Are You Religious?

By Edward Thal / If religion is defined as a set of beliefs about the cause, nature and purpose of the universe, and man’s place within it, then it is clear that even atheists are religious. By the same measure, belief in evolution is a religion just as much as Marxism—or any other ideology that purports to offer life principles …

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Small Church, Big Church?

By Autumn Fugate /  Small church? Big church? People have different opinions about where they want to be. I have had the good fortune of attending both big and small churches. The big churches allowed me to watch several growing ministries effectively operated by people in leadership, while Bluegrass Baptist Church has allowed me to put into practice some of …

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The Meaning of Christmas

By Edward Thal / The single greatest difference between Christians and all other religious systems is that we enjoy the manifest presence of God. Religions have a belief system, rules, commitment, certainty, and passion, but lack this one vital component. Religions seek after God, try to explain God, labor to impress God: Bible-believing Christians simply receive God. The wonderful truth …

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The Glory of God Unveiled

By Edward Thal / Moses asked to see the glory of God, and could not, “for there shall no man see me, and live.” (Exodus 33:18-23). Later, the Israelites saw the glory of God reflected in the face of Moses, and were afraid. (Ex. 34:29-35). Moses was as the moon reflecting the sun, but still the glory was too much …

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Education: Secular and Christian

Post-modern society strips children of security and hope. They are taught that God is dead, our institutions are corrupt, our people are racist and our future is doomed by global warming. Children are taught to value multiculturalism, burying their individuality in tribal identities. Violence is romanticized and sex is distorted and promoted. By contrast, children raised in Christ-honoring, Bible-believing homes …

Freedom or Liberty?

These United States are not founded on a notion of freedom, but of liberty. The difference is profound, and yet the distinction has been all but obliterated by those who value freedom over liberty. In a nutshell, the modern concept of freedom is license to do whatever makes you feel good. But liberty, as conceived by those who framed our …