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Q. What’s your opinion on rewarding kids with money for getting good grades in school?

Published in Dave Ramsey Says
Thursday, 07 May 2015 16:17

Cuba: Friend or Foe? (part 1)

 

You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:43-45

Expectant parents are bombarded with educational classes on how to nurture and care for their newborn, but who nurtures the couple during this transition?  New parents are thrown into a scary, unknown place when they go from ‘couple without kids’ to ‘couple with kids.’  Or should I say, ‘couple with sleep’ to ‘couple without sleep.’  Not only are they sleep deprived, but they are trying to figure out feeding/nap schedules, in-laws, unsolicited advice, and the car seat!  Overwhelming! 

Published in Counselors Corner

But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them,

for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”(Matthew 19:14)

 

 

For the past 10 years, Montgomery has had the pleasure of being home to one of the leading Christian Community Development Programs, The Nehemiah Center.  The Nehemiah Center was created using the model of community development which involves going into an under served area and enabling and empowering the community to better help themselves.

Published in Articles
Thursday, 07 May 2015 15:53

Christians, Art, and the Academy

Not long ago, I watched God’s Not Dead, a 2014 movie about an aggressively atheistic philosophy professor and a brave Christian undergraduate who is willing to stand up to him. It raises some genuinely important questions about what it means to be faithful to God in the face of serious challenges. In that regard, it’s an effective film. Other aspects were positive too. Some of the actors did a very nice job, the movie as a whole was visually appealing, and the actual content of the philosophical discussions wasn’t bad. I can certainly see why some of my friends liked it and recommended it to me.

 

Published in Matthew Jordan
Friday, 03 April 2015 15:39

Persuasion and Abortion

In this column last month, I suggested that Christians need to be careful when we make proposals for public policy that are grounded in our faith. One basic aspect of loving our neighbors is treating them with respect. And one basic aspect of treating people with respect, if we disagree with them about important issues, is seeking to persuade them to agree with us. The alternative to persuasion is coercion—and coercion, even if sometimes permissible, is almost never a way of respecting or loving our neighbors. If we try to pass laws that will restrict others’ freedoms, then it is our responsibility to look for a basis for those laws that could be plausible to someone who does not share our beliefs about God.

Published in Matthew Jordan
Thursday, 07 May 2015 15:31

Recognizing the Power of Prayer

A few weeks removed from the men’s basketball championship game, I want to steer you again toward Duke University, not to the hardwood, but toward a leading academic who relates the correlation between religion and health.  Yes, Duke has a Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health - its director is Dr. Harold Koenig.

Published in Bob Crittendon
Thursday, 07 May 2015 15:26

Let Him Speak

Ephesians 4:29: “Don’t use foul or abusive language.  Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.”

 

What do people hear when you speak?  I often pray on my way to work, “Dear Lord…May my words be encouraging; make me an encourager. May people feel better--lifted up from my words, my presence. May they hear and feel You.”

Published in Shine - Kim Hendrix

Teaching your kids can feel daunting.

But teaching your kids theology can feel downright terrifying.

 

Some feel overwhelmed with time issues. They just don’t see how they can fit something else into their day. Others may not feel as if they have adequate theological training. They feel uncomfortable instructing their kids beyond, “Jesus loves you.”

Published in Articles
Thursday, 07 May 2015 15:03

A Bride in Name Only

In April, 1956 C. S. Lewis of England married Joy Davidman of the United States in a civil ceremony. But she became a bride in name only. And even that was a secret. Her British visa had expired and she was facing deportation to America with her two young sons, knowing that her violent, alcoholic, ex-husband would be waiting for them. She needed desperately to find another place to live and decided to become a British citizen.

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