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Pursuing Biblical God: reflecting on God, the Bible, his church, and us

It doesn’t matter which version of the Bible you read, as long as you read it People often ask me, “Which version of the Bible should I use?” My answer is quick. They should select a version of the Bible … Continue reading

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Posted: November 19, 2017, 11:00 am

Martin Luther’s 95 concerns were distributed in printed form and essentially went viral Martin Luther lived five hundred years ago. He was born at the dawn of the modern era. He became a leading figure in the Protestant Reformation. A … Continue reading

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Posted: November 16, 2017, 11:00 am

Being both honest and kind is how we grow in our faith and mature through Jesus When Paul writes to the church in Ephesus, he tells them to speak what is true with love. This should be our guide in … Continue reading

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Posted: November 15, 2017, 11:00 am

Because of God we can anticipate a better tomorrow There are many reasons why I love the Bible, in fact I list thirteen. One of those reasons is hope (Psalm 119:74). The Bible is filled with hope. It’s mentioned 180 … Continue reading

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Posted: November 12, 2017, 11:00 am

Paul tells us that faith and love is what matters most In Paul’s letter to the Galatians, he opens chapter five with a discussion about freedom and slavery, about following the law and not following the law. He says that … Continue reading

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Posted: November 8, 2017, 11:00 am

New book about Martin Luther 95 Tweets reveals our past so we can reform our present. Celebrate the five-hundred-year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, when Martin Luther nailed his list of ninety-five concerns to the door of All Saints’ Church … Continue reading

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Posted: November 7, 2017, 11:00 am

Bigger isn’t always better and the micro church proves this Last week I wrote about the emergent church. Today we shift the discussion to micro church. Emergent church and micro church, are these alternate labels for the same thing or … Continue reading

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Posted: November 5, 2017, 11:00 am

Jesus elevates the standing of women and treats them as equal to men As the book of Matthew winds down, we see in chapter 28 that Jesus rises from the dead, appears to his followers, and ascends into heaven. As … Continue reading

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Posted: November 1, 2017, 10:00 am

The emergent church seeks to be biblically relevant for a postmodern people Ten to fifteen years ago, it seemed that every time I turned around I heard something about the emergent church. I wrote about this in my dissertation, with … Continue reading

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Posted: October 29, 2017, 10:00 am

Living a life for Jesus is living contrary to our culture Jesus often warns his followers to not be hypocrites. As an example of who not to emulate, he usually singles out the religious leaders. This is a sobering thought … Continue reading

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Posted: October 25, 2017, 10:00 am

Some people blindly accept church rhetoric, but they risk going down a dangerous path We’ve all heard stories of people taken in and indoctrinated by cults. Though some stories end happily after they extricate themselves from the control the cult, … Continue reading

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Posted: October 22, 2017, 10:00 am

Jesus calls us to change and become like little children Matthew tells the story about Jesus asking his disciples, “Who’s the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” The disciples don’t answer. Either they don’t know or they’re afraid to attempt … Continue reading

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Posted: October 18, 2017, 10:00 am

Though we cite scripture when we take communion, we don’t do it in a biblical way Most Christian churches have integrated some form of communion into their worship practices. Though they do this in different ways and with varied frequencies, … Continue reading

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Posted: October 15, 2017, 10:00 am

Like yeast in a lump of dough, a little bit makes a big difference In the thirteenth chapter of the book of Matthew, we read many parables of Jesus. This includes the parable of the sower, the parable of the … Continue reading

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Posted: October 11, 2017, 10:00 am

In matters of faith, it’s not what we believe, it’s what we do One of the promises during the modern era was that through the Age of Enlightenment (Age of Reason) we could pursue truth and it would eventually converge … Continue reading

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Posted: October 8, 2017, 10:00 am

We should show our gratitude to Jesus for all he has done for us The Bible records many things Jesus did when he was here on earth. A reoccurring action is Jesus healing people from their physical and spiritual maladies. … Continue reading

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Posted: October 4, 2017, 10:00 am

The Bible should inform our actions, not justify our habits Christianity has its traditions and religious practices. We often persist in them with unexamined acceptance. And if we do question our behaviors, we can often find a verse in the … Continue reading

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Posted: October 1, 2017, 10:00 am

John baptizes with water and Jesus baptizes with the Holy Spirit The third chapter in the book of Matthew focuses on John the Baptist and makes the transition to Jesus, the star of the rest of the book. This chapter … Continue reading

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Posted: September 27, 2017, 10:00 am

For all their differences, both creation and the theory of evolution require an element of faith In school I learned about evolution. In church I learned about creation. Creation marks the beginning of the Bible and forms the foundation of … Continue reading

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Posted: September 24, 2017, 10:00 am

False teachers slander what they don’t understand, and they will be destroyed Over the years I’ve heard many ministers talk about things they didn’t understand. Not biblical or spiritual things, but worldly things. Out of ignorance they condemn certain people … Continue reading

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Posted: September 20, 2017, 10:00 am