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  •         A Barna poll of a few years ago confirms statements by Dave Shiflett in the Wall Street Journal; claiming many Christians no longer feel compelled to convert heathens (or unbelievers) – primarily because they aren’t sure there are any.  (And that trend certainly hasn’t…
    April 19, 2019
  •        So says Jesus concerning the Holy Spirit’s role of revelation in and through the Word.  Yet the world continues to echo Pilate’s question, “What is truth?”  John 18:38  An article appearing in Time magazine titled, “The Lost Gospels”, addressed…
    April 12, 2019
  •         In continuing last week’s discussion as to whether violence is inherent in monotheism – or the belief in a single, supreme god – we must admit that a number of religious inspired actions, past and present, have been perverse and grotesque.  The question being:…
    March 29, 2019
  •         In responding to authors like Mark Juergensmeyer, Regina Schwartz and Sam Harris, atheists who believe virtually every religion tends to violence as a result of their single-minded insistence on ultimate truth – and their possession of it – Paul Copan writes that that claim…
    March 22, 2019
  •         What exactly does being filled with the Spirit mean?  And what evidence is there that we are?  Will we have “supernatural” power, or just behave differently – even act oddly?  There are any number of ideas concerning the consequences of a Spirit-filled…
    March 15, 2019
  •         Envy was considered so prevalent among the inhabitants of the world – as well as the church – that it was included in a list of purportedly seven “deadly” sins, second only to pride1.  (Maybe because they would seem to be so closely related.)       …
    March 8, 2019
  •         Financial “corrections” of the stock markets and the subsequent volatility of the economy occur periodically.  Trade agreements, government policy, corporate practices and union benefits packages all coming under fire during these times of instability, and in truth,…
    March 1, 2019
  •         Abdul Hakim-Shabazz is a guest columnist for the Indy Star newspaper1.  Not a conservative as some would define it, he none-the-less voices rather conservative opinions concerning a number of issues.  One being the near hysterics of some in the MeToo movement over the holiday…
    February 22, 2019
  •        Charges of intolerance and prejudice are being made against Christians quite frequently these days.  What do they mean and, more importantly, are we?  Prejudice is defined as a dislike or distrust of people solely based on their being of another race, religion, or country. …
    February 15, 2019
  •          Defining the doctrine of the Trinity is difficult, principally because as human beings we have little to compare this concept to.  I used to think the 3 in 1 ideal might refer to multiple personalities, manifestations or expressions of God.  (Similar to the different names…
    February 8, 2019
  •        I may indeed be reaching back a ways here, but as the incident I’m about to cite is so representative of so many issues yet today, I ask for your indulgence and understanding; as the “clothing malfunction” involving Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake during their Super…
    February 1, 2019
  •          In this day of respect for diversity and tolerance of all people and beliefs, we have created fertile ground for the resurgence of paganism; usually defined as a faith pre-dating Christianity.  The popularity of mediums and witchcraft, coupled with renewed interest in…
    January 25, 2019
  •          Paul wrote his letter to the Philippians, including the “poem” in chapter 2:6-11 – a masterpiece of compressed biblical theology that in all probability pre-dates his letter – less than 30 years after Jesus’ execution; somewhere in the mid-50’s…
    January 18, 2019
  •           Last week we looked at a number of people who seemed to have little to recommend them for greatness who none-the-less were used by God to accomplish extraordinary things.  We ended up with David, a man of great success and failure, who was repeatedly redeemed…
    January 11, 2019
  •          Even though God demands perfection (Mat. 5:48), he recognizes our human frailty and limitations; helping us, reclaiming us, redeeming us for good.  The concept of redemption literally meaning to get back, as in the reclaiming of an item by paying off a debt; with an inference…
    January 4, 2019

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Fred Price - married (45 years), father of two grown children, grandfather of six.

Attends First Christian Church in Brazil, Indiana, having served as a Deacon and Discipleship Leader for youth. 

Factory worker with a heart for young people and the challenges they face today, thus his participation in his church and this column.

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