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Hope South Florida

HOPE South Florida is the Front Door to Hope for the Homeless There are currently over 200 homeless families on a waiting list for shelter in Broward County alone. Most of these families are single mothers with children. These families in crisis are our community’s modern day widows — every one of them in need […]

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Get Involved With Vacation Bible School

Because I am a seminary professor, I live most of my life in the ivory tower of academia. In spite of that, I love Vacation Bible School! Despite the fact that I teach New Testament Greek as my vocation, I have no greater privilege than helping children to understand the gospel. In my life I […]

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Do You Reward Mediocrity?

If you knew a substance was poisonous to someone else’s health, would you give it to them? Of course not, you’d give them a tonic to help cure what ails them. You’d do all you had in your power to make them better, stronger and healthier. And yet, in our culture today we dole out […]

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Ministering Beyond The Four Walls

The Refuge Ministry, Calvary Chapel, is an outreach program that has been ministering to the homeless in Broward County since 2006. The program was started by Jym Kaye, then pastor at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, about eight years ago. Dirk Ruyf took up the challenge to oversee the program about a year now since Pastor […]

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Choosing A Christian or Secular College

Research shows that students gain as much from their interactions outside the classroom as they do from their interactions inside the classroom. As a result, the decision whether to attend a Christian or secular college is an important one. While there exists a continuum on which both Christian or secular college falls upon, below are […]

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The Credibility of Christianity

Is Christianity really credible? Or is Christian faith just a blind leap in the dark? Is Christianity a reasonable position to take? Or is it simply a convenient crutch that millions of mindless people use to get through life? Many people consider Christianity to be anti-intellectual. They say things like, “Well if it works for […]

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Banning The Bible From Schools

In our own backyard, at Park Lakes Elementary in Broward County, has arisen a disturbing story of a twelve year old boy (Giovanni Rubeo) getting in trouble with his teacher for having the audacity of reading the Bible to himself during free time when the children were free to read whatever they wanted. But his […]

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The right to be wrong?

We love reader feedback. We welcome and encourage it. Our readers reflect the diversity that makes up South Florida, viewing issues from varying perspectives. Having lived in a few places and traveled to many more before settling down in Fort Lauderdale, I really love living here and experiencing the diversity of its people. It’s never […]

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Six Pillars of Parenting for Fathers

The first Father’s Day in the United States was observed on June 19, 1910, in Spokane, Washington. The day was proposed by Mrs. John B. Dodd, who wanted to honor her father, William Smart, a Civil War veteran who raised six children alone after his wife died in childbirth. Clearly, Mrs. Dodd took seriously the […]

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Unburdened

In 1 John 5:3-4 John makes what seems, on the face of it, to be a ridiculous claim: the commands of God are not burdensome. What? Has John not read the Old Testament with its 613 commandments? Was he not there for the Sermon on the Mount, complete with Jesus’ proclamation that his followers are […]

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