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    2 Thessalonians

    1.  From the beginning, there have been people teaching all sorts of doctrines about the second coming and the time of the end. Yes, there were and are false teachers but most of the confusion is either jumping to conclusions about certain signs or overly excited imaginations or just different readings of Scripture. Why else would we have pre/post/a millennial and pre/post tribulation interpretations of end times. No one knows for sure but everyone has an opinion or a feeling. That was true for the church at Thessalonika. There were people teaching that the only explanation for their suffering and hardship was the end times had begun. Others were teaching…

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    Fred, It’s Jeff Bezos. Got A Minute?

    The phone rang this morning,  and I saw a number I did not recognize. “Fred, it’s Jeff Bezos. Got a minute?”  “Jeff, good to hear from you. I’ve been wondering about what you are thinking in buying the Washington Post. I heard George Will say it was probably an intellectual challenge. Others have said this is what rich people do. Something like your own ‘Jurassic Park’ except you buy dinosaurs instead of creating them. Everyone down here is talking about it.”  “I know, and I’m a little surprised myself. I thought I was just another bidder for buying lunch with Warren Buffett but it went another way. So, I’m on my way…

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    The Role and Life of A Teacher

    1.  Paul writes at a time when the whole age was suffering from “the failure of nerve.” Men were longing for some defense against the “advancing chaos of the world.” We want to use Christ as they used religion as a means of making our world a better or safer place. We want to find something that will calm the volatility and uncertainty. In times of instability, then and now, people attach themselves to easy answers, sure things, strong leaders, institutions that promise security, heresies, novelties, cults, movements, extreme beliefs or no beliefs at all. This was the world the church was in when Paul is writing. People were unsure…

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    Less Philanthropy and More Charity

    For some time now I have been wondering if philanthropy is one of those words that has either lost its traditional definition (love of mankind) or never should have been used to describe giving in the first place. In fact, I wonder if our use of “love of mankind” actually is possible or even desirable. Yes, there are numerous examples where giving springs from sincere feelings about the poor or a genuine desire to alleviate suffering spread the Gospel deliver health care ” rescue young girls and boys from the bondage of trafficking and restore dignity to people. No doubt these are good things – but are they really philanthropy?…

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    Guest Blogger Bill Hendricks: What My Cat Has Taught Me About Philanthropy

    Lickity’s name. After she arrived” ” we always wondered why the tip of her tail was perennially wet. We never could figure it out. Then one day I found her curled up on my daughter’s bed—and I heard a sucking sound. Yes” ” the kitten was sucking her tail! Just like a baby sucks its thumb. Great! Turns out the kitten had/has abandonment issues” so the vet said. Sucking her tail is her way of comforting calming and reassuring herself. For that reason ” we named her Lickity-Split (she’s also very fast). For 12 years I have observed this odd licking behavior. My theological conclusion: to every creature God has…

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    Billy Graham

    It’s not often I ask someone to pray for me before going into a museum or library. But this past week I did ask that of my brother-in-law because going into the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte N.C. was a test of my skeptical nature. Growing up in the middle of the post-WWII evangelical culture, I was exposed to some of the giants of that era: Bill Bright, Elton Trueblood, Billy Graham, Ray Stedman, and others. They were men and women of great faith and vision living in a time of extraordinary expansion of the parachurch movement, seminaries, megachurches, and global ministries. Sadly, many of us carried along in that stream were all…