In 1995, Glafira Rosales confidently strolled into the prestigious Knoedler Gallery in New York with a painting by abstract expressionist Mark Rothko valued at several million dollars. In addition to…
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Augustine of Hippo, better known as St. Augustine, wasn’t always a “saint.” In fact, in one of his most famous books, Confessions, the ancient church father bared his soul and outlined his many sinful thoughts, words, and deeds.
One story shows that the world famous theologian was once nothing more than a common thief.
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“Hurt. Devastated. Crushed.” Those aren’t the typical emotions most newlyweds would use to describe their wedding day. But that’s exactly how Charles and Te’Andrea Wilson feel when they look back on their big day.
Sadly, it was a group of “Christians” who were responsible for their pain.
Hank was distraught. His wife had gone shopping the day before and hadn’t returned. The only thing he could think to do was report the situation to the sheriff’s department. When he walked into the headquarters, he was directed to Deputy Jones. “Hey, bro, my wife has gone missing. Can you help?”
Four pastors were in the habit of meeting together to discuss their beliefs, doctrine, and overall theology. For whatever reason, it was always three pastors in agreement against the fourth. One morning, after the usual 3-to-1 “majority rules” discussion, the odd pastor out decided he would appeal to a higher authority.
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Nobody had a house like Annie and Lee Gleason. Nobody. It wasn’t fancy, or big – just a simple wooden structure that sat underneath a stand of pines in East Texas during the Great Depression. But it was completely unique; no one had a house like it.
But nobody would want one like theirs, either.
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All of us look at our world and wish a few things didn’t exist. For example, most sane people agree there should be no hunger or war. We’d love to live in a world without cancer. But our world contains the things many of us do not like.
Even atheist Thomas Nagel wishes the world didn’t contain something, or Someone….
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The first church that Fred Craddock served as pastor was a tiny, rural one near Oak Ridge, TN. During his tenure, the community exploded with laborers brought in to work at the newly developed nuclear plants. The young pastor wanted to attract the workers to his church; there was just one problem.
The church didn’t want them. At all.
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When Jon Smalldridge went to bed on Saturday night, October 25, 2003, he was aware of the wildfires burning 15 miles away in San Diego. However, he wasn’t aware the fires could spread so quickly. When the flames and smoke woke him just a few hours later, he knew he had to move quickly to survive.
Sadly, many others didn’t quite see the urgency.