Let us Revive Charity

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Probably no day passes without hearing something odd or even wrong. Most of us probably have one or two friends who says the weirdest, most off the wall thing on our social media page or in private. I certainly know my wife has heard me say things, that without knowing me as well as she does, would be grounds for “the look”, flogging, or no supper. But she is charitable.

Communication among close friends is comforting. I love knowing a friend so well when he says something odd, he doesn’t have to clarify, I just know what he meant. I love how this reciprocates to me too.… Continue reading

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In Gratitude for the Blue Planet

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Earlier this year, my family and I had the opportunity to visit the Space Center. It was sort of like taking my inner nerd out for a field trip.* I don’t think I could ever work in that field because math isn’t my strong suit, but I am fascinated by the unknown and vastness of the heavens. I learned a ton about the new developments in space exploration. Did you know that NASA is now sharing space with private space exploration companies (like Blue Origin and SpaceX)? SpaceX has a rocket that comes back to its landing spot. It’s freakishly sci-fi movie-like.Continue reading

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Sex

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Talking about sex among conservative Christians might appear to be edgy. Maybe we’re just trying to get more hits and go viral? Trying to play the Mark Driscoll card? Nope. Sex and how we view it is a problem in our culture. If you’ve counseled couples, then you know this is a serious issue with many problems. I have no desire to write this to be racy. Instead, due to the amount of problems surrounding this issue, this article is an attempt to help minister to people. When it comes to this discussion, it seems there are two popular approaches (that I’m aware of).… Continue reading

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Observing Natural Revelation—Thinking about Creation

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For the past ten years I have been involved in teaching on rafting trips through the Grand Canyon. The subject matter consists of Genesis 1–11 regarding creation and the Noahic flood. With each trip I exhort the participants to be observant—to look at everything they see, to consider what they can learn about their Creator. The book of Job provides one of the texts I use for this exhortation: Job 12:7–10.

Wisdom and the Deep Things of God

Just before Job launches a three-chapter discourse (Job 12–14), Zophar speaks briefly (Job 11) of wisdom and the deep things of God (Job 11:7–9).… Continue reading

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Receiving Criticism

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Seminary has some weird moments. One of the more awkward classes is this torturous thing called Preaching Lab. This involves about 7 students, a professor, and a video camera. Students take turns throughout the semester preaching sermons in class. Typically, there will be 2 sermons per class. (It’s usually as awkward as it sounds). Having preached a sermon, you get immediate feedback from both your professor and your fellow classmates. Then you get the added pleasure of having to go home and watch the video for self critique. The labs are actually helpful, if not painful. Friendly fire is still fire, but hey, at least it’s friendly.… Continue reading

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