CT: Left Behind movie mildly entertaining, but not very ‘Christian’

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According to Christianity Today — a publication that is typically supportive of movies that explore Christian themes (think ‘God’s Not Dead’ or ‘Heaven is For Real’) — the new Left Behind movie starring Nicholas Cage leaves a lot behind.

It seems if you are looking for a Sci-Fi Action flick with some run-of-the-mill disaster scenes, then this movie is for you. But if you want to explore one of the possible End Times scenarios from a Biblical perspective in any depth, you’re going to have to look elsewhere.

Praying for a Miracle: Joshua Neagle’s Story – Part 1

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My good friend Joshua Neagle is in a fight for his life. Here is his story.

Joshua was first diagnosed with brain cancer — a malignant tumor — in 2010 at the age of 25. He endured multiple surgeries and treatments over the past several years, including several rounds of chemotherapy and two rounds of radiation, making frequent trips to Boston for care. It seemed like whenever they removed the tumor, or shrunk it in size, it would slowly come back.

6,000 lives impacted by 2014 ‘Day of Hope’ in Bangor

Pastor Bobby Bledsoe (red shirt) interacts with the crowd

The local organizers of Bangor’s first ever ‘Day of Hope’ were pleasantly surprised at the turnout this past Saturday on the Bangor Waterfront. It’s safe to say most volunteers were not expecting so many ‘guests of honor’ to be lined up outside the event’s entrance by 9 AM. But the rain held off, and by day’s end everyone involved was simply thankful to have played a small part in the event’s success.

Imago Dei Church – multi-generational, missional, and Anglican – moves into Bangor’s historic ‘Brick’ church

Imago Dei moves into Bangor's historic Brick Church

Imago Dei Anglican Church has moved from their meeting location at the Kenneth Anderson Community House in Orono to Bangor’s historic ‘Brick’ church located at the corner of Union and Main Street. The first service at this new location is this Sunday, September 7th at 10:00 AM.

I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know some of the men and women that attend and serve at Imago Dei these last few weeks and months, and I am excited for the new spiritual life that they will undoubtedly usher back into this aging landmark.

‘Day of Hope’ coming to Bangor Waterfront September 20th

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Convoy of Hope, a non-profit organization out of Missouri, has partnered with organizations and local churches in the Bangor area to offer a ‘Day of Hope’ on the Bangor Waterfront Saturday, September 20th.

The purpose of this event is to simply serve those in need in our area by way of free medical and dental screenings, haircuts, grocery distribution, a hot food area, fun for the kids (Kid’s Zone with bounce houses, etc), clothing items, and much more.

Jesus in The Beatitudes, and the tension of today’s Christian

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Biblical justice seeks righteousness, often times at the expense of what we determine is fair in a democratic society governed by man. Only through God’s mercy are we justified and made righteous before Him.

Contrarily, democratic justice seeks fairness, often times at the expense of the Biblical righteousness God commands of us. Only through man-made laws are we able to live ‘justly’ with one another.

Why I don’t watch ‘Game of Thrones’

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Another season of ‘Game of Thrones’ has come and gone, and it seems to be as wildly popular as ever. From the comments in my social media feeds, it is clearly evident people from all values streams are unabashed fans of the show.

While I’m not going to spend time in this post ‘judging’ the people that do watch it, whether they are Christian or not, I will refer to an article from a Christian organization that does a good job illustrating why my wife and I steer clear of the show.

Responding to my pro-abortion critics, and offering a better way

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I suppose I expected that offering alternatives to a specific Bangor area abortion provider would result in some flack. However, as I read the letters printed in the BDN in response to my online-only blog post ‘Things to consider before visiting a Bangor abortion clinic’ from May 4th, I could not help but think how they were actually making my point for me. The point of course being that clinics like the Mabel Wadsworth Center push abortion ahead of all other choices available to women.

The proof for this claim is in the words of these 2 respondents.

The key to Bruce Poliquin’s primary victory [that no one is talking about]

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The most prominent race in Tuesday’s primary election was in the bid to secure the GOP nomination for Maine CD2 – the seat Mike Michaud is vacating in his run for Governor.

How did Bruce Poliquin pull off such a decisive 12 point victory in a race where the presumed favorite of party faithful was Kevin Raye?

Well, there was one key to victory that no one else is really talking about.

Voting Pro-Life in Tuesday’s Primary Election

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I don’t often get political on ‘Counter Culture’, but when I do it’s typically to speak up for the unborn. In fact, there’s probably not a stance more counter to today’s culture than to defend life in the public square.

The most prominent race in Tuesday’s primary election is in the bid to fill Mike Michaud’s Congressional seat that he’s vacating in his run for Governor. As a point of information, there’s one Pro-Life candidate on the Republican side — Bruce Poliquin.

Interestingly, Troy Jackson on the Democrat side also describes himself as ‘broadly pro-life’. His voting record on life is much stronger than we typically get from a democrat, and even more so than Poliqiun’s pro-abortion opponent, Kevin Raye.