The Blessing of Reading Church History

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Have you looked at the Calendar lately? It is almost October!! Can you believe it?! I am in shock at how fast this year has gone for me (maybe for you also). 2018 has flown by! Now here we are at month number 10. Thanksgiving will soon be upon us and then Christmas (of course, if you shop at Hobby Lobby, you have been in the Christmas mood since May, lol).

Now, I don’t follow a church calendar per se. But then again, maybe I do. In Spring, I celebrate Good Friday & Resurrection Sunday (Easter). In October, I celebrate the Reformation.… Continue reading

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Bonhoeffer on the Ministry of Listening

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“How, then, is true brotherly service performed in the Christian community?”  German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer asks this very practical question near the outset of the fourth chapter in his relevant and helpful book Life Together.  In an attempt to flesh out the ways Christians are to serve one another in the church, Bonoeffer begins with a ministry that many of us are prone to overlook – the ministry of listening.

He writes,

“The first service that one owes to others in the fellowship consists in listening to them.  Just as love to God begins with listening to his Word, so the beginning of love for the brethren is learning to listen to them. 

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Why Movie, When you can Be “Holy”?

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“Why would we go to a movie when we could do something spiritual like pray, read our Bibles, evangelize, or serve the body?” Most of us have heard or used this logic before. I’ve heard (and used) other subjects instead of movies: television, video games, board games, sports, beverage choices, or any hobby. I certainly can remember using this line of reasoning too.

The Problem

The line of reasoning, on the surface, appears holy and god-exalting. I mean, when we really weigh reading Scripture and watching a movie, who would say a movie is godlier than Scripture? The problem often presents itself when this reasoning is used to denounce and judge a person for watching television, movies, or any other “fun” activity. … Continue reading

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Fox News, Camels And Friendship With The World

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A while back Foxnews.com published an odd article.   This site has recently taken to publishing the odd article about archaeology (it always catches my eye when some one shares a link to an article about archaeology on social media) and this one was no exception.  The basic gist of the article was that some scholars from the university of Tel Aviv have dated the oldest camel bones ever found and they dated them to the 10th century BC, well after the era of the patriarchs and thus casting doubt on the reliability of the bible because camels figure in the narratives of Genesis. Continue reading

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Stop Listening to Worship Music

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Before you think this is going to be a diatribe against Contemporary Christian Music and radio, sorry to disappoint, you’re reading the wrong blog.

Attend a biblically-solid Christian conference and many things will encourage you. Powerful preaching, rich fellowship and robust congregational singing. At different events such as T4G, Shepherds’ Conference, Sing!, Ekklesia, or my own church’s Steadfast Conference, what often strikes people is not the caliber of musicianship, but the glorious sound of voices exuberantly working together to drown out the musicians. Some events have full orchestras and bands, while others simply have a piano.Continue reading

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