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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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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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Christians and Sports – Do You Support the Team?

There was a time in my life when I could list virtually every hockey player on the North Stars team. Of course I was just a kid. Names like Dino Ciccarelli, Neal Broten, and Mike Modano were easily remembered. Games played, goals, and positions, were among the many stats I filled my mind with. I was deeply disappointed, and as a result gave up watching hockey, when the Stars moved to Texas.

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What is Christianity?

I started writing a post with the preliminary title: “is this ministry” in which I am beginning to examine the things we call ministry. I am seeking to ascertain if what we call “ministry” is really all that we claim it to be, or if it is just our modernized pseudo-christian secular humanist way of trying to earn our salvation and/or appear pious. After doing some writing on that subject I realized that was a little too in depth a subject to tackle without a strong foundation. That foundation is this post (I hope.)

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The Servant’s Heart

Last night I went to an event held by a local church with my family and we had a wonderful time. There was food, hay rides, bonfires, and plenty of chatting. I had a really good time. I think most people, including me, would consider the event a success. The local church – the congregation – was successful in providing a good time to the people in their community.

As the evening rolled on I kept looking around and thinking: there are all these people gathered together, is anyone going to share the Gospel? I continued to think about it as the evening progressed and dark started to set in, I started to wonder: should I just stand up on one of these tables and start preaching the Gospel? It wasn’t my event, wasn’t my churches event, and if I’m honest, fear won out.

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