Category Archive for: ‘Carl’s Thoughts’

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    Hobby Lobby and the Rights of Jesus

    The mega-mart craft store where my wife loves to shop won a narrow victory today in the Supreme Court. They cannot be obligated to pay for their employees’ contraception needs.  And I’m left with mixed feelings. First of all, few things are ever simple. Never …

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  • St Luke

    The Old Catholics Were Right. The Bible’s Too Dangerous for the Average Person

    I grew up Protestant. Evangelical Pentecostal if we need to have exact labels. We were the good kind of Pentecostals – as opposed to the bad kind of course. We read the Bible. We memorized it. We took it seriously. I always won at Sword …

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  • Blog Gun

    Gun Control and Santa Barbara

    In light of the recent terrorist attack in Santa Barbara I decided to write totally off topic.  This is my gun control proposal. Simple, clear and direct. First of all, you need to know that I’m for the right to bear arms.  (Loosely given to …

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  • Blog Duck

    World Vision. Duck Dynasty. Global Warming. Noah. Muslims. And, uh….Jesus.

    Seems like a lot of folks are mad these days. Just check your Facebook and Twitter accounts if you haven’t noticed.

    Growing up, I don’t remember any Christians being mad at anything. We weren’t engaged, and we were happy. Racial issues were for “those people in the South” to deal with. Issues of sexuality were never talked about. Women’s rights were an “interesting discussion” that some folks in New York City were having. And Al Gore hadn’t invented either the internet (so we could follow these bad things) or Global Warming.

    Life was good!

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  • Blog Church

    Answering Donald Miller on the Local Church

    Discussing whether or not we should be part of a local church is similar to deciding whether you should call yourself a Christian or not.  It’s complicated. Every word depends on what that word means to you, and to everyone reading the word.  Descriptors, clauses, parenthesis, disclaimers and every other form of nuance are required, and misunderstanding is still likely.

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  • Jesus didn’t Teach!

    Try this one for an all time great Bible trivia question with someone who knows the scriptures well. “What was Jesus doing in the temple when he was 12 years old and his family left town forgetting him there?”

    Never mind the hilariousness of the holy family forgetting Jesus (Luke 2:41-52), or that it took them three days to find him, or that Jesus didn’t seem to mind…or…oh, so many funny things here. But back to the trick question – what was Jesus doing in the temple?

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  • A Real Man!

    This is the first in my series “Who is the Man?” Asking the question of who Jesus was. We can’t fully know who he is now, if we don’t understand who he was then.

    He was a man. Duh! you say. Well, not so fast. Many of us grew up in a form of Christianity that highlighted Jesus’ deity and downplayed his humanity. We always said that “he was fully human” but I’m not sure we believed it.

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  • Who is this Man?

    The question for the ages – who is Jesus? It’s my question almost daily as he continues to impress and surprise me. But he also confuses me, annoys me, angers me, encourages me, and in every way…astonishes me. Who is this man?

    I’m going to write a series of short blogs on this over the next weeks (as I attempt to write my new book – this is what I do when i have writers block, which is most of the time).

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  • My New Year resolution for YOU.

    I don’t know if this is fair or not. Probably not. Seems that most things I do are not “fair,” so why not make a New Year’s resolution on your behalf. Here it goes. I think you want to know Jesus more. Just a wild …

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  • My “Best of” 2013

    Never done this before but was inspired by Donald Miller’s “Best of” blog. So…here it goes….

    The Best of 2013:

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