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by Lance Ralston - 6 months ago

Hate Always Bows to Love

At the end of one of the episodes of the TV miniseries, Band of Brothers, as Easy Company was marching into the Ardennes Forest, for what turned out to be "The Battle of the Bulge," the soldiers passing warned Easy that they were about to be surrounded by the enemy. Easy Company’s CO, Captain Winters, replied, “We’re Airborne. We’re supposed to be surrounded.” The next month in the dead of win...

by Lance Ralston - 7 months ago

The Gospel Comes to Ireland

The rope was so tight round sixteen-year-old Patricius’ wrists they’d bitten into the flesh. He no longer felt the sting of the saltwater from the wind-tossed waves splashing over the side of the boat headed back to the home of his Irish captors. They’d nabbed him during a raid on the west coast of Britain where he lived with his Romano-British noble family. Patrick recounts little of his six years as a sl...

by Lance Ralston - 7 months ago

Are We Drifting Backward?

This is painful. I’m about to share something personal. It’s a lesson I learned years ago. I share it because it illustrates what I believe to be a crucial truth. It seems many mature believers “get stuck” at some point in their walk. They’ve made good progress, then stall. They may stay there for months, sometimes for years. As many Christians know—If you’re not making progress, you’re inevitably sl...

by Lance Ralston - 8 months ago

The Legend & Lesson of St. Valentine

Roses are red. Violets are blue.Stuff about Valentine, We wish we knew. All we can say for sure is that there was indeed a pastor named Valentine who became a martyr around AD 270. Beyond that, it’s legend and conjecture. But where facts are thin, people feel free to provide their own. That seems to be the case with Valentine and the day associated with him. The Legend ...

by Lance Ralston - 10 months ago

Why I'm Called to Serve My City

I decided to run for a seat on the Oxnard City Council in the recent midterm elections, after it became clear that was what God’s Spirit was telling me to do. I have to admit, it’s not what I wanted, and it took a while to comply. The nudge to run began a couple of years ago with a mild awareness it was something I needed to pray about. I didn’t. And I didn’t because I was concerned God would tell me to run. The s...

by Lance Ralston - 1 year ago

What Has Changed: The Convenient Contradiction of Modern Society

"A rash of school shootings" has people scratching their heads wondering why. Many locate the problem primarily in America’s love of guns. Each new campus tragedy becomes a rallying point in the call for gun control legislation. Gun owners and Second Amendment adv...

by Lance Ralston - 1 year ago

When Everything Falls Into Disorder

While Evangelical Progressives applaud recent cultural changes, those of the Conservative branch are concerned as traditional values are thrown over in favor of the Moral Revolution. What they need to remember is that this is the way it’s been since the beginning. In Genesis 2:17, God warned Adam and Eve if they ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, they would die. As warned, when Adam ate, de...

by Lance Ralston - 1 year ago

The Success of Succession: When Church Leaders Are Pressed to Compromise

When Protestants broke with Rome in the 15th Century, Rome countered the Protestant departure with a claim to Apostolic succession: "Look," they said, "Our leaders go all the way back to the original Apostles in an unbroken line of succession. Today's Pope is the spiritual successor of Christ Himself. He appointed Peter, whose role as Bishop of Rome flows right down to today in an unbroken line of spiritual author...

by Lance Ralston - 1 year ago

Why I Need to Discern My Thought Life

In Deuteronomy 1, Moses spoke to a new generation about to enter the Promised Land. He gave them both a history lesson and reminded them of the terms of their covenant with God. He wanted to make sure they didn't repeat the error of their parents, who 38 years before failed to enter the land out of fear of the Canaanites. That fear was wholly unreasonable in light of all they'd seen over the previous year a...

by Lance Ralston - 1 year ago

The Church, the Culture and Corinth: Facing the Lack of Dignity in the 21st Century

The world is again in the grip of yet another realization that it's ways are bankrupt. The sexual revolution of the 60s has born more bitter fruit in the ever-growing sexual harassment scandals rocking one industry and institution after another. Like falling dominoes, leaders, athletes and celebrities face career-ending accusations. In the midst of scandal, the Gospel offers an attractive option. ...