May 2016

Catholics and Nazarenes: Friends or Foes?

May 17, 2016 - 09:46
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By Jeremy Scott

We want to acknowledge that Catholicism takes on various characteristics in different contexts. Regionally, it may be true that Roman Catholics in your area are not open to conversation or shared mission with non-Catholics. However, this need not stop us from trying, or at least avoiding speaking ill of them. If nothing else, it should spur us onward to the same prayer that Jesus prayed: that those who believe in His name be “one.”

Politics and Jesus, Our Prophet, Priest, and King

May 17, 2016 - 09:27
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by Shawna Songer Gaines

 

This morning my sleepy little coffee shop is abuzz with chatter about a big political speech given last night. Eavesdropping on the conversations at tables around me becomes my “water-cooler” perspective on recent events.

A circle of retired gentlemen solve the problems of the world one expresso at a time. A father and daughter trade policy positions, and life, over steamy cups of something sweet. And a group of women with open Bibles talk about how their faith impacts their politics.

Intimacy: A Better Story

May 17, 2016 - 08:33
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by Todd Frye and Brent Moore

The dreaded “sex talk”— a right of passage for every person who dares to embark on the journey of parenting. I remember when my wife and I entered into this awkward exchange of adult realities matched with our child’s innocent view of the world. We pulled together our best material, which mostly emphasized body parts and how they worked together to make a baby. Our final words to our son were, “If you have any questions, please ask.”

Well, it wasn’t but 15 minutes later my son innocently turned to me and said, “How often do people do this?”