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The Deafening Silence of Evangelicals on Racism and Hateful Talk
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I go out of my way to not be political in my blogs. But occasionally, I just have to ask, “Does anyone else notice how racism and hateful talk about our ‘enemies’ is rearing it’s ugly head again, and getting worse?” I’m not ready to call any politician a “racist” (yet), but as an evangelical and historically a Republican, I’m ashamed that the leaders of our party and pastors of evangelical churches do not courageously stand up and call out as sin, any statement that pits one race against another, or values one race, or nationality, higher than another.
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Poly-What? And Who Cares?
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This is a true story (with names changed) from a Christian Reformed denominational draft paper on human sexuality:

During Sunday worship, Lisa, 45, wonders how church members would react if they knew she and her husband each have deep personal relationships with other people which include sexual intimacy. They practice polyamory. She and Andrew know that many biblical figures were polygamous, and the couple believe Jesus preached an ethic of love. They realize they cannot meet all of each other’s needs and are happy to have discovered deeper love with more people.

This couple isn’t just your 70’s “swingers.” There’s way more to it than “just” swapping sex partners for a night. This practice is distorting everything Christians believe about family and fidelity and it’s probably happening right in your church.

The following blog is by Dr. Preston Sprinkle, PhD. in New Testament, former professor at Cedarville and Eternity Bible Colleges and the President of The Center for Faith, Sexuality and Gender. www.centerforfaith.com.
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Case For Old Earth, Biblical Creationism Part 4
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A Continuation of Age Six (Day Six): Mankind (p. 54-47).
“Let us make man in our image…’So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:26-27

A. The only Hebrew noun used for mankind in Genesis 1 is ‘adam. This noun, used frequently in Hebrew literature, refers exclusively to the first individual human or to the first human couple and their descendants. In the report of God’s creation of ‘adam, we see the third and final usage of bara in Genesis 1. Just as in the case of the nephesh, a second verb, asa, is used. Again, something about ‘Adam is completely new, and something about him is not. Because creatures with body and soul (meaning that they had emotions) already existed, the spiritual dimension of this one creature set him apart from all others. Only the human, God’s final work of the creation days, bears “the image of God.” This distinction applies to no other creature.
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A Case For Old Earth, Biblical Creationism Part 3
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Age Four (Day Four): Lights in the Sky (p. 41-46).

A. For many millions of years after light first pierced the dark shroud surrounding Earth, the sky would continue to resemble the heavy overcast of a stormy day. Certain atmospheric constituents, along with air temperature, pressure, and humidity, would have prevented any break in the cloud cover. Volcanic activity also may have contributed to this permanently overcast condition. The carbon dioxide level was substantially higher than the current level, contributing to high humidity. Fossil evidence affirms the existence of such conditions. Through time, changes in these various environmental factors – stabilization of air temperature and pressure, consumption of carbon dioxide by plants, and decrease in volcanic activity – would have brought about another major transformation of the atmosphere, this time from translucent to transparent. At least for some moments, probably only a few at first, the clouds would break.

B. A significant factor was the slowing down of Earth’s rotation rate. A slower rotating Earth means calmer wind velocities (much calmer – Jupiter with a ten-hour rotation rate has average wind velocities exceeding a thousand miles per hour). Calmer wind velocities mean significantly less efficient sea-salt aerosol production. (Sea-salt aerosols are produced as winds whip up ocean waves.) Since a new discovery establishes that sea-salt aerosols make up by far the largest fraction of cloud nuclei, Earth’s cloud cover would thin dramatically as its rotation rate slows down.
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