Monthly Archives August 2013

Rethinking Sin

By Kevin Austin

I’ve been a Christian most of my life. I’m also learned in the ways of theology. However, it wasn’t until recently that I started rethinking sin.

What is sin?

In many, perhaps most of our churches, sin is defined in two ways: first, sin is rebellion against God; second, sin is breaking the moral code, i.e., the Ten Commandments. These two definitions are correct, but incomplete. Ezekiel 16:49-50 reads:

‘Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen.”

IMG_6676Ezekiel is writing not just to his contemporaries, but also to us...

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All In

PokerChips

By Mark Vermilion

I’m not a poker player, but I have friends who are. A while back, my friend Matt asked me to join him and some friends in their regular poker game.

I declined.

They’re serious poker players, and I wasn’t about to be their easy target. But they said they’d make it as “no risk” for me as possible. So, I agreed to join them.

Turned out, it was a lot of fun. After muddling my way through a few hands, I began to get the hang of it, and I held my own the last half of the night.

I found out I’m pretty good at bluffing. Who knew?

The most fun part of the evening was when I got a really good hand, and I decided to do something I’d seen on TV and in movies.

I decided to go all in.

I got to push all my chips to the middle of the table and bet everything on one han...

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