Joe Barnett

Hope

When Roman historian Publius Cornelius Tacitus started recording the history of the first century AD, he wrote, “I am entering upon the history of a period rich in disaster, gloomy with wars, rent with seditions.” He went on to write of the devastation of the era: war, murder, adultery, hate, terror, betrayal. Concerning politicians, he …

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Humility

Be compassionate and humble.                      —1 Peter 3:8 Those who think highly of themselves might be shocked to find that others aren’t all that impressed. No matter how rich and famous they are, the size of the crowd at their funeral will pretty much depend on …

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Independence Day

If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.          —John 8:36 Thomas Paine’s The Age of Reason didn’t—and doesn’t—sit well with Christians. The book hammered institutional religion in general and Christianity in particular. It contended that the miracle stories in the Bible are myths. Paine rejected the divinity of …

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