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Don’t Objectify Me!

A Theology of Adornment in the Age of Porneia   Written by Marcia Smith   “Don’t objectify me!” is the loud rallying cry for human dignity heard all across our individual rights obsessed culture today. Speakers addressing the evils of objectification at college campuses can usually expect to find a sympathetic audience of clucking tongues and angrily wagging fingers, most often among the women, as they rain hail fire and brimstone down on the men.1 Read more

By The Double Edge, ago
Poetry

Who Was I?

Written by Victor Stanley Jr.   Look I couldn’t breathe, still my chest heave weary from the death beat of a heart pushed to its limit running from life ignoring those church folk worked dope, up and down that mid-atlantic coast, doing the most just to boast that I was really about it life plans outed in an existence that was clouded by prayers to the darkness illuminated on the ember of a joint materialized Read more

By The Double Edge, ago
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What Do We Do?

Written by Dave Lenehan   Her name was Rachel Scott.  When you were in high school, you may have participated in an anti-bullying program called Rachel’s Challenge.  It is being used by hundreds of schools across the country.  Rachel, a believer, was one of 12 students and a teacher gunned down at Columbine High School in Colorado on April 20, 1999. Rachel’s funeral was broadcast on national television.  Prayers for the students and their families Read more

By The Double Edge, ago
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A Theology of Nakedness In Art

Written by Marcia Smith   Curved and tense looms the colossal marble statue of Michelangelo’s David over the public square of Florence’s seat of civic government. Originally commissioned for the rooftop of the Florence Cathedral, he stands just blocks away from it in a wide open space, fully disrobed in a classic Renaissance celebration of the beauty and splendor of pure youth. In allusion to the veiled travesty taking place, his foremother stands outside the Florence Cathedral, clutching an animal skin at her waist in shame, while his promised seed and divine descendent overlooks the interior, resplendent and half-robed on the judgment seat. No explanation is given by the church to the use of either unclothed or clothed humans in its art, and thus the famous Renaissance art display indicates a deeper problem—a serious gap in our theology of Christ, nakedness, and art. (more…)

By The Double Edge, ago
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Relationship vs. Kinship

Written by Victor Stanley Jr.   A Brief Introduction What is relationship? What is kinship? Furthermore, what is the difference between them? Some definitions will help us understand what each is, and allow us to quickly look at the uniqueness of each and why Christians should strive for one or the other.   Relationship Merriam Webster defines relationship as follows:      1: the state of being related or interrelated (studied the relationship between the Read more

By The Double Edge, ago
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Baptism & The Lord’s Supper Part II

Written by Dr. Timothy Brophy   At the time of the Protestant Reformation, there was much disagreement regarding the nature of and, therefore, the number of sacraments.  For the sake of brevity, I will focus on the conclusions and definitions that emerged from the English Reformation.  Article XXV (“Of the Sacraments”) of the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion states that “Sacraments ordained of Christ be not only badges or tokens of Christian men's profession, but rather they be certain sure witnesses, and effectual signs of grace, and God's good will towards us, by the which he doth work invisibly in us, and doth not only quicken, but also strengthen and confirm our Faith in him.” (more…)

By The Double Edge, ago
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Baptism & The Lord’s Supper Part I

Written by Dr. Timothy Brophy   The Lord Jesus Christ instituted two ceremonial rites (or sacraments) for his followers to observe.  Baptism was given as a one-time rite of initiation into the New Covenant community and the Lord’s Supper as a regular rite of remembrance (Packer, 1993, 209).  These were gifts from the Lord, given as signs and seals of their covenant relationship with God, and as means of grace until his second coming (Packer, 1993, 209-210).  Originally part of the same initiation process, baptism and the Lord’s Supper have been inextricably linked from the earliest days of the church.  (more…)

By The Double Edge, ago
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The Greatness of a Cupbearer

Written by Dave Lenehan   “Now I was cupbearer to the king.” Great story, bro. Thanks for sharing. Now before you get concerned that this edition of Thoughts is going all sarcastic on you, let me explain.  Those seven words don’t even make up a full verse in the Bible, but they are the words of Nehemiah.  They set the stage at the end of chapter 1 for what God does for Nehemiah and the nation of Israel throughout the rest of the book.  God uses Nehemiah’s high position of king’s cupbearer to give him an audience with the king where he shares the burden and sadness that he has been carrying about the city of Jerusalem being in ruins.  (more…)

By The Double Edge, ago
Poetry

Dear American Christians…

Written by Evan Meinke  

Dear American Christians, We all need to admit there is a problem. We see it as every day hordes of our “Christian” Youth ‘walk away’ from the faith. What will we change? Dear American Christians, They see that we are fake, they have observed the façade. They see it in every component of our lives. (more…)

By The Double Edge, ago
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Swimming The Tiber

Written by Jeff Benson  

INTRODUCTION

In the history of Christendom there has always been a struggle for unity within local congregations in order that they might be able to form something greater than they could accomplish by themselves. Jesus in one of his final prayers asks that all believers “may be one”[1] and additionally notes that this is how “the world may believe that you have sent me”[2]. Historically the Catholic Church has sought to fulfill this prayer, by providing a single, unified body that is designed to work together as Christ intended. (more…)

By The Double Edge, ago