My Pilgrim Songs: A Birthday Meditation

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billbarrick1948January 5 comes around right regularly—every year—on my birthday. Yes, my parents were among the “Greatest Generation” who fought and lived during World War II. My birth took place in the first year of the “Baby Boomers.” January 5 marks the traditional twelfth day of Christmas—“twelve drummers drumming,” according to the popular Christmas song. I share my birthday with a number of friends and acquaintances (at least two others in our church family). Famous people also populate the birthday list: Diane Keaton (same day and year; actress), Elena Barrick (my grand-daughter), Robert Duvall (actor), Jim Otto (NFL; his son was one of my students at The Master’s Seminary), Mercury Morris (NFL), Juan Carlos I (king of Spain), Konrad Adenauer (German chancellor), Walter Mondale (American politician), Charlie Rose (TV anchor, host), Carrie Ann Inaba (“Dancing with the Stars”), Umberto Eco (semanticist and one of my favorite authors), Jane Wyman (actress, President Reagan’s first wife), George Reeves (actor—Superman), Kathleen Kenyon (British archaeologist who excavated in Israel), Stephen Decatur (US naval officer in the American Revolution), and many others.… Continue reading

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PS23 Discussions: Defending the Word II

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The PS23 men discussed the Word of God. In part 1, the men analyzed what God says about HIs Word. In this discussion, the men answer common critiques about God’s Word. We pray our answers help you navigate and defend His Word. Discussion questions include:

  • That’s just your interpretation.
  • The Spirit speaks outside the Word.
  • Does experience trump the Word of God?
  • What is the danger of relying on your own interpretation?
  • Science proves the Word inaccurate.

Feel free to critique, challenge, or discuss any of our answers or give us insight regarding what we missed. There will be a part 3 answering more questions.… Continue reading

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