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  • The recent fiasco involving Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake concluding their Super Bowl performance raises a number of issues; not the least of which is the hypocrisy of some who are protesting Janet's clothing "malfunction." I was surprised and upset by what happened but wonder how much would have been made…
    February 20, 2004
  • Have you ever wondered how some holidays got their start? All of them intend to be a reminder of something or someone, to commemorate a day that a significant thing happened or the person who did it. Some are obvious; Christmas, Easter, July 4th. Some are not. Others we view in a light not at first intended; one…
    February 13, 2004
  • This follow-up article is not meant to scold but to encourage; which is in part the function of church. (I Thess. 4:18) We have been commissioned by Christ to make disciples, baptizing them into the community of believers his church and teaching them to obey his commands. (Matt. 28:19,20) The first Christian…
    February 6, 2004
  • A recent Barna poll confirms statements by Dave Shiflett in the Wall Street Journal; claiming many Christians no longer feel compelled to convert heathens primarily because they aren't sure there are any. They apparently have bought into the idea that every religion is equally valid; embracing the modern dictates…
    January 30, 2004
  • Stirring words, exciting strong emotions, inciting us to action. But what kind of action? Can we force people to believe? How can we effectively encourage people to believe? Do images of soldiers and Christians seem contradictory? I suppose that might depend on your definition of a soldier; one of which…
    January 23, 2004
  • 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 Time magazine's article, "The Lost Gospels", addresses this on-going search for truth in surprisingly balanced fashion, citing mankind's desire…
    January 16, 2004
  • Jonah, called by God to preach to the Ninevites; gentiles considered unclean, unsaved and ignorant. He didn't want to. Travel was inconvenient; he would have to leave his home, family, job and friends. All this for people he disrespected, disliked, even hated. He went elsewhere and made himself unavailable.…
    January 9, 2004
  • Some view statements like this as unnecessarily alarmist while others greet it with a yawn. Rabbi Prager admits that, "Such moments are extremely rare in history. And when they have occurred, they have been between two, not three, competing ideologies." Yet he believes there are now indeed three competing ideologies…
    January 2, 2004
  • The best-selling novel, The DaVinci Code, purports to reveal hidden information regarding Jesus Christ and the early church's development within its story-line; adding fuel to the debate concerning the role of women in the church then and now. It repeats allegations that have circulated for centuries; that Mary…
    December 26, 2003
  • Don't you just love this time of year? The family get-togethers, exchanging gifts, playing in the snow and caroling. Even the works of charity in the food and gift drives for the less fortunate make us feel better for those we've provided for and about ourselves as we feel a warm glow of accomplishment and satisfaction!…
    December 19, 2003
  • Have you ever considered the practical applications of your faith? Many think religion is superfluous excessive, burdensome, un-needed; impractical to everyday living. Others see it as mystical, beyond our grasp interesting yet unattainable. The Bible's authors expended much time and effort to reveal how practical…
    December 12, 2003
  • The words intolerance and prejudice are being used quite frequently these days! What do they mean and are we? More importantly, what does the Bible have to say concerning this? Prejudice defined is: a dislike or distrust of people solely based on their being of another race, religion, or country. An opinion formed…
    December 5, 2003
  • The recent uproar over Florida Governor Jeb Bush's rescue of Terri Schiavo from starvation has once again spot-lighted America's shifting morals concerning the value of life. Mrs. Schiavo is severely handicapped as a result of illness which first struck her twelve years ago; but she did not die nor is she in…
    November 28, 2003
  • At this time of year when we are encouraged to take stock of our blessings and to share our bounty, love and thankfulness like no other - who should we give thanks to? Our parents, for raising us well, for doing their best? Our families and friends for sticking by us and putting up with us through good and bad…
    November 21, 2003
  • The seriousness of this attempt and the effort needed to achieve it is indicated by several scriptures. "Those who belong to Jesus Christ have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires." Gal. 5:24 "I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me." Gal. 2:20 "For…
    November 14, 2003

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Meet the Author

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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