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by Mike Dente - 5 years ago

Stop! Drop! And Listen!: Practical Tools for Effective Communication

The election season is not the best for human relations on social media. As people think through the issues, sometimes they voice opinions like ultimate declarations. Those who agree rally to "like" the comment. Those who don’t, ignore, un-friend or troll the post. That's when I’ve noticed those who are not so open to discussion have inflicted their deadliest verbal wounds. It's a world we help to create one post ...

by Mike Dente - 5 years ago

An Unexpected Blessing for Bible Teachers

Don’t we love what we do? Isn’t there something wildly exciting about teaching the Bible? It’s a spiritual work. Bible teaching is from another dimension because of Who inspired it. In the end, its content will out-last everything in our physical world. Unfortunately though, there are so many competing projects and various levels of urgencies that sometimes that, “jump out of bed joy because I can’t wait to dig in...

by Mike Dente - 5 years ago

The Paradox of Spiritual Sleepiness

There is something within us that knows we need sleep (I rub my red eyes and yawn as I write this), but we seem to be living in a time when sleep evades us. (Now I'm looking for my coffee!) Sometimes it's due to overworking, stress, insomnia, incredibly captivating TV or even social media. There can be other factors too like jet lag or having a newborn baby in a small apartment. It takes time to master the unreaso...

by Mike Dente - 6 years ago

Bullied by Tolerance - When Every Truth but Yours is Allowed

Why do I feel bullied by tolerance? I thought the concept was to allow dialogue between opposing viewpoints, but it seems to me that the definition has changed over time. I looked for concrete proof and found this definition on the UNESCO website: “Respect and tolerance are liberating acts, whereby the differences of others are recognized as the same as our own and whereby the riches of another cul...

by Mike Dente - 6 years ago

Don't Give into the Stronghold of Fear and Uncertainty

If there's one thing I've learned living in a massive city like Paris, it's that distraction is often times an attractive means to hide uncertainty. When we were hit with the terrorist attacks, there was a time of grief and shock, especially as the media constantly reminded us of the horrors of what happened. After the initial shock of the terrorist attacks of November 13th, everyone longed for the day we w...

by Mike Dente - 6 years ago

Why Christians Should Enjoy Life

I'm running to catch my train. It's like a sauna in here - Humid, feverish temperatures attract Subway Mosquitoes, and the smells of Doir perfume mixed with the unique smell of the homeless, permeate the air. It's been a long day, but I've got to keep running. Every second is like someone turning up the heat on a stove. I'm stressed. But I am so looking forward to sitting on that train, that last step before I can...

by Mike Dente - 6 years ago

The Paris Attacks - God at Work in the Aftermath

On the night of Friday, November 13th, Paris was hit by the worst terrorists attacks since World War II. A team of men rented cars in Belgium, drove to Paris and divided up into three groups. One group became suicide bombers outside the Stade de France during the France-Germany soccer match, another attacked a rock concert massacring eighty-nine people (until police intervened), and another drove through the city ...

by Mike Dente - 7 years ago

Importing Missions like a Bottle of Coca-Cola

Over the past few decades there has been much to do over the term “missiology” (the theological study of the church and her mission in the world as well as her interaction with culture). There has been extensive analysis of Western culture that is no longer explicitly Christian, ringing the alarm to awaken and fulfill our calling as Christians in an evolving pluralistic society. This theme has taken m...

by Mike Dente - 7 years ago

The Aftermath of Terrorism in Paris: God's Hope & Your Help

On January 7, 2015, in Paris, France, two brothers, Cherif and Said Kouachi, forced their way into the head offices of the satirical newspaper “Charlie Hebdo” murdering twelve people in a few minutes. They calmly retreated to their car crying they would avenge the ‘prophet,’ firing on anyone who had the misfortune of being in their way. And then they tore through the streets of Paris in a dramatic getaway. ...

by Mike Dente - 7 years ago

Mayor of a One-Horse Town

What is more exhilarating for a pastor than to see the Spirit move in people's lives? This is what we dream of, pray for and preach to see. We have our ideas of what it should look like but sometimes God surprises us. If we're not too rigid in our expectations, we can almost feel a heavenly smile showing us our vision could look better than we imagined. At our last church organizational meeting, I saw...