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Race and Gender

God made all humans of one race because we are all children of Adam and Eve (“He has made of one blood every nation,” Acts 17:26). In a practical way differences in skin color are the same as differences in hair color or the color of our eyes. These things are different due to where […]

My Grandfather’s Legacy

I was born in 1950 with two grandfathers.  I loved them both.  “Grandpa Doc” Shrader was a dentist in Iowa, my father’s father.  “Grandpa Sam” Condren was a simple man, a butcher in a local grocery store in Springfield, MO, my mother’s father.  Both were WWI veterans, grandpa Doc in the medical core, and grandpa […]

God’s Statue Reminders

I am glad that God didn’t remove the reminders of our sin from the Bible. Those reminders are like statues that stand in public places to remind us of things that should not be done again. Only if we think that humans are perfect and without sin would we think to destroy these because, as […]

John Adams on False Accusers

“We find in the rules laid down by the greatest English judges, who have been the brightest of mankind:   We are to look upon it as more beneficial that many guilty persons should escape unpunished than one innocent should suffer.  The reason is, because it is of more importance to the community that innocence should […]

A Big Wall with a Beautiful Gate

(On the final day of the month.  Reading the last chapters of Revelation.)  In the last two chapters of the Bible, Revelation 21 and 22, God describes the final country (or city if you will) that is to be built.  A city “foursquare.”  A city that would be about half the size of the continental […]

Billy Graham’s Passing

Billy Graham was an evangelical evangelist who preached the gospel and saw many thousands of people come to Christ through his ministry.  Though I have not been a supporter of his new-evangelical ecumenicalism, I have always been thankful for many things about his life and ministry.  It will be interesting to see how America today […]

Rebuilding the Tower of Babel

Nimrod “began to be a mighty one in the earth . . . And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel” (Gen. 10:8-10).  God had judged the earth by a universal flood because “the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil […]