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Blessed are the …

Almost three weeks ago, I posted from a small fishing village on the northeast coast of Brazil. My post mentioned my location, apologized for not having something new to post, linked to a piece from several years ago, and stated … Continue reading

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Of Specks and Logs

A well-meaning soul shared a thought the other day with her social media friends. The thought, in the form of a meme, carried the message, “Worry about your own sin. I promise you won’t be asked about mine.” Of course, … Continue reading

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Of Good Intentions and False Teachers

In the interest of clarity, let me start with the following statement. AnOldSinner has a concern about the prevalence of false teachers in the world today. It is somewhat based on my experiences as a young Christian, experiences that drove … Continue reading

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Of Curses and Euphemisms

One of this writer’s seminary professors covered euphemisms as part of his lecture on the Third Commandment.1 The commandment states, “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him … Continue reading

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Faith in People

A friend posted this recently on FB. By friend, I mean someone I actually know and see in person at times. We’ve even done some ministry work together, and I have a great deal of respect for him. Still, as … Continue reading

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Big on Crosses

As chronicled in “Flawed Messengers” and other works, AnOldSinner once had a problem with those who called themselves Christian. This was partially due to experiences in a particularly conservative branch of Christianity as a child and young adult. The pastors … Continue reading

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Saltwater Gospel?

Inspiration is a strange beast. One never knows what will cause it to catch one’s attention. At times, it seems to spring out of nowhere and grab one by the throat like a lion. At other times, it slips up … Continue reading

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And, So It Goes

One Sunday not long ago a pastor was preaching a weighty sermon dealing with suffering. He opined that some people had a hard time reconciling a loving God with human suffering. Accordingly, he said some pastors and ministers simply chose … Continue reading

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Changed?

AnOldSinner was looking into the mirror the other day. It was not one of those, “Gosh is that another wrinkle moments,” or “Boy, I still look good for my age moments.” It was one of those, “What do others see … Continue reading

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A Loving God?

A couple of years ago AnOldSinner wrote “Of Job and Ants.” I was reminded of this piece during a sermon at my home church recently. We were starting a series on suffering, and Job was mentioned. Of course, I immediately … Continue reading

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