Author: Joe Allotta

Love and Christianity

Love is a unique phenomenon. It makes us do things that go completely against our nature and our nurture. Love is beyond this world. It is supernatural. Because God is love, and He is omnipresent, and we are in His image we get a residual experience of His perfect love. We see even total pagans

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Your Pastor Isn’t Supposed to Feed You

I’ve heard this phrase from people quite a bit over the years, “I didn’t feel fed.” I’ve heard it about churches, pastors, even myself. I find the phrase problematic for a couple reasons. First and foremost being that if you are only eating once a week on Sunday morning and expecting to ever be full,

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Satan – Fact vs. Fiction

Fact – He’s real. He’s more than just a personification of evil. He is described in Scripture as a being that can be actually interacted with. He has personality and is labeled with pronouns. Fact – He is a fallen angel. He is not some other sort of being. I tend to put angels as

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A word from God vs. The Word of God

I’ve found an interesting trend. I don’t know if it’s new or if my friend group has just expanded, but it does seem to be more pervasive in the Christian community. I feel like Christians are more interested in getting “a word from God” than reading the Word of God. They seem more interested in

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ReBranding Fellowship

I think Fellowship has a branding problem. Growing up, a Church Fellowship meant one thing. The Church was going to buy a whole bunch of fried chicken and everyone with the last name A-M would bring a side dish and everyone N-Z would bring a dessert. I’m all about eating 5 different types of Macaroni

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God is Light

Light has an interesting story arch in Scripture. In the first few verses in Genesis our World starts out in darkness until God says, “Let there be Light.” Now there’s no Sun or Moon to produce that light. God must be emanating that light from Himself. The final verses in Revelation 21 same exactly that.

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Rando Q&A on the Tribulation

So I spoke on the Tribulation this past Sunday. (Gutsy move, I know.) It’s so easy to get trapped in the weeds when speaking on such a topic and lose sight of things like “application.” But I wanted to make sure I helped clarify things for people and if I fell short at least give

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In Parables Is It Better to be Taken or Left?

There’s implications on this question. Those who hold to the Rapture often point to certain parables to promote their beliefs. Likewise those who don’t believe in a Rapture of the church vehemently disagree with their interpretation. Well I don’t particularly want to enter the theological battlefield of the “Rapture,” I don’t mind trying to be

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5 Things You Might Not Know about Barabbas

Barabbas has captivated our imaginations for years. The epic Ben Hur (The Chuck Heston one, not the recent one no one saw) is built on the idea we have no idea who this guy was and thus could be anyone. Now, that movie tries to make him out to be a hero of some sort,

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