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    Dust Off The Sword

    Written by Dave Lenehan You’ve got to admit that swords are cool.  Maybe it’s because we don’t see them in use on a daily basis (and that’s probably a good thing). Perhaps it’s because our first memory of seeing or even holding a sword likely has a cool story to go along with the blade’s cool factor (watching Braveheart, Gladiator, Lord of the Rings or Narnia included). When I was in high school, I won newspaper Carrier of the Year from our local Cape Cod Times  through Parade magazine; that award carried with it an all-expense-paid trip to Spain for 10 days.  I had only flown a few times in my life and never out…

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    Reunion Tours and Dandelions

    Written by Dave Lenehan   I think we all have a favorite band that we would love to see embark on a reunion tour.  Many have asked Sir Paul and Ringo to relive the Beatles.  Many of the rock bands of the 70s and 80s continue to have immense success with all new tours.  The production trade mags attest to that. Christian music fans finally experienced the long-awaited dcTalk reunion during the band’s special boat cruise last year. Now there are rumors of Cruise Part II coming up this summer. One band I’ll never forget that held a brief reunion tour a few years ago was the ska band Five Iron…

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    All of The Sudden…

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr.   I read a lot. I study Scripture, its doctrines and theology. I study philosophy, Christian, secular, and Eastern philosophy. I teach theology and do ministry training, I write a lot of cultural commentary and practical theology, I serve in various leadership roles. My dad is the pastor of a large church, one of my mentors is a globally renowned missiologist and theologian, one of my other mentors is a high ranking executive at one of the world’s largest Christian organizations. I’m told by many people that I am highly respected and greatly beloved. By all counts I’m on a path to become, by human…

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    A Bindi

    Written by Dave Lenehan   We might call it a pebble, a piece of dirt, a thorn or a pine needle.  The Aussies – at least according to former Newsboy frontman Peter Furler – call it a “bindi.”  It is a tiny, sharp-needled seed usually found on the beach in Australia.  Used as slang, the word means that little pointy, prickly thing that sometimes gets stuck in our foot walking on the beach or in our shoe just walking around the neighborhood.  And while its actual size is usually small, it feels like a 6-inch thick arrow tip with spikes sticking out of it.   No matter how much you…

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    My Father. . .

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr.   My father is a quiet man, and I’m like him in that way. My father is a pensive man, and I’m like him in that way. My father takes his time before he speaks, I am trying to be more like him in that way. My father is a humble and gentle man, and Lord knows He has a lot more work to do in me before I’ll be like my father in that way.

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    Blessed Are the Forgiven

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr.   Here’s the problem, I was a gangster, and this means that you didn’t just speak to me any way you please. There’s a level of fear and respect that was accorded to me based on my position in the streets. So, when my homie D’s grandmother started chewing me out in front of her building it wasn’t going to fly. I was 19 or so, and I don’t quite remember what I had done to upset her, but whatever it was she was letting me have it. Of course, as I said, you don’t just talk to me any way you want, and I…

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    The Problem With Sex: How Birth Control Damaged the Family

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr.   In two previous articles, The Problem With Sex… and Why Marriage Matters I deal with, in brief, the negative impact of birth control on marriage and family, and the importance and purpose of marriage. In this article I address in detail the problem with birth control and how it has effected the family, as well as its direct link to abortion rights and same-sex marriage legislation.

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    How I Handle Sin

    Written by Dave Lenehan   There’s always two sides to every story.  One side typically is the truth. The other is at most a big fat lie or at the least, a long stretching of the truth.  I think the same can be said about how we approach our sin.  When I’ve sinned, do I go right to God, confess it all, repent and seek his forgiveness…or do I sort of push it aside, not really tackle the issue and start convincing myself that it was not really a big deal? The final hours of Jesus life on Earth give us an interesting insight into that internal battle.  It’s played…

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    Preaching to Yourself

    Written by Derek Levendusky   From Dave Lenehan: My friend and ministry colleague Derek Levendusky holds a myriad of God-given talents. He’s Pastor of GraceLife Church in Avon, NY. He’s a singer, songwriter, guitarist/pianist, seminar speaker, wrestling coach, Dolphins fan (don’t hold that against him), father of six and husband of an amazingly talented woman of God. We’ve shared scores of incredible ministry experiences together, seeing God move in the hearts of young people at concerts, worship events and youth conferences. I am honored to call him a friend and to have served alongside him for close to two decades. Derek takes up Weekly Thoughts pen today.   At GraceLife…

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    #WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr.   In an article for CNN titled “Black Panther’ Is a Movie and a Movement,”[1] Lisa France discusses the cultural impact of the Marvel movie Black Panther. The point that Ms. France is trying to make can be summed up in the following quote from her article: “…a film that explores what it means to be black, centered on a black superhero, featuring a mostly black cast, and helmed by a black director is on pace to be one of Marvel’s biggest blockbusters.”[2] One of the most notable and talked about aspects of the movie is its “blackness,” it is a movie that celebrates African…