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The Reverend Stephen Crotts is pastor of Village Presbyterian Church in Charlotte Court House, VA. He is also the director of the Carolina Study Center, Inc., a campus ministry, located in Chapel Hill, NC. Pastor Crotts may be reached at carolinastudycenter@msn.com.

How Forgiven Are We?

How Forgiven Are We?

Psalm 52 in the Bible is a poem of confession. And it makes two vital points. When I hide my sin, God is against me. Or as the poet put…

The Acorns

The Acorns

The Bible teaches “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17)  In keeping with scriptural truth and the traditions of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien’s group at Oxford…

Death By Inconvenience

Death By Inconvenience

58,198,009. That’s the number of children killed by abortion in the U.S. since abortion was first legalized in 1973.  58,198,009. To gain some perspective on that cold, clinical number, consider…

Marriage Matters

Marriage Matters

A popular monthly magazine ran a regular feature piece each month entitled Can This Marriage Be Saved?  Each installment was a litany of relational woes: temper, control, immaturity, lack of…

Incarnation

Incarnation

The alarm went off at 4 a.m. Up, shower, dress, packed, and then scoot to the airport, a hop from Raleigh to New York, then a trans-Atlantic flight to Frankfurt,…

The Stage Is Set

The Stage Is Set

The intertestamental period is not a usual topic of conversation. Generally considered to be from 300 or 400 BC to the birth of Jesus Christ, historians have called it the…

Christmas in Art 

Christmas in Art 

The first painting considered modern art is Goya’s The Executions of May 3, 1814.  It depicts Napoleon’s troops sweeping into Madrid and placing the last resistance fighters before a firing…

Mysteries So Bright

Mysteries So Bright

When one comes to Christmas one comes to mysteries so bright. God become man. The Creator humbling himself before his own creation.  The infinite become finite in flesh, light sleeping.…

An Educated Person

An Educated Person

What is an educated person? I’d like to try to answer that question from the Bible. 1. A learned person can read, and does. The Bible, a Latin word meaning…

Poverty

Poverty

“Will work for food. Hungry vet,” the sign read. “Please help. God bless.” So I pulled over and said, “Hop in. We’re going two miles. My wife will cook a…

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