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Faith

Interpreting “The War is Coming!” and “Falling on the Sword”

If you’ve followed me on this blog or Facebook or Twitter, you know that I don’t do this. I don’t explain my stories. One of the things I love about prose and poetry is the necessity of the reader to interpret it. If I, as the author, explain my own understanding of the story, many

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Falling on the Sword

Taking up his sword, just as the Master commanded, Nathan prepared for battle. Sharpening the blade, lifting the breastplate, cinching the belt, donning the helmet, he prepared for more than just the physical confrontation. As he cleared his mind, the Master’s commandments filled him, boiling up through his mind and cascading down his flesh, cleansing

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Since When is Being “Politically Correct” a Bad Thing?

Politically Correct (PC): Avoiding language or behavior that any particular group of people might feel is unkind or offensive In case you haven’t noticed, the United States is currently in the midst of a heated and polemic presidential race. Increasingly over the last few months, I have heard many people railing against what they deem “political

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A Devotion on Spiritual Desertion

The soul that on Jesus has leaned for repose I will not, I will not desert to its foes; that soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake, I’ll never, no, never, no never forsake! The prospect of spiritual desertion is possibly the most frightening experience of the Christian life. Hell itself is often articulated as the

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Faith

Winds of Change in the Church of the Nazarene

I have been attending predominantly Nazarene churches for about seven years now and officially been a member of the Church of the Nazarene for around six years. In that time, I’ve come to realize that there is a lot of tension between the right wing and the left wing of the denomination – tension that

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Faith

“We Don’t Need No Modern Jesus”

There’s a song that I recently can’t seem to get out of my head: “Modern Jesus” by Portugal. The Man. This intriguing and catchy song has captured my interest and piqued my curiosity. In the music video for “Modern Jesus,” religious images of stained glass windows, icons, crosses, and cathedrals are juxtaposed with clips portraying

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The Confrontation

Nate Simmons was a good guy, but we were bound to bump heads eventually.  He was a Christian, I was an atheist.  It was only a matter of time. We both were hired last spring at Kansas City International Airport to work the ramp for United Airlines.  As Nate had prior experience in management and

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Three Reasons I Broke Up with the Baptist Church

WARNING: You are about to read some gross generalizations. Baptist churches are so diverse that it’s pretty much impossible to write anything that applies across the board, so know that I’m writing from my personal experience in fundamentalist Baptist churches. Your experience may differ. Every breakup is tough. If you know anything about my personal

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To Love Them Both

No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. I looked in the hallway mirror and buttoned my jacket. All set. “Alright honey, I’m heading over to Eden’s for a bit. I’ll be back in a few hours.” “Have

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Faith

I Can’t Call Myself a Christian Anymore

Christian. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, this term refers to “one who professes belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ.” Oxford dictionary defines it as “Of, relating to, or professing Christianity or its teachings: the Christian Church” and adds, “Having or showing qualities associated with Christians, especially those of decency, kindness, and fairness.” While we