Articles by Aaron Prill

 
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TOP 5 excuses for Planned Parenthood (and why they’re absurd)!

on Aug. 06, 2015, at 2:51 p.m.
In case you are living under a rock, the news of the last couple weeks is that Planned Parenthood is harvesting intact internal and external body parts of fully-formed aborted babies, and selling the specimens for financial gain. The Center for Medical Progress has just released a 5th video documenting this fact. However, not everyone is willing to believe in reality — including the White House — and they’ve come up with some standard excuses to give this abortion mill a pass. Here are the Top 5, and why they’re absurd.
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On Bangor PD’s ‘Sharpie Post’ about Panhandlers and LaMarche’s protest

on June 08, 2015, at 4:23 p.m.
The Bangor Police Department Facebook Page — which has become wildly popular in the past year thanks in large part to the ‘duck of justice’ — is now taking heat for a recent post. Their public service announcement outlined how officers have witnessed panhandlers using sharpies to write messages on cardboard signs to ultimately scam Bangor residents. Here is the post in question originally published to Facebook on June 4th…
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Saturday in Bangor: Get equipped to live on mission with one-day discipleship training

on June 05, 2015, at 10:29 a.m.
This Saturday, June 6th in Bangor there will be a ‘Missional Discipleship One-Day’ held at the Union St Brick Church, 126 Main St, Bangor. Hosted by Imago Dei Church, this day of equipping is free and open to the public. If you have a desire to learn more about what it means to “live on mission”, both individually and as a family — as well as meet leading practitioners in the Bangor area in this field — please stop by and connect with the folks at this event.
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5 ways to know and love our neighbors this summer

on June 03, 2015, at 3:27 p.m.
In our individualistic society, loving our neighbors has tended to go by the wayside. It’s not that we dislike them, but more accurately we don’t even know their names. Sure, we might throw a hearty wave their way when we drive by their house, or while we’re out mowing our …
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5 ways to know and love our neighbors this summer

on June 03, 2015, at 3:27 p.m.
In our individualistic society, loving our neighbors has tended to go by the wayside. It’s not that we dislike them, but more accurately we don’t even know their names. Sure, we might throw a hearty wave their way when we drive by their house, or while we’re out mowing our …
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Restore Bangor: a night of healing prayer (June 5th)

on June 02, 2015, at 11:54 a.m.
This Friday, June 5th at 7:00 PM Imago Dei Anglican Church is hosting an event open to the public for anyone who wants prayer for a sickness or hurt in the body, mind, or soul. This event is being hosted at Imago Dei’s meeting location at the Union Street Brick Church at 126 Main …
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Jenner’s identity crisis only slightly more extreme than our own

on June 01, 2015, at 3:55 p.m.
I opened up my Twitter feed early this afternoon, and in a somewhat ironic juxtaposition I was greeted with this (see image below) — two tweets from separate news agencies posting two separate pictures from a Vanity Fair photo shoot that resulted in a disjointed portrayal of a man who has made himself into a woman. A confusing picture of a confused human in an even more confusing world. Rather appropriately, the default twitter prompt was asking me “What’s happening?”… You tell me, Twitter, because it’s times like these that I’m at a temporary loss for words.
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Blog Re-launch: ‘Counter Culture’ is now ‘Missional Mainer’

on April 03, 2015, at 4:59 p.m.
Welcome to the re-launch of this blog! Known as ‘Counter Culture’ since it’s inception in the fall of 2012, it has been on my heart for many months now to go a new direction with this blog. The original idea was to write from a faith-based perspective and offer view points counter to …
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Religious ignorance shines through at National Prayer Breakfast

on Feb. 06, 2015, at 2:04 p.m.
In case you missed it (because it’s definitely not being reported by many local news outlets), at yesterday’s National Prayer Breakfast President Obama took the opportunity to lecture attendees that Muslim extremists are not the first to commit atrocities in the name of religion. Here is the quote. I’ve paraphrased his words with brackets to clarify his remarks for you, my valued reader…
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Discipleship Inbox: What does it mean to ‘make disciples’?

