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  •  If you read through the Gospels you'll see where Jesus says multiple times in multiple ways, "For this reason I came ..." You can (and should) hunt those down to see what our Savior's intent was when He came to earth. Another explanation (not an alternate explanation; an additional one) is given…
    September 18, 2019
  • Recently I had a discussion in which it was suggested, perhaps indirectly, that Paul and Jesus might have disagreed on something that is part of our Bible. The topic (not relevant to this discussion -- just for clarification) was whether or not it was possible to be pro-life and pro-capital punishment.…
    September 11, 2019
  • We just celebrated work in the form of Labor Day. I think I should talk about work for a moment. As we all know, we are not saved by works (Eph 2:8-9). So, what do works have to do with it? I recently read this in my Bible readings.  And by this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.…
    September 4, 2019
  • As most of you know, a "meme" is a fairly recent term mostly for an Internet fad. They're popular sayings and trends that pop up and spread via the glorious Internet. When you hear, "That video went viral" you're hearing about a meme. Popular memes include cat and dog pictures, exaggerations…
    August 28, 2019
  •  Remember the "open book test"? We loved that in school. That is, if we had to have a test, it was much better to have an open book one than something that relied on your own total recall. Open book tests were much easier. As it turns out, in many cases life is an open book test. The answers…
    August 21, 2019
  •  A lot of people over the last few years have complained that folks aren't as considerate as they once were. Now, you might think it's because old people are crotchety, but I'm even hearing it from younger folk. There was a time that we would open doors or let people in front of us in traffic or "ladies…
    August 14, 2019
  •   Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for His seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God (1 John 3:9) (KJV). This has always been a gut-wrenching read for me, taking the Bible as seriously as I do. What does John mean? Is this a call for sinless perfection? Or is it hyperbole? "Oh,…
    August 7, 2019
  •  I heard this term the other day and wondered about it. "Bible-saturated" refers to someone who has been immersed for a great deal of time in the entirety of Scripture. It doesn't mean someone who has memorized John 3:16 and can quote it without thinking about it. The term refers to a saturation of…
    July 31, 2019
  •  It has been an axiom since the 1960's. "Question authority!" In the '60's it was considered avant-garde, cutting edge. Today it's considered normal operating procedure. "Of course you have to question authority." I think, however, that it is unevenly applied. There is a series…
    July 24, 2019
  • Meet Laelius Socinus. He was one of the founders of a secret religious sect operating under the banner of "Christian". In the late 1500's, this sect, called "Socinians", referred to themselves as Unitarians. The primary doctrinal difference between them and the rest of the existing Christian Church…
    July 17, 2019
  •  I learned a new phrase: "gender complementarity". Cool! I like new things like that. So ... um ... what does it mean? Well, "complementarity" is "The state or quality of being complementary". "Fine," you say, " ... so what in the world does that mean?"…
    July 10, 2019
  •  If you are a Christian, a genuine follower of Christ who believes in the Bible and all it teaches, be prepared. You are ... narrow-minded. Yes, you. You're not a "free thinker" (defined, oddly, as "one who doubts or denies religious dogma"). By aligning yourself with all that stuff you stand…
    July 3, 2019
  •  In his Institutes of the Christian Religion, John Calvin devoted an entire chapter to the notion that the Christian life is summarized in the concept of self-denial. Like so many other "Calvinisms", this isn't Calvin's idea. It wasn't Calvin who said, "If anyone would come after Me,…
    June 26, 2019
  •  It is obvious that our job as followers of Christ is to speak the truth. Lies do not become us. Neither do false doctrines, misguided rants, or a lazy understanding of God's Word. As followers of "the Truth" (John 14:6), we must find the truth mandatory rather than optional. However ... ...…
    June 19, 2019
  •  In discussions on abortion, I've seen this passage used to say that God doesn't care about abortion. When men strive together and hit a pregnant woman, so that her children come out, but there is no harm, the one who hit her shall surely be fined, as the woman's husband shall impose on him, and he shall…
    June 12, 2019

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