Reprise: Worship as a Believer? or Belieber?*

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*This was originally published in September 2013

urlWorship… those seven simple letters can conjure up so much meaning, emotion and passion. We worship anything and anyone these days. Last week, close to 27 million viewers tuned into the opening game of the 2013-14 NFL season between the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens, while a Harlequin Romance novel entitled The Hero, by Robyn Carr rose to the top of the New York Times bestseller list. In June of this year, Justin Bieber passed a monumental 40 million twitter followers (as of Jan. 29 2015, that number has now skyrocketed to 59.8M), but was upstaged by Kim Kardashian as the most searched person on the internet so far in 2013.… Continue reading

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Worshipping as a Believer? or Belieber?*

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urlWorship… those seven simple letters can conjure up so much meaning, emotion and passion. We worship anything and anyone these days. Last week, close to 27 million viewers tuned into the opening game of the 2013-14 NFL season between the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens, while a Harlequin Romance novel entitled The Hero, by Robyn Carr rose to the top of the New York Times bestseller list. In June of this year, Justin Bieber passed a monumental 40 million twitter followers, but was upstaged by Kim Kardashian as the most searched person on the internet so far in 2013. John Calvin said: “The human heart is an idol factory… Every one of us from our mothers womb is an expert in inventing idols.”

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Hero worship has twisted our understanding of true worship.… Continue reading

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#iDol Worship

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urlOne might have thought last week that the world was coming to an end. People lined the streets, even camped out for days to get their hands on one of life’s absolute necessities. What was it that they desperately needed? What device did the fate of humanity hinge upon? A phone. Apple rolled out its newest creations, and with it came a tidal wave sensation around the world. Move over Black Friday: iFriday is becoming it’s own regular phenomenon on a global scale.

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I think to the majority of the population, it’s really quite humorous and unmistakably bizarre that people would sacrifice so much of themselves for a phone.… Continue reading

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