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Birthday Cakes and Faith

July 2, AD2015 0 Comments
Birthday Cakes and Faith

For her birthday today, I decided to bake my daughter’s favorite – Chess Cake. It’s an old recipe, from a great-aunt who died 30 years ago – in her late 90’s. As with the German recipes left by my mother, God rest her soul, this one is simple. So simple, in fact, that it consists […]

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Gay “Marriage”: Autonomy, Yes! God, No!

July 1, AD2015 30 Comments
Gay “Marriage”: Autonomy, Yes! God, No!

First, a little background. When we look back to our country’s founding, we take pride in the reasons for its formation; a “bad king” and his parliament that exercised their power improperly within the American Colonies. Because of these acts of omission and commission from the isolation of 3,000 miles away from London, anger began to develop. […]

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Dreams and Nightmares, Marriage and Me

July 1, AD2015 3 Comments
Dreams and Nightmares, Marriage and Me

There have been two times in my life when I considered myself at least moderately “popular” in the classically American societal sense. The first was during the 12 years when I was an fairly successful Assemblies of God minister, with a pretty wife and, at least within charismatic Christian circles, for the most part well-liked […]

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Love Is Our Mission: Who Is The Church?

June 29, AD2015 2 Comments
Love Is Our Mission: Who Is The Church?

This column is the ninth in a series of introductory essays on “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive,” the preparatory catechesis for the eighth World Meeting of Families that will take place in Philadelphia September 22-27 with Pope Francis. (Page numbers referenced in parentheses.) The first essay on the first chapter is here. The […]

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My Answers To Questions About Gay “Marriage”

June 24, AD2015 267 Comments
My Answers To Questions About Gay “Marriage”

With regard to gay “marriage”, here is a list of the questions I come across most often, with my brief answers: -1- “Why are you against gay marriage?” It’s not that I am against gay “marriage” per se, it’s that gay “marriage” is an ontological impossibility. It’s like asking why I am against square circles. […]

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My Daily Desire: ‘Be Jesus Today’

June 18, AD2015 1 Comment
My Daily Desire: ‘Be Jesus Today’

A sticky note on the bottom of my computer monitor at work features three simple words, but a powerful command: Be Jesus Today If I have a consistently whispered “mantra,” that’s it. I say it to myself every morning. The note reminds me of my personal desire throughout the workday. At night, as I reflect […]

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Keep Calm and Rely on Sound Doctrine

June 15, AD2015 2 Comments
Keep Calm and Rely on Sound Doctrine

The times, they are a-changin’. It can arguably be said that we are in a moral crisis mode unequalled in history. Certainly, there have been depraved and godless societies before us – even to the extent of the sexual perversion and idolatry of riches (and power) rampant today. But what we haven’t seen in times […]

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A Good Man’s Happy Death

June 13, AD2015 17 Comments
A Good Man’s Happy Death

Just over 2 months ago, my father, Donald Leroy Evans, journeyed into eternity. I wrote elsewhere recently about my own experience with him, bridging chasms we once had, due in large part to my SSA (same sex attraction) struggles and the closeness we later shared in the last number of years since my return to […]

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Remembering Paul Coakley

June 12, AD2015 3 Comments
Remembering Paul Coakley

A friend of mine from college named Paul Coakley recently passed away. His death has had a tremendous impact on my life and in the lives of countless others. I would like to write a tribute to the man and the legacy that he leaves behind. The first notable encounter I had with Paul Coakley […]

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Same-Sex Marriage: An Open Letter to Justice Kennedy

June 11, AD2015 42 Comments
Same-Sex Marriage: An Open Letter to Justice Kennedy

Dear Justice Kennedy: Dr. Paul Kengor, professor of political science, says, “Most people who support same-sex ‘marriage,’ including many gays, do so for benevolent reasons. They believe that it is an issue of ‘equality’ and a new ‘freedom for a group of people.’” They are not haters, nor crazy, and they have no desire to […]

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How to Bury Your Baby After a Miscarriage

June 10, AD2015 12 Comments
How to Bury Your Baby After a Miscarriage

The loss of a child is a nightmare for every parent. In the first few hours and days of grief and shock, it’s hard to know what to do. It’s especially hard when the loss occurs in early pregnancy, since our culture isn’t accustomed to treating unborn babies as human beings — and this happens […]

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For the Love of Being a Man

June 8, AD2015 1 Comment
For the Love of Being a Man

The magazine’s cover model posed provocatively, a deceptively demure smile on his face – or was it her face? – and progressive media outlets gushed over the courage it took for Bruce Jenner to produce the figure we now know as ‘Caitlyn’. But while much of the country loudly praised the aged athlete, a portion of […]

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A Home for the Wounded Heart: Chapter 8 of “Love is Our Mission”

June 1, AD2015 8 Comments
A Home for the Wounded Heart: Chapter 8 of “Love is Our Mission”

This column is the eighth in a series of introductory essays on “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive,” the preparatory catechesis for the eighth World Meeting of Families that will take place in Philadelphia September 22-27 with Pope Francis. The first essay on the first chapter is here. The essay which introduces the second […]

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A Joyful Outing That I Almost Wrecked

May 29, AD2015 0 Comments
A Joyful Outing That I Almost Wrecked

My friends from church had planned a great outing to the park, peddling a four-seat surrey around the lake. However,  the whole thing almost didn’t come off, because of a joke taken the wrong way. Two weeks before my friend, “Angela” (not her real name), texted me, asking if I had received a photo of […]

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Strap on Your Bib, It’s Time for Humble Pie

May 27, AD2015 4 Comments
Strap on Your Bib, It’s Time for Humble Pie

Never say never. That’s what they have always said. And how true it is – both in this world and regarding Eternal Life! If you’re beyond a certain age and have children, you may already have experienced the phenomenon of becoming your parents. As a child, you resented their constraints and swore never to replicate […]

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I Complain, Therefore I Am

May 25, AD2015 30 Comments
I Complain, Therefore I Am

The popular atheist blogger, Hemant Mehta, ponders change with the question, “What happens when atheists are no longer a minority?” He mentions the human need to belong to a group, and the fight for a cause, and then invites answers to that question. Reading a few of the 1,600+ responses will verify the lack of […]

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Beware, These Aren’t Your Parents’ Scouts!

May 21, AD2015 123 Comments
Beware, These Aren’t Your Parents’ Scouts!

This isn’t your parent’s scouting! As if it’s not bad enough that the Girl Scouts of America are in cahoots with abortion giant Planned Parenthood, enter the push within the Boy Scouts of America for openly homosexual leaders. As it is, they already accept openly gay scouts into the fold. But now we have more, deeply troubling developments […]

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