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Stephen B Calvert Clariosophic

Stephen B Calvert Clariosophic

There was once a Christian man who worked hard every day and provided well for his family. He and his wife had several children and his career was going wonderfully. One day he fell very ill and could no longer work. His health continued to decline until he could no longer walk. He needed assistance for bathing, and every sort of personal care. His wife, faithful as ever, took care of him, but they were behind in their bills and feared they would lose their home.

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Where The Road of Liberal Theology Leads

fitness-swingersSeriously, swinging for the Gospel? This is where the road leads that most Christians are on. Those that tell me that guarding our minds, and expecting other professing believers to do the same, is some form of legalism, are on this road. Many of the things we do in our churches, and use as so-called ministry are inexcusable actions. Some of which is disgraceful to even talk about. Video games that glorify violence as a means of “building bridges” to the lost? Movies that are full of coarseness, adultery, murder, violence, lying, etc as a way to entertain our youth so that they would feel comfortable “bringing a friend?”

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Response: The man had a bible in his hand. So why did he make me feel so uncomfortable?

This morning, I woke up and the first thing in my feed was a post someone had shared by Andy Youso entitled, “The man had a bible in his hand, so why did he make me feel so uncomfortable?” Typically I ignore these types of posts, but this one caught my attention because I know of, and pray for, the man in the picture used at the top of Andy’s post. When I read the blog post I found myself interpreting “uncomfortable” as scared (admittedly that might not be right but how it seemed) I have had conversations with this man (the one pictured) online when he’s been discouraged in his work for the Gospel. I, too, have at times considered him a little rough, but never to a point that I thought someone might be afraid of him. I’ve watched him, through video and Facebook posts, grow in his own walk as has continued to faithfully serve Christ over the years.

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Reponse: Thai surrogate says unaware twin had Down until late in pregnancy

A great deal of emotion was stirred in me as I read an article at MSN talking about a Thai Surrogate that kept a child with a disability despite being asked to abort it. As a father of a child born with Down Syndrome I can tell you, it can be rough! But I can tell you something else as well. That tough child is a child, a human child, and he has all the same needs for love and acceptance that any “normal” child has. He is quite capable of feeling emotion, and desperately needs the type of affection that speaks to him.

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Is the Ark Project a Good Thing Before God?

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There are things I know are going to make me look judgmental when I sit down to write them. This would be one of those things. I have been chewing on the rational behind the Creation Museum, and now the Ark as attractions which are claimed to be ministries of, or with, Answers in Genesis (AIG). No matter how I twist it around in my mind, I can’t come to a place where I go, “That’s a good idea.” It was the posting of the picture to the left, and all of it’s “Corporate” look and feel, that finally pushed me to post my thoughts.

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Does Anyone Know What Biblical Christianity is Anymore?

I have been looking for something to write about for a few days and nothing has been hitting me. I can’t often just sit down and make things up. I have to be interested, passionate, or inspired to sit down and talk about something.

This morning, I was less than ten minutes out of bed, and I found my wife reading me this question. I hear, and read this question in one form or another probably three or four times a week from various brothers struggling to grasp an understanding of why there is such a stark contrast between the Biblical examples and the American professors. Once again a brother this morning was struggling trying to reconcile what he sees of a Christian in scripture and what he sees of those in this world.

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Pharisaical, or a Measure of Obedience?

Judgmental, legalistic, Pharisaical – These are terms I have heard the professing Christian use to identify others, or others behavior when they are being challenged by them. My own wife was once referenced as Pharisaical because she pointed out that Jesus said, “You will know them by their fruit.” Over the years of hearing these terms slung around like mud toward anyone that a “Christian” finds challenging I have come to realize that it is very likely that they have no clue what they are saying, or even referring to.

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