Good Read: Noah Primeval

I was first introduced to Brian Godawa through a book he wrote a number of years ago called Hollywood Worldviews. In the book, Godawa writes on the subject matter of the Christian’s interaction with entertainment and the worldviews that exist behind the narratives of every story. Godawa is also known for having written a few screenplays for the big screen, including To End All Wars (2001) and The Visitation (2006). Though I thoroughly enjoyed what I had read from Godawa, only...
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Salvation: Past, Present and Future

The fact is that the great majority of professing Christians fail to see that “salvation” is one of the most comprehensive terms in all the Scriptures, including predestination, regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. -A.W. Pink I was saved in December of 2001. When I say that, I mean that I believed the gospel that was preached to me, and I experienced the peace that comes with God’s forgiveness through Christ. Theologically, that same sentence “I...
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The God Behind the Curtain

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. -Romans 1:18 Imagine a world in which God is clearly visible in the sky. His face simply shines, and everyone can look up and see him. There is no question in anyone’s mind about the existence of God because, duh, He’s right there. This will not do, we need our privacy. So...
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Screwtapes’ “Success Syndrome”

To my dear detestable nephew Wormwood,* I want to discuss with you another subtle tactic to employ against those vile creatures that call themselves “pastors” in service to you know who. As you well know, we cannot always get them to fall into our traps of delightful public shame, although I despsingly love it when we do. Most of the time we must covertly work toward making them ineffective by deceiving them into thinking that...
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Smile! You’re A Calvinist

What do your Calvinistic convictions do to you? Do they make you angry at people who don’t have tulips in their theological garden? Do they make you want to buy a bunch of books by old dead guys, half of which you won’t read, so you can impress your friends? Do they make you bloodthirsty for debates because your theological guns are locked and loaded with a bunch of Pauline-poof texts? Do they make you...
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To All Us Burnt-Out Serving The Church, I Think I Found The Issue

The issue. I have been serving in my local church for roughly seventeen years straight, most of the time in the same two ministries that I originally started with (youth and worship). There have been many mountains and valleys in those seventeen years. There have been times where I’ve been full of vision and passion and there have been times where I’ve been full of bitterness and complaining. During these seventeen years, the subject of serving and burnout...
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Thoughts from “The Outside”

As people, we don’t like being left out. If we had it our way, we would always be in the inner circle. In fact, it’s amazing the emotions and frustrations we battle when we’re left out of the inner circle, when we’re looking in from the outside. We begin thinking why our opinions aren’t good enough to be asked for. We become cynical and critical of this new “clique” that we now see as evil,...
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