Into “The Green Inferno”: “Torture Porn” and the Sanctity of Human Life

It seems that Roth has caught his stride in the "torture porn" world. As our culture becomes further and further desensitized to nearly anything and everything, Roth is unafraid to push further and further to achieve that "shock factor."

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Keep the X in Xmas!

Tony Reinke

It’s been said “Xmas” is a seasonally attempt by subversive secularists to kick Christ out of Christmas. I don’t doubt that is the intent of some folks. But the reality is the Greek spelling of the name Christ starts with an X (Χριστός).

In fact, the early Church often referred to Christ simply by his first Greek initial (X), or more commonly by overlapping his first two initials (XP). The simple cross (X) of course carried double meaning for those early Christians, and for us today.

So in that sense there’s not only a Christ in Xmas but also a Calvary. Far from a secularist attack, “Xmas” reminds us of Christ, his birth, and his cross, all at once.

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You Don’t Have to be “Radical” to Serve Jesus

Lonely TreeIn our most intentional efforts to serve and live for God, we can sometimes create expectations of ourselves that are hard to live up to.

It seems to be all the rage within younger generations of Christians to be “radical,” and “outrageous.” There is push to make kids somehow buy into the fact that they must look down on living a “normal” life in order to really serve God.

Now don’t get me wrong, the message of the cross is indeed a “radical” message in one sense. And we are called to live holy, separate lives from the world around us; this is certainly “radical.”

What I am targeting are the labels we like to stick onto our faith in order to make ourselves believe we are serving God’s mission more faithfully. “Missional” and “radical” are just a few of those labels made popular recently and, if we’re not careful…

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