Is David Bowie in Heaven or…

“Look up here; I’m in Heaven,” sang David Bowie on his farewell video before dying of cancer. As a pastor I’m always curious, when a celebrity dies, if he was a Christian. Will I someday meet The Thin White Duke in Heaven? I researched his song lyrics and interviews to get some clues: In his

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The Great Divide

It’s 2016! Happy New Year! But why? Do you know what happened 2,016 years ago? Over the last several weeks I posed that question to various people in different locales, from Panda Express, to Costco, to Whole Foods Market. And only one person answered correctly. What happened? Simply the most significant event ever…. It’s been

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A Real Piece of Work

What a piece of work you are. Really. There’s only one you and God made you the way you are. Absolutely unique. You were never a product of random chance; you didn’t evolve out of primordial ooze. You never came from a fish; your distant cousin ain’t an ape and your grandfather to the tenth

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Damning Proof!

I cannot prove the existence of God. There. I said it. But let me be clear: I can point to evidence that suggests a Creator. With that said, I’ve given up trying to convince unbelievers that God exists for one main reason: They will never believe because they’ve made up their minds that there is

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Dead Men Walking

I see dead people…Walking around like regular people…. They only see what they want to see. They don’t know they’re dead. —Cole Sear, from The Sixth Sense Did you hear the one about the atheist who thought he was dead? He goes into the doctor’s office and tells the doctor that he’s dead. The doctor

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Religion Stinketh, Pt. 2

Question: “Can I dance naked on a bar room table since I don’t have to follow any rules to be a Christian?” Last week I wrote that religion is no fun. By “religion,” I mean the man-made, “Can’t do that/thou shalt not”-rule-keeping-to-please-God type of stuff. Ya know, the kind of “faith” no one likes, wants

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Religion Stinketh, Pt. 1

These are weekly articles that I write for our local paper, The Johnson City Record Courier. “Give me that old time religion” says the late 19th century Gospel song because “it’s good enough for me.” But is it, really? What do you think of when you hear the word “religion”? Does it make you feel

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