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by Mike Dente - 3 years ago

Love and the New Humanism

There is a bridge in Paris that joins the Louvre on the right bank of the Seine River with the Academy of Les Beaux Arts on the left. It’s a walking bridge with wooden planks as flooring, a few scattered benches and a handrail to lean on and admire the cityscape painted before your eyes. It’s known as the “pont des arts” but it used to be called by locals as the “pont des amoureux” or the lovers’ bridge. Couples w...

by Mike Dente - 3 years ago

Lessons from History: How to Avoid Christian Self-Promotion

International relations. What a mess. What a picture of unregenerate human relations on a diplomatic scale. And yet nations have gone to great lengths to keep the peace with sometimes honorable results. We celebrate national holidays, remembering those who died in wars. Wars, which are often the result of failed international policies and the cycle goes on. Then there are those attempts at diplomacy like the one t...

by Mike Dente - 3 years ago

The Necessity of Applying the Gospel to My Own Heart

I’ve spent most of my adult life in the city. I like the feel of concrete under my shoes, the convenience of functioning public transportation and rubbing shoulders with people from all walks of life. Several years ago, my family needed to move. To be exact, our proprietor sold our apartment, and we ended up in the far reaches of the Paris metropolitan area, the Ile-de-France. There have been many adjustments, but...

by Mike Dente - 3 years ago

Women Called by God: Helen Roseveare

Missionaries are sometimes called a rare breed. They leave home, integrate into a foreign culture and bring a foreign concept (the Gospel) to people who don’t know they need it. Indeed this isn’t normal living. Yet their lives are filled with the victories and disappointments we all share as Christians. Some face extreme hardship, and by their lives, encourage us all into a deeper walk with the Lord. One...

by Mike Dente - 3 years ago

Evangelism for the Introvert

It’s safe to say that evangelism is on the Lord’s heart. When we pray, "May your kingdom come," I believe the Lord wants to impress it on our hearts. Yet in practice, it’s not always easy, especially for those of us who have trouble talking to people they don’t...

by Mike Dente - 3 years ago

An Act of Giving One’s Life: Honoring Lieutenant Colonel Arnaud Beltrame

It's not often that we hear stories of heroism on the evening news. More often we have to wait until after the program and turn on a movie. Last week in France we witnessed one of those rare moments; a man gave his life to save someone in danger of losing theirs. His name was Lieutenant Colonel Arnaud Beltrame, a highly decorated officer, and as more information became available, we discovered he was also a Christ...

by Mike Dente - 3 years ago

Women Called by God: Madeleine Barot from the WWII French Resistance

The Righteous Among the Nations is an honorary title given by the State of Israel that signifies those non-Jews who risked life, position and family to save Jewish people from the Nazis. Poland, The Netherlands and France are nations with the most names on the list, each country counting over 4,000 people responsible for saving lives. The Righteous includes dignitaries, clergy, school teachers and mostly private c...

by Mike Dente - 3 years ago

Experiencing an Insurrection of Kindness in Your Ministry

Even though I know it comes every year, I find that winter sneaks up on me. Often it’s the holiday season that distracts me. Life is busy, and so I grab a sweater before I’m off. Inevitably the day will come when I’ll step outside, and my heaviest winter clothing just isn’t enough. I’ve got to pull out my winter coat because the wind cuts through my clothing, and the chill clings to my bones. Days like that inspir...

by Mike Dente - 4 years ago

Lessons on Compromise and Concession from Gibraltar

Wars have been fought for almost every reason: land, resources, honor, greed, politics, religion...They are costly in human lives and for local economies. At times, the best the victors can hope to gain is a stronghold, a place to anchor down, to set up base and to continue their operations. For some winning a stronghold is worth the fight. If they win the battle, perhaps a greater gain not yet vi...

by Mike Dente - 4 years ago

Celebrating 500 Years Since the Reformation: l'affaire des Placards

Does God work in patterns? If He works miraculously in one area, does that mean He will do the same thing in another? Sometimes we hear of a person who has done extraordinary things for the Lord. Inspired, it’s natural to wish we’d been there or look for a way of replicating their work. We can't go back in time; we can't go around imitating other people's achievements, but we can celebrate what happened. ...