Christian Music—Who Says It Has To Be “Traditional”?

By: Rev. David Wilson Rogers In the last 40 years the church has waged a worship war with itself. Buzzwords such as “Contemporary” or “Traditional” have served to polarize and define worshiping communities in powerful and destructive ways. Adding to the religious tension within the church are judgmental accusations of authenticity based on preaching styles, musical focus, and theological perspective. It is hardly the way of Christ! The problem is understandable. Music matters. There is no denying the fact that one form of music can inspire some while nauseating others.…

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Rise Above the Tweet

By: Rev. David Wilson Rogers The challenge is tremendous and the cycle is overpowering. President Trump fires off a Tweet, and the media pounces on those 140 characters with a feeding frenzy of convoluted controversy. Social media gets involved and opinions fly faster than the frenzied flight of water fowl after a gun goes off. Some celebrate … some retaliate. Some cry foul and some sing out with praise. Some pray, some yell, some post, some fret, and some celebrate. Then, amid the frenzied fanaticism, fingers of blame are pointed,…

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Rethinking Peace

By: Rev. David Wilson Rogers Many years ago, a researcher placed some insects in an environment that was gradually made toxic. The transition took quite some time but, as one may predict, the insects in this increasingly toxic living space gradually became sluggish, sickly, and were clearly not healthy. Yet, they functioned reasonably well considering the high levels of toxicity to which they were exposed. What was interesting about this experiment was that as new, and otherwise very healthy, insects were introduced to the environment, the sudden shock of the…

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Former ENMU Student Recounts a Propel Into Faith

By: Patricia Duran Deanna Kincheloe grew up in a Christian household doing Christian things. She attended a private Christian school, went to Sunday school and church every week, went to high school Bible studies, and attended youth conferences every summer. “For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a Christian,” said Kincheloe. However, at times, her faith was tested, estranged, and lacking as everyone’s might be. Knowing a thing or two about how popular culture and media portrays college students, most would assume college students forget or leave their…

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To Kneel Or To Stand: What’s the Real Issue?

By: Rev. David Wilson Rogers Some took a knee, some stood. Some placed their hands over their hearts and some stayed in the locker room. Some cheered and some jeered. Some called it a triumph for free speech while others called it a disgrace to the flag. Some say the military stands for such diversity and others considered the statements to be an insult to the military. Amid all the back-and-forth bantering, posturing, proclaiming, and insulting, Christ calls for a better approach. Aside from being dangerously idolatrous—Christians worship God, not…

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The Law of Compensation

By: Joseph Douglas Rich   In life, we are each responsible for gaining a well-rounded education. A well-rounded education includes being aware of and using certain laws that transcend (rise above) the laws of our countries and man. These laws will always guide us, to do what is right for everyone involved. They are “universal laws” because they apply to all people throughout the world. Today, I would like to share with you a law that will make you, not only a happy person but also a prosperous person regardless…

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The Law and Punishment

By: Rev. David Wilson Rogers The case was a simple open-and-shut decision. “Guilty as charged!” There was no escaping the reality that the law had been broken and, quite understandably, the people wanted justice. In response, Jesus wrote in the dirt. What Jesus wrote will never be known. The Bible does not say. Yet, by saying little and writing some unknown statement in the soil, Jesus spoke volumes! The law was very clear in both its pronouncement and punishment. Leviticus 20:10 and Deuteronomy 22:22 were very clear. She was not…

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Taking the Bible Seriously not Literally

By: Rev. David Wilson Rogers The Bible is understandably one of the most influential books in the history of humanity. Regardless of one’s own personal religious beliefs, there is no escaping the fact that our culture, history, nation, and overall way of life has been influenced by the way that sacred book is read and interpreted. Yet, for such a profoundly influential book, it is also striking how poorly the overall contents of this ancient text are really understood. The Bible is not a nice, clean, and perfect little manuscript…

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Protecting the Resident Alien

By: Rev. David Wilson Rogers Within hours of the announcement, many leaders in the Church and students across college campuses erupted in a compassionate resistance to the inhumanity and incredulity of the decree—and for good reason. The actions of President Trump regarding the so-called “Dreamers” and immigration law is a sinful violation of Christianity and humanity. Statements from church denominations including the Roman Catholic Church, the United Methodist Church, the Quakers, the Evangelical Lutheran Church, and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) were among the first to strongly denounce the action…

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Focus on Christ, ENMU

By: Rev. David Wilson Rogers Consider a small thought experiment. Wherever you are right now, take a few moments—say 20 seconds or so—and look around where you are. While you are looking, take notice of everything in sight that is blue. Go ahead, try it now and return to this article after you are done. Now, name everything you saw that was red, green, or yellow. This simple thought experiment has great implications for religious Christian faith and its connection with the believer’s relationship with God. One’s focus absolutely determines how…

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