked up the church page expecting to read something about Christmas. I’m not going to disappoint you, but maybe I’ll surprise you a little.

The Stupid People Are in Charge of the Dialogue--um, I mean--"Monologue"

According to some very prominent knuckleheads (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/main.jhtml?xml=/earth/2007/11/21/scicos...), mankind has moved beyond destroying the planet and is now destroying the universe. Now, if you’re like me, your response to such news is something along the lines of, “All right!” or “Today the universe, tomorrow the fictional realms!”

Lost In Space

I grew up with “Star Trek”. My sisters had crushes on various bridge crew members and I was playing Trek about as early as I can remember. When channel 39 out of Dallas was rerunning it every day at 6 p.m. for most of the late 70’s and early 80’s, I was eating my supper in the living room so as to see every episode.

Pragmatism May Not Be Pragmatic

I've been reading a good book called "Charasmatic Chaos" by John MacArthur. There’s a lot in there to think about but two main things come to mind as of this writing:

Things Will Be Great When You're ...Downtown

By comparison to most small towns, the town where I live (Dumas, TX), has a pretty vibrant downtown. Now, it may not be as vibrant as it was in the heyday many imagine from their past, but I’d say it’s doing pretty well in that there are only a couple vacant buildings. In most towns that still have a town square (as in place, not person) there are many vacant buildings. And most of the occupied buildings are antique stores.

How to WIN the Next Election (Though it Might Require TRYING)

With one election cycle barely behind us, the politicians and the media are looking anxiously ahead to the next election. The Republicans are anxious because they lost the last one (big time!) and it looks like they might lose even more. The Democrats are anxious because they have racked up the lowest approval ratings in the history of polls and since being elected they have accomplished absolutely none of their promises (which I think is a good thing—I’m inclined to vote for any politician who can manage to get the government to do less).

Throwing Churches to the Lions

OK, I’ve blogged (which sounds like a plumbing problem—and often is!) about the similarities between the comic industry and the modern American church and the struggles they face. Now, I want to examine some similarities of struggles faced by both churches and the Lions Club (and, presumably, the Rotarians, the Kiwanis, the Oddfellows, etc.).

A 2D Hero

This may come as a surprise to everyone who knows me, but I prefer Charlie Brown to Snoopy.

Why this would surprise a lot of people (beyond those who are surprised I care at all) is that if you walk into my office you’ll see a lot of Snoopy stuff. Snoopy figures and posters and kites and latch-hooks rugs and even a black velvet painting that probably wasn’t strictly authorized. By comparison, Snoopy probably outnumbers Charlie Brown in my office by 10 to 1.

The reason for this is simple: more Snoopy stuff is made.

Where Churches and Comic Books Merge

The respective problems of the church (in general) and the comic book (in general) wouldn’t seem to have much in common, but the reality is, we’re facing the same dilemmas.

Check out the following:

o On any given Sunday, the number of people in church is about 16% of the population. The number of people buying comic books is about 8% of the population. Both of these numbers remain pretty constant as the population fluctuates, which is why sales can go up for comic books and churches can grow without either really having any new effect on the general populace.

Eternal Security- Fact or Fiction?

Eternal Security

"Once saved, always saved," is the phrase I have sometimes heard thrown around. If I take exception to it, people are aghast (even agog).

"You mean," they ask breathlessly, "You believe someone can lose their salvation?!?!" (in a voice that clearly calls for multiple punctuation marks.)

"No," I tell them, because "lose" sounds like it’s something that happened due to carelessness. "Where’d I put my car keys? Don’t tell me I’ve lost them again!"

"Where’d I put my salvation? Don’t tell me I’ve lost it again!"

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