Tag Archives: Western world

Explaining Sin In A Post-Christian Culture

Post-Christian can be defined as:  the culture that emerges as the Christian faith loses influence in a society that has been somewhat shaped by Christian values.  The Western world is fast becoming post-Christian and popular culture has little understanding of … Continue reading

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Churches Are Shrinking–Is Christianity Fading Away Or Will It Come Roaring Back In A Creative Way?

In the Western world churches are shrinking.  A new survey by the Pew Research Center shows that Millennials (American’s in their twenties) are increasingly turning away from religion.  More and more writers and experts are saying that America is now … Continue reading

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Is There A Better Way To Study?

In the Western world we study to effect our intellect more than our heart.  Our minds swell while our hearts are shrink-wrapped in an endless roll of facts and figures.  Is there a better way to study?  Yes. Paul of … Continue reading

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Christmas Is Full Of Mystery — So Is Life

Christmas is full of mystery.  Mystery is difficult for some people to accept. It is human nature to want to know how things happen. We want to understand — to figure things out. This innate human trait has been good … Continue reading

Posted in big bang, biology, challenges, Christianity, Christmas, Christmas carols, Christmas Eve, consciousness, creation, Creator, education, evolution, holidays, impossible odds, materialism, mind, miracles, mystery, mysticism, non-material reality, Oh my God, origin of life, proof of God, Reason For The Season, religion, self-image, soul, spiritual, spiritual disciplines, spiritual formation, spiritual growth, spiritual skills, stuff, thinking, thoughts, Uncategorized, virgin birth, Why be a Christian? | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Myth Lab — Modern Myth #5 — Race

The concept of race was developed in the Western world during the 17th Century as an attempt to justify the terrible crimes that were being committed against Africans. The nominally Christian West needed a way to ease their conscience for … Continue reading

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Source Of Tormenting Thoughts?

Everybody has probably experienced unwanted or tormenting thoughts. So how do thoughts that a person doesn’t want get into her mind? What is their source? One possible cause of tormenting thoughts could be a person’s own will, choice, or desire. … Continue reading

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I Was Misled by Sunday School

When I was a child my family seldom went to church. Once, however, when I was in the third or fourth grade, we visited a Presbyterian church a few times. One Sunday, when I was attending Sunday school there, the … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, biography, Creator, God, history, Jesus Christ, lifestyles, religion, resurrection, self-esteem, Sunday school, Uncategorized, What is church? | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments