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    Florida School Shooting: Words You Can Pray Today

    Laura Lacey Johnson, Guest Contributor

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    On Ash Wednesday, a day when many believers worldwide remember their own mortality and wear ashes as an outward sign of inward repentance, a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 people. Nothing is normal during a tragedy. Therefore, as we begin this season of Lent, I pause … MORE

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    Persistent Waiting

    Scott Hamilton, YTI Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling

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    Many of the Bible stories children learn include characters compelled to wait. Abraham waited for his promised son; Joseph waited for his vindication; Moses waited to enter the promised land; Jesus waited to start his ministry. Further, these people often got frustrated while they waited. Let’s be honest; how many folks do you know who … MORE

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    Atheism Doubles Among Generation Z – Here are 7 Facts You Need to Know

    Laura Lacey Johnson, Guest Contributor

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    The percentage of teens who identify as atheist is double that of the general population, according to new research from Barna. These teens are part of Generation Z, the first “post-Christian” generation. To help you understand this generation, here are seven facts you need to know about “Gen Z:” 1 – Who is Generation Z? … MORE

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    Anticipating Christmas

    Scott Hamilton, YTI Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling

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    I spent my formative years living in a rural community, occasionally spending Christmas in my grandparents’ home. In my grandparents’ modest formal living room, gifts sat under the Christmas tree, spreading out and over much of the living room space. My grandmother worked hard to spoil her grandchildren at Christmas. One Christmas at my grandparents’ … MORE

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    Thoughts On the Incarnation of Jesus…

    Bill Fowler, YTI Church Relations, Professor of Biblical Studies

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    God Is Present In Our World Christmas is about God’s presence in our world in a radically new way. The God who had created the universe, and who had personally interacted with our world in amazing ways (recorded in the Hebrew Scriptures), got up close and personal in the incarnation. The Word became flesh and … MORE

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