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Circumcision

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~ Just think about it ~ Pretend for a moment that you have just arrived on Earth from a distant planet, and for some reason, the first bit of cultural information that is presented to you by the native inhabitants is the practice of circumcision performed on males, especially on male children.  It is described to you in detail, the cutting, the bleeding, the screaming. You ask those Earthlings who are briefing you, "Why do you do this - is there something wrong with the male penis when they are born?"  They answer, "Nope - nothing wrong with penis's, but we do have some instructions from God that were written down about 3,000 years ago.  It goes like this: Genesis 17:10-14 God said to Abraham, “This is my covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your offspring after you: Every male among you shall be circumcised. You shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and you. Throughout your generations ever

Biblical Slavery

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Have you ever considered what the bible has to say about slavery?  I imagine that most Christians have no idea what the bible says about slavery, and I have found that the Christians who do know what the bible says concerning slavery, are content to ignore it, or attempt to dismiss, minimize, or justify what it says.   An honest Christian would (should) admit that the biblical attitude toward slavery is deplorable, or at least admit that if these passages were in any other Holy book from any other religion, that they would THEN, find these passages deplorable.  I have yet to encounter such an honest Christian. Here are some passages from the Bible (NRSV) that clearly demonstrate the biblical  position on slavery: Genesis 17:12-13 Throughout your generations every male among you shall be circumcised when he is eight days old, including the slave born in your house and the one bought with your money from any foreigner who is not of your offspring. Both the slave born in your house and th

Dr. Greg Hodges - Pastor and President

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  Dr. Greg Hodges is the pastor of a church in the area that I used to call home.  I don't believe I have ever met him - perhaps because we just don't run in the same circles - he is the pastor of a local Independent Baptist Church and I am an atheist (former Christian) - no, we don't run in the same circles.  I actually don't know that I have any contact with anyone who is personally acquainted with him, but I do know someone who has friends who have contact with him, and the impression that I get is that he is well liked by pretty much everyone who knows him.  So, I'm going to go out on a limb and just say that I suspect that I would like him if I were to ever meet him - and yet, I have a problem with him - well, not actually with him, but with the people who have appointed him to be the next president of the local community college.   Now why would I have a problem with that, you ask - well, it's very simple - Pastor Dr. Greg Hodges religious beliefs are in