Dean and Laura VanDruff's Articles and Humor

Conversational Cheap Shots!


How NOT to Talk

Yikes! Here is an exposé of Conversational Cheating Tactics to notice and avoid. Read 'em and laugh--or weep if you must.

Ad Hominem Variants Attacking the person instead of the subject at hand
Sleight of Mind Fallacies Mental "magic" to cheat logic and fair dialog
Delay Tactics When the brain freezes, the lips flap on...
Question as Opportunity A favorite of politicians, an excuse to blather
General Irritants Verbal grenades, irritants, and ploys


What's Wrong with Multi-Level Marketing?

After witnessing the mayhem of 'MLM Madness' for far too long, the following was written as a clarion call to sanity. It has also proved handy to give to over-zealous MLM proselytizers.

3K Image of Ancient Egyptian Networking Structures Brace yourself, MLMs are awful ugly when seen up-close and with a gimlet eye!

This is a business analysis and commentary of four major problem areas with Multi-Level Marketing, AKA Network Marketing.

I) Market Saturation Just who is in charge of this here train?
II) Pyramid Structure Denial is more than just a river in Egypt... it seems
III) Morality and Ethics How low will people stoop when there is no one left to sell to?
IV) Relationship Issues Friends as "marks" and neighborhoods as markets


Christians and Conspiracy Theories

All-Seeing Black Eye Conspiracy theory is a world view that asserts, in essence, that a handful of superclever and ultrapowerful people are running the world. This "Illuminati" create nearly every crisis, control every government and major corporation, and are responsible for the sorry state of things all over... in general.

For anyone who has ever read Mein Kampf or is familiar with other pre-holocaust propaganda, these conspiracy theory ghost stories will sound eerily familiar. Only now, instead of "the Jews" in particular, we have a more nebulous "them" out there who are the "real enemy."

Conspiracy theory notions have so infiltrated modern prophetic teaching that it comes as a shock to many Christians to realize: 1) where they really came from, 2) that conspiracy theory is unbiblical in content, effect, and fruit, 3) why the Church has embraced these doctrines so quickly and without circumspection, and 4) the rather serious consequences of letting these spurious notions course through our heads and faith.

For Christians, this article is a "fruit inspection"--as our Lord commanded--and a call to repentance. It is time to take these ideas captive, and make them obedient to Christ.


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The Church That Meets at Priscilla and Aquila's House   Rom 16:3-5, 1Cor 16:19

Explaining the Way of God More Adequately (Acts 18:26)

Col 3:16 (NIV) Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom...

1Cor 14:26,31 (TEB) When you meet for worship, one has a hymn, another a teaching, another a revelation from God... All of you may speak God's message, one by one, so that all will learn and be encouraged.

2Cor 11:3 (NKJ) But I fear... your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

Solomon's Porch Fellowship
Acts 5:12

...Living in the fear of the Lord. (Acts 9:31)

Praying Hands Acts 2:42 (NIV) They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

Acts 2:43 (KJV) And fear came upon every soul...

Acts 5:11 (NIV) Great fear seized the whole church...

How NOT to Pray

The Apostle Paul's Rejection Letter