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Freedom is a Very Spiritual Thing, and with it Comes Danger

March 16th, 2018

By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
March 16, 2018

There is an old legend about the creation which says God allowed all the seeds of the earth to come before him and choose their destiny. Some wanted to become lions and tigers, and so God made the animals. Some reasoned since the earth was made up mostly of water, they wanted fins and gills to swim and live in the waters. Thus, God made the fishes. Others looked at the great expanse in the heavens and concluded there was more air than anything. Therefore, they wanted wings to fly. So God made the fowls of the air. Some preferred safety and asked God that they might always be secure by carrying their houses with them. And so God made turtles, oysters, and shellfish.

Finally, after all the seeds had spoken, one quiet little seed remained – very humble and shy – so timid that God had to pry, asking, “And what about you little fellow?” “Well,” said the seed, “I don’t really want to be like the animals, the fishes, the birds of the air, or those who live in a shell. Instead just let me be made in your image. I’ll make my own way across the frontiers. I’ll make my own boats, wings, and houses. Just make me like you, and I’ll take my chances.” And the legend goes on to say that God was exceedingly pleased, and made the seed a man – a man made after God’s own image. Read the rest of this entry »

There, I Said It: Americans Need to Stop Supporting the Democratic Party

March 9th, 2018

By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
March 9, 2018

You may have heard the old story about a legendary politician in Western North Carolina who ran unsuccessfully several times for public office. He was a Democrat in a Republican stronghold. His failures to get elected made him so despondent that he decided to commit suicide.

To make certain he was successful, he made his way to the local hardware store and bought several items: a rope, some rat poison, a pistol, and some kerosene, after which he took those items with him down to the river.

The would-be politician then stood in a boat, tied a noose around his neck and to an overhanging limb, doused himself thoroughly with kerosene, swallowed the rat poison, set himself afire, and held the pistol to his head and fired it. Read the rest of this entry »

Is Billy Graham’s Death Prophetically Significant?

March 2nd, 2018

By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
March 2, 2018

During the memorial service for her father, Anne Graham Lotz, Dr. Billy Graham’s daughter, said she believed her father’s passing could have prophetic significance. As part of a set of eulogies given by her and her siblings, Lotz contended that when her father passed she believed “there was something very strategic from heaven’s point of view.”

“I know that before the foundations of the world were laid, February 21, 2018, was the date that God chose to take my father home,” she said. She then noted the date of Graham’s passing is also the same day the Jews focus on Scripture readings about the death of Moses.

Graham said she believes there might be a parallel. Read the rest of this entry »

Billy Graham Spoke to America, Its Social Issues and Told Us How to be Free

February 23rd, 2018

By Dr. Mark Creech
Chrittian Action League
February 23, 2018

Among the dozens of things written about Billy Graham, after his passing earlier this week, was something I found on the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) website.

In a statement about the world-renowned evangelist’s death, FFRF noted a time when Christopher Hitchens, who has been hailed as an antitheist, was once asked if he believed Billy Graham was an evil man. Hitchens replied, “Yes, disgustingly evil man.”

The article then went on to argue that Graham worked to destroy America’s secular government. Read the rest of this entry »

Seventeen Dead: ‘There Ain’t Nothing Fastened Down Anymore’

February 16th, 2018

By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
February 16, 2018

Seventeen dead from another school shooting. This one in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday – Valentine’s Day – Ash Wednesday.

It’s the kind of thing that shakes us to the core. Our peace, our faith, our worldview is sorely tried.

Some of us can still remember quite vividly when things were very different in this country. We now seem to be living in a time when everything has come unglued. We say to ourselves, “It ought not to be this way. It didn’t used to be this way. The problem continues to escalate each year. What’s happened to us?”

J. Wallace Hamilton, in his book, Who Goes There? shares a line from the 1930s African-American play, Green Pastures, in which Gabriel, the angel, is sent to earth to investigate the turmoil from Noah’s flood. This is what Hamilton brilliantly writes: Read the rest of this entry »

Unprecedented Increase in Midlife White Death Rate for NC. Why?

February 9th, 2018

By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
February 9, 2018 

According to the Associated Press, Researchers at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. say the midlife white death rate in 40 of the state’s counties is seeing an unprecedented increase.

When I first read this, I thought to myself, “What in the world?” But the lead author of the study, Dr. Chris Mansfield, attributed a large portion of the exacerbated mortality rate to “deaths of despair.” That’s a classification that applies to suicide, alcohol, and drug abuse issues. Mansfield added that the findings in the Tar Heel state reflect national trends. Read the rest of this entry »

They Sulked While the President Gave His State of the Union Speech

February 1st, 2018

By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
February 1, 2018

They scoff. They groan. They glower. They pout. They walk or run away. They sulk. These are some of the annoying ways children react to displeasure, anger or frustration with their circumstances. And this is exactly the way so many Congressional members responded Tuesday night to the President’s State of the Union address. Their behavior was embarrassingly shameful.

Whether children or adults, sulking is an expression of one’s spirit. People pout because it’s something that worked for them in the past. It’s a means for getting their way. To give attention to it only makes it worse. Few things will better defeat the sulker than simply ignoring him or her. Read the rest of this entry »

What the Issues of Racism and Abortion Have in Common

January 11th, 2018

Dr. Mark CreechBy Dr. Mark Creech

During the 1930s, the Federal Writers’ Project sponsored remarkable interviews with former slaves. The project was based on the premise that no one could better describe the institution of slavery in America than someone who had experienced it. These experiences were recorded for posterity, and today the Library of Congress contains more than 2,000 incredible slave narratives.

Recently, I came across a book edited by Belinda Hurmence titled, My Folks Don’t Want Me to Talk about Slavery.  Hurmence reviewed and compiled 21 first person collections of the more than 170 interviews by the Federal Writers’ Project that were of former slaves from my home state, North Carolina.

Here’s an excerpt from that book. The person speaking is former slave, Jacob Manson. Read the rest of this entry »

Inherited Capital

December 27th, 2017

By Dr. Mark Creech  Dr. Mark Creech

In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus told a parable about a son who took the inheritance bequeathed to him and wasted it on “riotous living” until he became destitute. When he realized the foolish way he had acted, he returned to his father in hopes of being received as a simple servant, but instead, the father restored him royally. Many call it the parable of the Prodigal Son.

Not long ago, I found a copy of an old devotional written in 1942 by the Episcopal Church based on the story of the Prodigal Son. Its heading read Inherited Capital.

The devotional shared a story about a man and his wife who said to a clergyman, “We both graduated from college, agnostics. We don’t go to church. We have two children, seven and nine years of age. We have tried to teach them Christian ideals of right and wrong. Somehow, we have failed. Read the rest of this entry »

The Christmas Bug and the Need to Get Real

December 21st, 2017

Dr. Mark CreechBy Dr. Mark Creech

During Christmas time, my father loved making this season of the year magical for children.

As children, every year Daddy would remind my sister and me to put cookies and milk out for Santa’s arrival on Christmas Eve night. On Christmas morning, I was always giddy with excitement to find an empty plate and glass under the tree next to my toys.

One Christmas morning, I was nearly beside myself to follow Santa’s tracks where he had stepped in the ashes of our wood burning fireplace after coming down the chimney and walking across the living room floor to place my gifts. I got every kid in the neighborhood to come and see it. Every one of them was in awe as they ogled over St. Nick’s very own footprints. Of course, I wasn’t old enough to recognize that those tracks were remarkably similar; in fact, even identical to my Daddy’s fireman’s boots he kept in the closet at the end of the hall. Read the rest of this entry »