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What Will They Become?

Written by Victor Stanley Jr. In an article in the New York Times titled “New Facebook App for Children Ignites Debate Among Families,” published December 4th, 2017 touches on the effects of technology aimed at children. The story centers on Facebook’s new app, called Messenger Kids, which targets children under the age of thirteen. The app is designed to allow children to message friends and relatives that have been authorized by the app’s parental controls. (more…)

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Why A CROSS?

Written by Dave Lenehan   When you drive on Interstate 81 South from PA, MD or WVA into VA, you’ll likely see two significant roadside crosses. The first is a giant truss cross at Open Door Baptist Church in Clear Brook, VA that is best seen at night as it’s lit with all sorts of amazing colors (maybe a future EP employee?). The second is a set of three wooden crosses further down 81 near Read more

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My Anchor

Written by Dave Lenehan Growing up along the shores of Cape Cod, our family was blessed to always have some sort of boat on hand for fishing and shell-fishing.  We started with a dark green 8-foot wooden row boat, then graduated to an 8-foot aluminum boat.  A few years later, we had our first of two 18-22 foot motorboats that we used to cruise through the Cape Cod Canal and make for the open ocean Read more

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 “Not Peace But A Sword”

Written by Victor Stanley Jr.  

“You think I have come to bring peace on the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” (Matt. 10:34)

These are the words of Jesus to His disciples before sending them out into Judea to proclaim the message of Christ. These words do not mesh well with the romanticized timid and docile Jesus we tend to speak about in our churches. These words would not be spoke by the Jesus who wouldn’t harm a fly, who would never inconvenience us, who would never put us in uncomfortable positions, or disrupt our cozy lives. The Jesus proclaimed in most of our churches is at the mercy of our free will, our capriciousness, our desires, and is a glorified Santa Claus who grants wishes asked of him in the form of so called prayers; that Jesus would not dare to speak these words. If the Jesus we claim to carry in our hearts were to speak these words, well, we might have to kill Him for disrupting the natural scheme of things and upending our lives. (more…)

By The Double Edge, ago
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A Look at the Book of Acts

Written By Victor Stanley Jr.*  Acts is a book that serves as a history of the beginnings of the Church. It was written by Luke, and serves as “Part II” of what we will call his “History of Christianity.” By Part II I mean that it is the continuation of the book that bears its authors name, that is The Gospel According to Luke. Acts provides what Dr. Chris Gnanakan (Dr. G) calls a theological-literary framework for missional living. There are four elements that are present in the composition of Acts: (more…)

By The Double Edge, ago
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For By Faith…

Written By Victor Stanley Jr. In Romans 3:21-4:25 the Apostle Paul presents an argument that, at the time, was radical, especially to his Jewish readers.[1] He states that the righteousness of God has not only been manifested in the here and now, but that it has been manifested apart from the law. Looking back at chapter 2 we see that the Jews believed that they were justified by being members of the covenant community via circumcision and obedience to the law, that is that these were the outward signs of those who belonged to the covenant.[2] And in the first half of chapter 3 Paul levels the playing field by showing that no one, Jew or Greek, is righteous. (more…)

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Tolerance, Morality, & Freedom Parts I-III

Written by Victor Stanley Jr.  

Introduction

The following statement is put forth by a friend or acquaintance: “My biggest problem with Christianity is, for one, that Christians seem so intolerant and judgmental, and secondly, their sexual ethic seems to suppress basic human desires and our freedom to live fulfilled lives.” The question now raised is this, what response can be offered by the Christian who truly wants to engage the person who holds these views as well as the culture that shapes them? One can imagine that numerous responses are possible yet not all are plausible, some responses are consistent yet incoherent, and still other responses are coherent yet do not correspond to reality. Thus, the attempt must be made to offer a response that is plausible, consistent, coherent, and that corresponds to reality. (more…)

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Tolerance, Morality, & Freedom Part III: Freedom

Written by Victor Stanley Jr.

Introduction

The following statement is put forth by a friend or acquaintance: “My biggest problem with Christianity is, for one, that Christians seem so intolerant and judgmental, and secondly, their sexual ethic seems to suppress basic human desires and our freedom to live fulfilled lives.” The question now raised is this, what response can be offered by the Christian who truly wants to engage the person who holds these views as well as the culture that shapes them? One can imagine that numerous responses are possible yet not all are plausible, some responses are consistent yet incoherent, and still other responses are coherent yet do not correspond to reality. Thus, the attempt must be made to offer a response that is plausible, consistent, coherent, and that corresponds to reality.

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By The Double Edge, ago
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Tolerance, Morality, & Freedom Part II: Morality

Written by Victor Stanley Jr.

Introduction

The following statement is put forth by a friend or acquaintance: “My biggest problem with Christianity is, for one, that Christians seem so intolerant and judgmental, and secondly, their sexual ethic seems to suppress basic human desires and our freedom to live fulfilled lives.” The question now raised is this, what response can be offered by the Christian who truly wants to engage the person who holds these views as well as the culture that shapes them? One can imagine that numerous responses are possible yet not all are plausible, some responses are consistent yet incoherent, and still other responses are coherent yet do not correspond to reality. Thus, the attempt must be made to offer a response that is plausible, consistent, coherent, and that corresponds to reality. (more…)

By The Double Edge, ago