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The Bible and Immigrants

A friend sent me a link to an online article that proposed to instruct us as to how we as “Christians should treat immigrants, refugees and those in need of help.” The author of the article, Jesse Carey, referred to immigration as a “politically polarizing” issue for Americans, and admitted that the “issue of immigration reform is nuanced, and policies are often legislatively complex.” He then cherry-picked a dozen passages of Scripture that I’m sure he believed proved his point…

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Body Piercing and the People of God

Copyright © 1999, 2016 by Larry G. Overton Several days ago, I revised an old article about tattoos and published it here on my website. Even as I was re-writing the 17-year-old article, I thought about this related topic of body piercing, and an article I wrote about that, also 17 years ago. I decided to revise, update and publish it as well. What occasioned the article all those years ago was a chance meeting with Steve, an old friend.…

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Tattoos and the People of God

Copyright © 1999, 2016 by Larry G. Overton “It is quite popular these days to have a tattoo. It is not unusual even for people professing faith in Christ to have tattoos.” I first wrote those words 17 years ago, in an article that served as a “fact sheet” posted on a previous incarnation of my website. And though that statement was true enough back then, still, getting a tattoo was less common in Christian circles, and quite a few…

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The Need and A Call

Missionaries are dedicated people with a rock-solid faith, a calling and convictions that compel them to go to the lost in foreign lands. Many of them have difficulty wrapping their minds around the fact that more of God’s people don’t “Go.” To many missionaries, their focus is on a command, not a calling. When they adamantly admonish people in sermons to heed the call and go, they are sometimes challenged with the axiom that the need of a lost population,…

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The Sixth Commandment versus Abortion

Glenn Holland, a friend and brother in the Lord, posted to his Facebook wall after the last presidential debate. Regarding Hillary Clinton, he observed, and I quote, “So we had a presidential candidate unashamedly and proudly defend the unconscionable practice of unrestricted late term abortion all the way up to the point of birth.” Glenn and others have addressed the issue of abortion according to Biblical principles and commands, as well they should. More specifically, they apply the sixth commandment…

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