They will know us by our love for one another

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By Chris Quimby (Guest Contributor)

My conclusion from observing social networking posts from professing Christians (including myself), sharing the company of other believers, and reading online blogs from those that desire to represent the faith, is that there is a ton of negativity, dissatisfaction and disillusionment.

Much of the discussion is focused upon what God is against, what we are against (at least in our public proclamations), and how unChristian non-Christians are (as if we should expect otherwise).

In fact, if I’m being honest, this post is also a critique, but one hopefully with redeeming value.

BELIEF SERIES: Evolutionary ‘soul searching’ with regards to eternal life

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When a person acknowledges that along with our physical bodies we also have souls — an affirmation reached by most non-atheists — one must naturally concede these souls of ours must go somewhere after our last earthly breath is taken. If our bodies are nothing more than highly evolved molecular life without a soul, and all that is left of us simply rots away after death, then our life becomes meaningless.

But to accept the claims of macro-evolution alongside the belief that the human race has souls, one must jump through hoops.

The Ben Sauer story: heartache and hope from a blogging mom amid the unthinkable

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No family should ever have to watch their child die, let alone in barely 3 months from a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer. Ben Sauer celebrated his 5th birthday with his twin brother just 8 days before he passed away. One can’t help but think about how different it must have been for the family just one year prior, on the 4th birthday, when not a hint of sickness was in little Ben. Or even just a few months prior, in the family Christmas photo, when the cancer still had not yet reared it’s ugly head.

Furthermore, no one should have to go through such a tragedy alone. In years past it would typically be close relatives, and maybe the local community, that would rally and help shoulder the grief and heart ache. But in today’s blogging and social media era, thousands have followed the heart-wrenching story of little Ben Sauer while his mom, Mindy, has blogged every grief-stricken detail, while at the same time maintaining an eternal focus filled with life-giving hope.

Have smart phones become enemy number 1 to having real relationships and productive lives?

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There is a recurring trend in recent online videos to demonstrate how attached we have grown to our mobile devices, specifically smart phones. If we consider the old saying ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’, then videos like the ones that follow are worth so much more.

One in particular, called ‘Look Up’ has over 27 million views (as of this writing) since it was first posted on April 25th.

The basic premise is that we’re missing out on much of life — and possible relationships — by failing to ‘look up’ from our phones.

Things to consider before going to a Bangor abortion clinic; You are never alone

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Getting pregnant was not part of your plan, and now you’re deciding what to do about the baby growing inside of you. You don’t feel ready to have a baby. You may have gotten pregnant by accident, and you’re worried what others will think of you. You’re worried about what your parents or friends might say, or how they might react.

You searched for Bangor abortion clinics and it brought you to this article. You’re wondering what you should know before going to a Bangor abortion clinic, or maybe you’re concerned about the risks associated with abortion. Or maybe you weren’t aware that there were risks, and you’re just scared. That’s OK. It’s OK to be scared.

How UK tabloids saved Josie Cunningham’s unborn baby

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Our society by and large champions a woman’s right to abort. The prevailing sentiment is that a pregnant woman should be able to choose to end the life of her baby if it is determined to be inconvenient or unexpected. Furthermore, most pro-choice advocates affirm that a woman’s ambitions, regardless of circumstance, should be able to take precedence over the life of an unborn baby, even when there is no threat to the life of the mother.

Well, consider the case over the past couples weeks in the UK of Josie Cunningham –

Lord, I was born a ramblin’ man

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It pays the bills, provides the health insurance, a sense of professional value — of stability. Eliminate it and I’d be forced to do something else. But what else?

I’m 34 years old and have been in the same profession since I chose it by default in college, and have been in the same position with the same company since I was 24.

Imagine a life with less, to have time for… more?

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My last post was one of a new direction for Counter Culture. I explained that this change stems from a desire to write more freely — more simply.

This same attitude is something my wife and I have decided to carry-over into all facets of our lives — as much as is possible with a newborn and a toddler. We have committed to living more simply. Not ‘sell all your belongings’ simply, but rather ‘use what we have more wisely and with more intentionality’ — simply.

Ponder on these thoughts more a moment:

A new baby, a new direction for ‘Counter Culture’, and a desire for simplicity

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My second son was born last week. What a wonderful blessing. However, with such a life change comes a time to re-evaluate priorities and goals. So often we get caught up in the day-to-day that we forget what direction we’re even going in life.

It is because of this reflective attitude that I’ve decided to change directions in what I write about here on Counter Culture. I’ve already updated the header graphic and the About page, so you probably have an idea of the direction I will be going.

UMaine student groups team up for February 27th Day of Prayer with ‘missional’ focus

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UMaine chapters of the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Navigators, and Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) are teaming up to provide prayer and worship opportunities for students during the 2014 Collegiate Day of Prayer.

Everyone — community members and students — are invited to attend and participate.