Your Guns Won’t Save You

I had a pretty disturbing dream not that long ago. In this dream, my brother and I were at some sort of large Christian festival. The particular worship gathering we were at was outdoors, and there were thousands of people there. As we looked around, we saw that many of the people there had guns […]

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The Real Meaning of Lent

According to a story I once heard, a man needed his house repainted – and he wanted it all painted red. It just so happened that the painter the man hired was a real cheapskate, and only bought one can of red paint. He figured he could paint the whole house with it, watering it […]

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Teaching with Authority

  What does it mean to teach with authority? According to the gospel of Mark, people in the synagogues were impressed with Jesus’ teaching, “for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes” (Mark 1:22). The word translated here as “authority” is the Greek exousia (Strong’s #1849), which can also mean […]

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“Another One Bites the Dust”: 2017 in Review

  2017 was a year of mixed blessings for me. There were many things I wanted to accomplish this last year which I did not. I was unable to find a job using my skills for ministry. My chronic pain persisted, keeping me from returning to a full-time work schedule. My dating life was pretty […]

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The Apostles’ Creed, Conclusion: “The Life Everlasting”

  The last line of the Apostles’ Creed reads, “I believe in the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.” Just like the resurrection of the body, the idea of eternal life is a great mystery. Indeed, there’s nothing in our earthly experience which  is anything like a life that is everlasting. While many […]

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The Apostles’ Creed, Part Nine: The Forgiveness of Sins

  Forgiveness of sins isn’t a terribly popular topic these days. Most people, when asked, wouldn’t say that having their sins forgiven is high on their list of priorities. Nevertheless, I’m convinced that forgiveness of sins is important, and is something that people need to talk about from time to time. The biblical word “sin” […]

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The Apostles’ Creed, Part Eight: The Communion of Saints

The communion of saints. It’s perhaps the most overlooked part of the Apostles’ Creed. Millions of Christians recite this creed every week, without stopping to think of what it means to say we believe in “the communion of saints.” When Protestants use the term communion of saints, they often intend it to mean the connection […]

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