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Dane Skelton is the Pastor of Faith Community Church and the author of Jungle Flight: Spiritual Adventures at the Ends of the Earth, a book of true stories from the ministry of JAARS (formerly Jungle Aviation and Radio Service). His second book, Papua Pilot: Flying the Bible to the Last Lost Peoples, co-authored with the late Paul Westlund, is now available on Amazon.com and Christianbook.com.


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YOU ARE NOT ALONE
December 27, 2017

John Donne famously wrote, No man is an island, Entire of itself, Every man is a piece of the continent, A part of the main. Nevertheless, everyone feels isolated, everyone feels alone now and then, perhaps especially during the holidays. It’s part of the human condition, a result of the fall. Eve […] [READ MORE]



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THE MEMORY TREE
December 20, 2017

The tree appears like magic every year, the day after Thanksgiving. Rising from the floor to its full seven feet, adorned with lights and nothing else, a green canvas of branches waiting to be adorned by the master artist I married. From old boxes emerge simple ornaments, each a reminder of […] [READ MORE]



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FRANCIS COLLINS FINDS THE LIGHT
December 13, 2017

In him was life, and that life was the light of men. (John 1:4NIV)  We call Christmas the season of light in no small part because of the meaning of this verse. But what are we to make of this mysterious word? How was Jesus the light of men? Famed geneticist Francis Collinsrsquo;s […] [READ MORE]



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OF SEX AND FLAG FOOTBALL Thoughts on Rampant Sexual Assault
December 7, 2017

My dad, Schafer J. Skelton Jr., never played flag football. That puzzled us because we knew he was on three Conference and two State championship teams in high school, earning all-state guard honors in 1950. Mom asked him once, when the men at a church outing were dividing into teams […] [READ MORE]



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JUSTICE FOR JACK
November 29, 2017

While sexual assault charges dominate the headlines, destroying careers and political prospects alike, the results of an assault on every American’s freedom of conscience are being weighed in the Supreme Court of the United States. Jack Phillips’ Colorado bakery, Masterpiece Cakeshop, is named after his favorite Bible verse, Ephesians 2:10, ldquo;We […] [READ MORE]



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WHY ME, LORD?
November 22, 2017

Why me, Lord? Why was I born between the wars, after Korea, just before Nam? Why did I come of age after it ended, before I could be drafted? I think often of those men and those wars, as well as the men and women of the generation behind me, who’ve been fighting since 9-11, and though I honor them I am also thankful that I did not have to endure combat. Why me? [READ MORE]



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THE SEARCH FOR RELIABLE REPORTING
November 15, 2017

25 years ago, I asked a friend in the Christian radio business if he knew of anything like National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, but from a biblical worldview. “No,” he said, “But there is this guy named Rush Limbaugh who is singlehandedly rescuing AM radio from oblivion with his talk show […] [READ MORE]



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SURPRISED BY FACTS Reflections on the Mass Shootings
November 8, 2017

This blog began as a reflection on the idea that each of these murderers was a failed male. I was going to talk about our need to call and mentor young men into healthy masculinity. I still believe they were failed males, but there are millions of those that never commit mass murder. The facts pushed me in a different direction. [READ MORE]



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REMOVING HISTORICAL GLOSS: Metaxas' Enlightening Luther Biography
November 1, 2017

Johann Tetzel was being robbed. The Dominican friar and Grand Commissioner for indulgences in Germany was on his way from one very profitable preaching crusade to another when a German nobleman, one who had made a great point of asking whether all future sins could be forgiven if only the […] [READ MORE]



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PRODUCING BETTER THINKERS
October 22, 2017

The discussion had been disturbing. The young woman I was counseling was in deep-dish trouble. Her relationships were dysfunctional, she was up to her armpits in debt, and most of her decisions were based on a daily reading of her horoscope. But the most disturbing thing was that she had grown […] [READ MORE]



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KEEPING A CHILDLIKE SPIRIT
October 11, 2017

Like children the world over they chased each other around the building after the adults had finished their serious church stuff, squealing with delight. “Easy, now,” I said, trying not to raise my voice or come across too strong. “You guys slow it down a bit, use your inside voices” […] [READ MORE]



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FACING THE EVIL AMONG US The Las Vegas Masscre
October 4, 2017

My gut double-clutched as I heard the newsman’s report on Monday morning radio: “Over fifty killed, over five hundred wounded.” As John Stonestreet said on Breakpoint yesterday, we weep for the suffering and we call evil by name.[1] That’s what I want to do today, help us face the evil. Law enforcement […] [READ MORE]



