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"Christians and Tattoos, And the Ongoing Controversy of the Modern Day Relevance of the Old Testament Prohibition." by Cere Muscarella
There is a lot of saber rattling and collateral damage on both sides of the "should Christians have tattoos" issue. Basically, it stems from a non-scholarly approach to the Old Testament writings; An Old-Testament-only approach to the controversy; An ignorance of a much larger body of truth rising from the New Testament; And a lack of grace from all the people involved.
“Finding Nepho: A White Paper on the subject of Christians and Alcohol.” by Cere Muscarella
Yes, it’s a shameless reference to the Disney movie, “Finding Nemo!” The relevance of the parallel is that Nemo is a story about love; lost – and the arduous, often confusing, quest to find it again! “Finding Nepho” is also a story of love lost in the Body of Christ and the often arduous quest to find it when it comes to the topic of alcohol drinking Christians. What’s missing in the polarized debate is love for one another, for the worldly people watching us, for God’s Word and the sacrifice of His Son. It’s simply not easy to navigate through the seemingly solid arguments on both sides of the issue to find the truth!
"An Overview of Creation Beliefs" by Sonny Bowman
Unfortunately, there is much argument among Christians concerning creation and the age of the earth. This paper describes some of the various viewpoints of creation in an effort to promote understanding and a balanced approach toward people with differing opinions.