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Prepared to Worship

I have gone to a lot of church services in my lifetime. And if I had to try to guess which passage from Scripture I had heard more than any … Continue reading

March 20, 2012 · 21 Comments

Legacy

Everyone wants to leave a legacy. Everyone wants to be remembered for something, and to leave something in the hands of those who come after them. Teddy Roosevelt used the … Continue reading

March 16, 2012 · 17 Comments

Bible Contradictions

The folks at Project Reason have created the striking poster above as a visual for what they claim are 439 contradictions found in the bible. The full poster can be downloaded free … Continue reading

February 24, 2012 · 25 Comments

Mirrors

A Twitter friend of mine who pastors in Germany, Phillip Burton (@ktownpastor), sent out this tweet yesterday that got me thinking: It’s always interesting to me how #God seems to #call us … Continue reading

February 21, 2012 · 15 Comments

The Big Idea: Part Three (Genesis 3)

This is a six part series covering the first three chapters of Genesis and the last three chapter of Revelation. These posts are not intended to be full commentary on … Continue reading

February 6, 2012 · 2 Comments

Philemon

I joined Twitter in 2007. It wasn’t very large yet, at least in terms of users, but it was creating a buzz. I did not really know what to do … Continue reading

February 4, 2012 · 16 Comments

Reconciliation

By the time we get to Matthew 5:20 we are not that far into Jesus’ sermon. Yet, it seems he has already turned our world upside down. He has instructed … Continue reading

February 3, 2012 · 5 Comments

Islam and Honor Killings

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January 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

Place

In Scripture, particularly the Old Testament, the theme of land is prominent. This might be surprising at first glance, especially in a day where booming urban centers remind us that … Continue reading

January 24, 2012 · 3 Comments

Porn

In my lifetime I have seen the social status of cigarette smoking change drastically. Throughout my adolescence and early adult life second hand smoke was something that we simply had … Continue reading

January 16, 2012 · 18 Comments

Anger

I’ve been reading a little bit on anger lately (things like this and this). And it has me thinking about how the issue is addressed in scripture. Lets start with … Continue reading

January 11, 2012 · 4 Comments

Teamwork

As an educator I have noticed there are two words that prompt a general widespread panic in a classroom faster than any others. Those two words: group project. From middle … Continue reading

January 9, 2012 · 5 Comments

What is God’s Will for My Life?

I have spent several years working with middle schoolers, high schoolers, and college students. A lot of changes happen from twelve to twenty, and many of the questions that are … Continue reading

January 2, 2012 · 10 Comments

diabetes of the teenage soul

The epidemic of adolescent obesity in the USA has been increasingly documented in recent years. Recent statistics indicate that 32 percent, or nearly 1 out of every 3 children in … Continue reading

September 3, 2008 · 10 Comments

jonathan martin on women in the cog

If you have not already checked it out I highly recommend that you read this post from Jonathan Martin regarding the discussions and vote on the issue of gender-inclusive Church … Continue reading

August 15, 2008 · Leave a comment

this sucks

With a silent blog for a week one might assume I was at the International General Assembly of the Church of God this week. The truth is that it was … Continue reading

August 11, 2008 · 54 Comments

tithe of tithes

In my denomination each local church pays a tithe of tithes (TOT) that totals 10% of the members’ tithes that come into the church. Half of that TOT goes to … Continue reading

July 29, 2008 · 13 Comments