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ECSTASY THY NAME IS CHASTITY Seven Ways Married Sex is Best
September 27, 2017

Yes, that is a very COSMO-like headline for a preacher’s blog. But we live in the COSMO generation. We’ve bought into the idea that the best sex is low on commitment, high on recreation, and all about the right “moves.” Guess what? The best sex isn’t about the right moves. In […] [READ MORE]



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A FACE LIKE FLINT Os Guinness's Call to Courage
September 20, 2017

8 “Behold, I have made your face as hard as their faces, and your forehead as hard as their foreheads. 9 Like emery harder than flint have I made your forehead. Fear them not, nor be dismayed at their looks, for they are a rebellious house.”[1] Thus spoke God to Ezekiel, his prophet […] [READ MORE]



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GOD, KIRK CAMERON & HURRICANES
September 13, 2017

Former Left Behind actor Kirk Cameron made some comments about the recent hurricanes that, taken out of context and twisted by headline writers, made it sound as if Hurricanes Harvey and Irma were God’s judgment on America. As if on cue the blogosphere went bananas. Patheos blogger, Michael Stone is a […] [READ MORE]



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WAITING ON GOD AND PIZZA
September 10, 2017

I’ll never forget my boss’s reply to a demanding department head who wanted his project moved to top priority for our maintenance crew: “Your lack of planning does not constitute an emergency for me!” I gasped and laughed out loud.  I did not think anyone, much less the head of a […] [READ MORE]



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KRISTEN'S STORY
August 30, 2017

Kristen Zerbato is one of FCC's newest members. I'm delighted she agreed to share her Alpha story with us today. DS.I moved to South Boston a little over a year ago, not knowing a soul.  All it took was one kind gesture from Sally Smiley, inviting me to lunch one […] [READ MORE]



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THE LIGHT IN THEIR EYES
August 23, 2017

It has happened too many times to be a coincidence. My wife and I will meet someone new and comment to one another later, “I think she’s a believer. I just sense that she is.” Sure enough, as we come to know the person better our intuitions are confirmed. I call […] [READ MORE]



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DOING WITHOUT THE DO-OVERS
August 16, 2017

“What is behind-a me is not-a before me!” shouted the Italian racer as he ripped the rear view mirror off the windshield and put the pedal to the metal in one of those silly seventies rally movies. We used to quote it when heading out on family road trips, exaggerating […] [READ MORE]



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JESUS'S UN-AMERICAN DREAM
August 9, 2017

Michael Jordan, principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets and one of the greatest professional basketball players ever, retired from the court in 2003 as one of the game’s wealthiest contestants. The owner of the Chicago Bulls, Jerry Reinsdorf, for whom Jordan played most of his career, remarked at the […] [READ MORE]



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BECAUSE HE IS GOOD
August 2, 2017

“Dad, I need some lunch money for school this week,” said my youngest daughter one evening when she was still in high school. Without a thought I opened my wallet plucked out ten dollars and handed it to her. Then I asked, “Did you get the chores done we agreed on” […] [READ MORE]



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JESUS, COLBERT & SAME-SEX MARRIAGE
July 26, 2017

You’ve probably seen the meme with Stephen Colbert, host of The Late Show on NBC, holding a Bible next to a picture of Jesus saying, “I would like to read to you what Jesus said about homosexuality … I’d like to, but he never said anything about it.” Colbert ran this […] [READ MORE]



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NEXT - GEN CULTURAL NAVIGATION Book Review Stonestreet & Kunkel's Practical Guide
July 19, 2017

News broke this week that noted evangelical leader Eugene Peterson, famed for The Message paraphrase of the Bible and many other works of spiritual theology, had come out in support of same-sex marriage. Then he backtracked but, as they say, the toothpaste was out of the tube and believers all […] [READ MORE]



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BEARTOOTH PASS And the Glory of God
July 12, 2017

“Every time you ride the pass you have to have a plan A, plan B, and plan C, and be ready to execute either one of them at any moment,” said my new friend and guide, Associate Pastor Rob Griggs of Word of Life church in Billings, Montana. I soon had […] [READ MORE]



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RENDEZVOUS WITH JESUS
June 21, 2017

A new friend sat across the table at the local deli, eager to tell me what had happened to him. “On the third week, when Nicky Gumble led in prayer, I prayed with him and gave everything to God. I told God I couldn’t do anything without him and didn’t want […] [READ MORE]



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