Brian Dainsberg

WHY THE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE RULING MAY BE A GOOD THING: PART 1

The same-sex marriage ruling earlier this summer has been a catalyst for numerous dire predictions about the future of the church and the U.S. I understand that we should mourn when sin is institutionalized. Sin always grieves God’s heart. But I’m not convinced this ruling was a bad thing. Let me explain. As a Christian,…

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3 THINGS PEOPLE NEED FROM THEIR CHURCHES

There really is an app for almost everything. An app for weather forecasts. An app for sports updates. An app for coupons. An app for color coordinating your clothes. In a world of “if you want it, we’ll provide it,” we can often think that should be true of the church we attend. But the…

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ONE THING WE DO THAT MAKES OUR LIVES DIFFICULT

Pain. Suffering. Adversity. Hardship. You name it, we experience it. So much of it is out of our control. Money won’t stop cancer. A great health insurance plan is no guarantee against a car accident. The best cardiac surgeon won’t make you immune to a lethal heart attack. Much of the difficulty we experience in…

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THE DECEIVING POWER OF BEAUTY

Many of you know I like the game of golf. This past weekend was enjoyable for me because one of golf’s major championships was being played in my own state: the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Kohler, WI.  I realize many of you probably find golf to be a complete snore. That’s OK. For…

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SITTING ON A GOLD MINE

Have you ever had that dream where a relative you didn’t even know you had dies and leaves you some money? Maybe that’s just me. Well, imagine that happened. But for a variety of reasons you never really look into it because you assume it’s going to be just a few bucks. When you finally…

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PRIORITIZING OUR OUTRAGE

There’s lots to be outraged over, that’s for sure. Have you ever stopped to think about whether or not our outrage is prioritized correctly? What do I mean by “prioritized correctly?” In an emotionally-driven society, it can be tempting to make our emotional reactions inerrant (i.e. without error). Implicitly, we are often told our emotions are…

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SUFFERING GRIEF AND YET PROTECTED?

“This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power…” (1 Pet. 1:4b-5a)

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THE ATROCITIES OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD

Watching Planned Parenthood executives sipping wine while discussing dismembered baby parts has reawakened many in this country to the barbaric and sinful practice of abortion. So much has been written on this that I’ll refrain from adding another voice to the conversation and instead link to some enlightening articles addressing this injustice.

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IS YOUR FAITH REAL?

“…you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trial. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith…” (1 Peter 1:6b-7a) Why do we face trials? The Bible has numerous ways of answering that question. Sometimes it’s because God is exercising fatherly discipline (Hebrews 12). Sometimes it’s due to consequences…

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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE GOSPEL AND RELIGION

The gospel is different than any other religion or worldview out there. How so? “Religion” says, “I obey, therefore I’m accepted.” That is, when I morally or spiritually perform well, God will bless me and reward me with a good life and even heaven. The “gospel” says, “I’m accepted through the life and death of…

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