For the Faithful: Christian Universities in the U.S.
Aug28

For the Faithful: Christian Universities in the U.S.

The United States has a long history with Christian universities. In the following infographic, ChristianUniversitiesOnline.org takes a closer look at the history behind and the current state of private, Christian colleges in the U.S. [Click here for full size...

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Clarifying the Clutter
Apr16

Clarifying the Clutter

There has not been, to my best recollection, a more polarizing topic in our society than the current issue of same-sex marriage. Now, before we get further along here, I’d like to point out something about this issue. That is…it is not “gay” marriage.

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Religion in America
Jun11

Religion in America

In our land of religious freedom, which religion do most Americans choose? Which denominations are most popular? Which regions gravitate to one religion? The following infographic, published by Online-Theology-Degree.com, provides the details of religion in America.

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Judging Inconsistencies

Recently, I’ve been listening to the Unbelievable? podcast, available on iTunes. In my usual, borderline OCD manner I had to start listening beginning with the oldest podcast available, so I started listening to episodes from the end of 2007. On one such episode, they had a guest on the show who was a Reiki healer named Beverly. While there were a number of things that she said that I took issue with theologically, one of the things I wanted to cover today was with regards to a discussion she had with a Christian on the program regarding God’s judgment.

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The Convenience of Money

I don’t know if you’re old enough to remember this, and perhaps I’m showing my age a bit, but do you remember what life was like before debit cards? I still remember what it was like when we didn’t have the Internet (or at least the World Wide Web), or cell phones, or ATMs. The more I think about that, the more I can’t help but wonder if all the conveniences and advances in technology actually make life better, simpler or happier. That the last one is not true is probably a slam-dunk argument. What about better or simpler? As far as “better” that would be difficult to determine since that is a subjective thing. So, for today, let’s look at whether or not life is simpler. Is it? I suggest that life is not simpler. Allow me to explain just one area…money. When I was in my late-teens, ATMs were just starting to become available. But, at the time, if you wanted to get money from an ATM, you had to find one from your own bank. You couldn’t just go to any ATM. Plus, your card would only allow you to do transactions with the ATM. It wasn’t a “debit” card as we know it today. No Visa logo. No check-card purchases. All you could do was go to the ATM and make a withdrawal or deposit (or check your balance). Now, that was just 20 years ago. Go back another 5 – 10 years. No ATMs at all. You basically had a couple options when it came to big purchases. You could write a check or you could wait until a branch office was open and make a withdrawal from a living, breathing human being (they’re called “Tellers” by the way…which is where we get the Automatic Teller Machine from). In many cases, people would pay cash for things. Some would do checks. If you were the “cash” person and you saw a new television that you wanted that costed a couple hundred dollars, what did you do? You couldn’t whip out your debit card…sorry…they didn’t exist yet. So, you’d leave the store planning on going to the bank the next day during your lunch break so you could go back after work and spend $500 on that new TV. Except, something often happened between the time you walked out of the store and your lunch break the next day. You started thinking about it and realized that you don’t really need that TV. In fact, that did seem like an awful lot of money to spend on something like that right now. You’ve got some repair...

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