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A Theology of Christmas

“Keep Christ in Christmas!” This motto is often championed during the holiday season by well-meaning folks who paste it on the back of their vehicles or post it on their Facebook pages. But what does it really mean to live that motto out? Does it simply mean not shortening the word to “Xmas?” Even in […]

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Recommended Podcasts

An ongoing “discussion” (more like a friendly war, really) here at the Good News offices is Apple vs. Google / iPhone vs. Android. Whichever technology brand you are loyal to, make sure you’re using your smartphone to actually make you smarter by subscribing to one or more of the podcasts below. Northpoint Community Church – […]

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Disarming Karma

The amazing thing about grace is that it has no limits or boundaries. It is free, unconditional and unmerited. Biblical grace is a contradiction to almost everything that American society thinks should happen in the world. But the world continuously promotes the idea of anti-Christian karma and, most of the time, it is easy to […]

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An Impossible Choice

Only a few years ago, the 50 percent HIV/AIDS infection rate on Mfangano Island, one of Kenya’s poorest communities, was among the highest in the world. A culture of prostitution and sexual promiscuity facilitated the rapid spread of HIV which ultimately decimated an entire generation. Like so many of his generation, a man by the […]

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Banning Healing

On September 29, 2012, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill banning “reparative” or “conversion” therapy for minors. The law will take effect on January 1, 2013 and states that “no mental health professional will be able to provide to anyone under the age of 18 therapy that seeks to change behaviors or […]

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Rethinking Discipleship

What comes to mind when you think of discipleship? Is discipleship a life of moral reform or inner spirituality? Is discipleship serving soup lines and social activism in the name of Jesus? Is discipleship a doctrinal course or a forty-day Bible program that a person completes and then suddenly pops out as a disciple? Discipleship […]

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What Color Is Your Holiday?

Bing Crosby sang he was dreaming of a “White Christmas”. Merchants see the holidays in hues of green. A large number of people see this season in red for the over-extended debt they accumulate. Then there are those whose holiday color is blue as in “feeling blue.” For many, this is a time of year […]

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Is Tithing for Today?

Commentary Does the Bible teach that tithing (giving 10% of our income/increase) is the essential and enduring requirement for Christian giving? Christians through the years have supported this based on various scriptures, reasoning that since the Old Testament patriarchs like Abraham and Jacob gave tithes at certain times, then the practice must be God’s abiding […]

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Do Religion and Politics Mix?

You have probably heard the old saying, “Two things we never talk about around here are religion and politics.” Why do people say that or think that way? It is because both of those issues are very personal. People can feel passionate about either one and still feel that they are a private matter. However, […]

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Unashamed Tour

For many Christians, it is a challenge to find Christian music that is as good as the mainstream music they enjoy. And, for most hip-hop fans, “Christian” and “rap” seem to be mutually exclusive terms. Is it possible to produce Christian hip-hop that is as good or better than the mainstream? Is it possible to […]

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