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The Name of the Game

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I enjoy watching football and baseball games on TV…especially if the Vikings and Twins are playing well.But one thing I loathe is the increasing number of sporting events and stadiums named after businesses.
During the 1980’s, organizers of college bowl games started giving corporate sponsors “naming rights.”All these games used to have simple names like the Rose Bowl and the Cotton Bowl.Now we have games such as the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl and The Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas.What’s really confusing is many of these games change their name every few years.For example, this year’s Belk Bowl (to be played at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina) was previously called the Meineke Car Care Bowl, the Continental Tire Bowl, and before that the Queen City Bowl.
Nowadays, most major league teams play in venues named after a corporate sponsor.In 1990 when the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves announced their new arena would be called Target Center, I was surprised.That sounded…

Save With Fear

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This past week while walking by a table at a coffee shop, I noticed a Time magazine from earlier this year with the cover story “What If There’s No Hell?”   My initial reaction was the title should instead read, “What If There IS a Hell?”  Christians have nothing to lose by following the Lord except their sin, sickness, and poverty.  The heathen risk spending eternity in the lake of fire.  I posted my thoughts about this magazine cover on my Facebook page.  One friend responded with her belief that using hell for a fear tactic is satanic.


Romans 2:4 does say it’s the goodness of God that leads one to repentance.  Personally I prefer to hear more about the love of God than “fire and brimstone” preaching.  On the other hand, Jesus gave many warnings in the gospels about hell. 
A fellow minister shared an interesting analogy with me.  If you saw your children playing on a busy street, wouldn’t you immediately holler at them to come back into the yard?  Of course you would.  A car might hit…

Occupy Till He Comes

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Much has been in the news lately about Occupy Wall Street.  According to Wikipedia, “Occupy Wall Street is an ongoing series of demonstrations in New York City based in Zuccotti Park in the Wall Street financial district…They are mainly protesting social and economic inequality, corporate greed, corruption and influence over government—particularly from the financial services sector—and lobbyists.”  What began two months ago as a protest in New York City has spread to cities throughout the United States and other countries.
How should Christians respond to this whole Occupy movement?  It’s interesting that Jesus Himself said in Luke 19:13 (KJV), “Occupy till I come.”  But that doesn’t mean the Lord wants us just sitting around until He returns.  The New King James Version of Luke 19:13 reads, “Do business till I come.”  Jesus went on to say in verse 23, “Why then did you not put my money in the bank, that at my coming I might have collected it with interest?”  This would counter claims…

Too Many People?

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This past week, the United Nations reported that the world’s population had exceeded seven billion people.The U. S. Census Bureau states on their web site that this mark won’t be reached until early next year.Either way, numerous individuals are worried about this planet becoming too crowded.Dr. Eric Tayag of the Philippines’ Department of Health said, “We should really focus on the question of whether there will be food, clean water, shelter, education and a decent life for every child.If the answer is ‘no,’ it would be better for people to look at easing this population explosion.”
Conversely, Steven Mosher of the Population Research Institute points out that people are “not just consumers, but producers.”He also stated, “Every stomach comes with two hands attached and every mouth is backed by a creative intelligence equipped to leave the world a better place.”
Steven knows firsthand the devastating results of population control.In 1979, he was invited to Mainland China by the Chinese…