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Can a Christian Lose Their Salvation? A Pastoral Response


I recently studied the book of Hebrews with a group from my church and had to address the question, “Can a Christian lose their salvation?” Yes, this question opens the proverbial can of worms. But I think it is important to address because this is an evergreen issue that intersects with several absolute truth claims of Christianity: There is a…

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A Christian Pastor Reads the Quran


I am a Christian pastor and I recently read the Quran. Yes, I’m writing to share that I read something. I’m also going to use three times as many words than usual to do so. Why? Because I have no editor or advertisers, so freedom of speech. Anyway, I set out to read it for two primary reasons: 1) General…

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On Heaven, Part Deux


As I watched the snow fall, I thought today would be a good day to expand on my last post on heaven (i.e. new heaven, new earth). Days like this are filled with nostalgia and wonder, and I feel they are the best to write on because my imagination is stirred up. I believe that without imagination heaven can be described…

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On Adam and Eve


This is Part III in a series of posts on the apparent conflict between Genesis and modern science. In Part I, we looked at what’s really causing the friction between faith and science. In Part II, I explained why I think the creation account in Genesis 1 is not making a scientific statement about the age of the universe. Now,…

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On Heaven


One of the most interesting and talked about subjects in American culture is the “afterlife,” specifically heaven. Who goes, who doesn’t, and what is it like? Sadly there are many misunderstandings, outright lies, or shallow ideas about heaven as book after book is pumped out on the subject (there are, however, good books as well). In America, we really seem…

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On Creation in Genesis


I recently wrote a brief post on why Christianity and science aren’t inherently at odds. Now I aim to explain why I think the beginning chapters of the Bible do not oppose (nor support) any particular scientific theory. But since there are so many internet monologues on this topic, and since my reasoning gets technical at times, I have asked famed…

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The Unnecessary War Between Christianity and Science


The 2016 election season was an unfolding spectacle of divisiveness. It probably would’ve been easier (and cheaper) to just take a knife and cut everything in America in half. But one of the less broadcasted duels provoked by the election was between faith and science. Never mind that President-elect Trump waged an “anti-science campaign” against Hillary’s failed “I believe in science” sloganeering. Neither of them…

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Here’s How the Panel on Race/Police/Media Went


This is Part III in a series chronicling the birth of a panel discussion on race/police/media (here is the original post that spawned it, and here is the story of its conception). It started as a 750-word opinion. It turned into much more. On Wednesday, Summit hosted a panel discussion on how the national race/police/media issues are affecting Reno/Sparks. The panel…

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How Shall We Speak?


How should we as believers in Christ talk with one another when we disagree on theology, or politics, or ethics? How do we carry ourselves when communicating with someone who disagrees adamantly about something we feel strongly about? I have a few thoughts and I’m hoping they’re helpful. Speaking to Christians We Disagree With Regardless of our identification, Christian or…

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I Recently Wrote a Post on Race. Here’s How That Turned Into Action.


I recently wrote a short post on why the race conversations are deadlocked, and why Christianity offers a solution. It developed into far more than I anticipated. So here’s the story. In the post, I reasoned that both sides in the race debate are arguing the truth (once you cut out the extremists), and because of this neither side can convince the other…

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