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The Normalization of Porn in the Church: what the Church Needs to do Now

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By Dave White, Men’s Ministry Coordinator, Philadelphia and Nicholas Black, Education and Resources Director Today, the church is facing a major crisis and there are few alarms going off.  It is a silent… Continue reading

Red light photo enforcement: Is this Your Image of God?

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I just bought a GPS with a great new feature: it warns me when I’m approaching a traffic light equipped with a camera. The beloved Philadelphia Parking Authority just installed one close to… Continue reading

The Darkness of Sexual Sin Compared to the Light of Grace: Reflections on Isaiah 50:10-11

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Do you like being in the dark? I’ve never met a child who wasn’t afraid of darkness. In the Bible, it is often connected directly with evil spiritual forces. It always has a… Continue reading

“Knowing Him” gives the power to obey his commands

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When people are laboring under the guilt of their sin, they tend to only “hear” Scripture through that filter. So, many come away from their time reading the Bible feeling condemned, not encouraged.… Continue reading

“Strength sapped as in the heat of summer”: Reflections on Psalm 32

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I’m glad summer’s over and not just because my girls are headed back to school. I’m done with the heat. One of my friends is sick of Philly summers. He’s heading back home… Continue reading

Sexual Sin Emasculates

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Our culture teaches us that the strength of our masculinity is directly connected to our sexual activity. It celebrates sexual conquest, mocking monogamy in marriage and chastity in singleness. We are told “real”… Continue reading

Facing Our Shame over Sexual Sin

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Along with the sense of guilt, long-term sinful habits or hidden desires, create a deep sense of shame. Shame is what happens when we begin to identify directly with our sin. When we… Continue reading

Reckoning with our guilt over sexual sin

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Do you know the experience of guilt? Sometimes it is acute, a stabbing pain in your gut. At other times, it is a dull, gnawing in your soul – a vague feeling of… Continue reading

The Fallout of Sexual Sin: What is it costing you?

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The following is an adapted excerpt from our forthcoming men’s curriculum “Out of the Wasteland,” published by New Growth Press. We anticipate publication in late summer 2012. The Fallout of Sexual Sin: What… Continue reading

Finding Your True Self?

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In a recent NY Times opinion piece, In Search of the True Self, Joshua Knobe, an associate professor of Cognitive Science and Philosophy at YaleUniversity, discusses his recent study on our quest to… Continue reading