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Some desires are bad!

The strength of a desire isn’t the measure of its correctness. Every desire isn’t desirable. Desires that defy your conscience should be resolutely refuted, resisted, and repulsed. Letting desire, rather than wise deliberation, lead in decision making seldom results in … Continue reading

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People’s character is as important as their beliefs. Integrity matters. It’s dangerous to support bad character.

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Cool With The Culture? — Do It If You’re Like Felix / Don’t If You’re Like Paul!

Would Paul of Tarsus be quiet and encourage people to believe that they are good? Here’s what he did in the Bible. Paul wrote 1/3 of the New Testament — so what’d he talk about? Just the opposite of our … Continue reading

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Thinking Through A Tutu Thought About Conscience

Here’s a quotation from Desmond Tutu:  “For every act of evil there are a dozen acts of goodness in our world. It is only because we believe that people should be good that we despair when they are not.” Do … Continue reading

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Modern Myth #6 — Adult Language

Is foul language really “adult language”? Does profanity demonstrate responsiblity, wisdom, intelligence, and other mature qualities? Of course not. It is just the opposite. When do most people learn to sprinkle their conversation with words that refer to feces, crude sexual … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong With Believing These Things?

What is wrong with believing that the Universe has a Creator–an intelligent designer–that it didn’t just happen as a result of time, chance, and “natural processes”? Why is the idea of a personal Creator considered “unscientific,” “religious,” “out dated,” or … Continue reading

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Warning: Use Self-Directed Censorship

John Locke was an English philosopher and political theorist. His ideas about freedom greatly influenced America’s founding fathers and are reflected in the Declaration of Independence. Yet, Locke believed in a kind of censorship, a self-directed control of what we … Continue reading

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US Senator Charles Sumner — My 5th Greatest American

My fifth greatest American appears briefly in the new Steven Spielberg movie, Lincoln.  At the time of the movie, Charles Sumner had already led the passage of the 13th Amendment in the US Senate, so he has only a passing … Continue reading

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Frederick Douglas — “An American Slave”

Frederick Douglas was claimed to be personal property from his birth around 1818 in the state of Maryland.  He was physically, mentally, and emotionally abused — kept in degraded conditions and treated like an animal.  He was separated from his … Continue reading

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Gee. Does Geography Make Things True?

What determines most people’s religion?  Why are most people in Saudi Arabia Muslims?  Why are most people in India Hindus?  Why do the majority of Americans claim to be Christian?  Why do people in Communist countries say they are atheists? … Continue reading

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