on Jan. 29, 2015, at 8:57 a.m.
In the current issue of DiscipleshipInbox, I approach the question: What does it mean to ‘make disciples’?
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Kicking my Facebook addiction – WEEK 1 – Instagram is my ‘methadone’

on Jan. 02, 2015, at 2:13 p.m.
I was tired of Facebook sucking up all of my time. Mindlessly scrolling Facebook on my smartphone app, as well as getting sidetracked on Facebook at work, time and time again. In short, wasting time because of a perceived need to have my nose in every else’s ‘life’ (as they portray it on Facebook). As any addiction recovery counselor will tell you, the first step in kicking a bad habit is admitting you have a problem. Overuse of Facebook was/is my vice.
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Not a culture hater! Explaining the name and intent of ‘Counter Culture’

on Dec. 29, 2014, at 2:17 p.m.
For a while now I’ve felt like the name ‘Counter Culture’ does not result in the best first impression with some visitors to this blog, and can be misleading in regards to the message I attempt to convey here. Because the word ‘counter’ typically means ‘against’, someone first coming here might immediately think I’m against everything about culture. Then — because I write from a Christian-perspective — people may automatically assume I promote a view that Christianity is totally against culture. Fostering such division is not my intent, and more importantly — I don’t HATE culture!
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Christmas Eve services around Bangor to celebrate the ‘Reason for the Season’

on Dec. 22, 2014, at 4:30 p.m.
While the holiday season is hectic, by the time Christmas Eve rolls around our focus should be one of peace and joy. Let me encourage you to get all of your Christmas shopping done now, so you and your family can visit one of our local churches on Christmas Eve to pause, reflect, and join others in praising the true reason for the season — the awesome truth that God sent Jesus Christ to earth to be with us. My list wont be exhaustive, as I’ll only promote various Christmas Eve services around Bangor that are on my radar. Some are contemporary, others more traditional, but all are about Christ.
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Bangor store stands firm after getting complaints for Jesus-themed windows

on Dec. 18, 2014, at 4:04 p.m.
This story passed through my social media feed the other day and I couldn’t resist giving it a virtual ‘shout out’. Discount Mattress and Furniture in the Airport Mall in Bangor currently has their windows decorated with a nativity, and the words ‘Jesus is the Reason for the Season.’ Nothing wrong with that, right? Jesus is the reason for this season after all.
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4 ways to avoid being a ‘Gospel infomercial’

on Nov. 11, 2014, at 12:14 p.m.
All too often sharing our faith as Christians — if we even do it all — becomes a script that we recite. We do our best to remember to list all the features of what Jesus did on The Cross, before attempting to close the deal of eternal life for just one easy payment of ‘accept Jesus into your heart’. We reduce evangelism to a ‘Gospel infomercial’.
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On Ebola and Kaci Hickox: Fear is not from God #IStandWithKaci

on Oct. 31, 2014, at 8:33 a.m.
I see a lot of fear in people as they react to the news of Ebola. Specifically in Maine, I see fear as people express their opinions on the actions of nurse Kaci Hickox in Fort Kent. Fear is not from God.
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Hey Bill Nemitz, you’re wrong on Bruce Poliquin

on Oct. 28, 2014, at 10:57 a.m.
In an opinion column that has about as much professionalism as you might expect from the Maine Democratic Party, esteemed 1st District resident and Portland Press Herald columnist Bill Nemitz unashamedly outlined his personal dislike for 2nd District Congressional candidate Bruce Poliquin. You might expect the liberal Nemitz to make a reasoned case against the conservative Poliquin based on policy differences, right? Not so much.
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CT: Left Behind movie mildly entertaining, but not very ‘Christian’

on Oct. 07, 2014, at 11:09 a.m.
According to Christianity Today — a publication that is typically supportive of movies that explore Christian themes (think ‘God’s Not Dead’ or ‘Heaven is For Real’) — the new Left Behind movie starring Nicholas Cage leaves a lot behind. It seems if you are looking for a Sci-Fi Action flick with some run-of-the-mill disaster scenes, then this movie is for you. But if you want to explore one of the possible End Times scenarios from a Biblical perspective in any depth, you’re going to have to look elsewhere.
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The Lord has raised him up: Joshua Neagle’s Story (UPDATED)

on Oct. 01, 2014, at 6:39 p.m.
The following blog was first published before Joshua passed away. For my additional thoughts since his passing, go to ‘The Lord has raised him up’ below…
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6,000 lives impacted by 2014 ‘Day of Hope’ in Bangor

on Sept. 23, 2014, at 1:58 p.m.
The local organizers of Bangor’s first ever ‘Day of Hope’ were pleasantly surprised at the turnout this past Saturday on the Bangor Waterfront. It’s safe to say most volunteers were not expecting so many ‘guests of honor’ to be lined up outside the event’s entrance by 9 AM. But the rain held off, and by day’s end everyone involved was simply thankful to have played a small part in the event’s success.