Three Obscure Parenting Passages

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This summer our church worked through biblical marriage and biblical parenting. In preparation for each class, we spent time looking through the most direct statements God makes regarding each topic. During preparation our elders talked about the common loving approaches we have towards others not only in marriage and parenting but in general by serving fellow saints and evangelizing people. It’s important to nuance and understand the specific responsibilities God gives us so that we can specifically apply them in each role we carry. But I pray we do not get so nuanced we forget the general responsibilities we have towards all people. 

At the core, parenting, marriage, and life have similar responsibilities.… Continue reading

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Difficulties in Believing

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I read John’s Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress every summer. Originally Titled “This World to That Which Is to Come,” Pilgrim’s Progress is a Christian allegorical tale Bunyan wrote while in prison for the gospel. It features a man by the name of Christian who journey matches the typical ups and downs of the Christian life. Though originally published in February 1678, Pilgrim’s Progress is regarded as one of the most significant works of English literature, has been translated into more than 200 languages, and has never been out of print. You can buy a copy or find it free online or for download (or, as I have been trying this year, let Audible.com read it to you).… Continue reading

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Ministering to the Back Sliding

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We’ve all known someone with a solid Christian history but currently seems to be waning, apathetic, or getting lazy. You know, the person whose history was so grand you would happily read the biography. She was knowledgable, loving, gracious, obedient, endured trials, and encouraged others. But something has happened. A life once marked as mature seems to be waning. We wrestle with concerning thoughts, doubt, and “Is he really saved?” It’s like maturity has stopped and the Lord isn’t there anymore.  We wonder, “Will he persevere?” If you’re like me, you wonder, “How do I minister to this person?”

The good news for us, there is a biblical blue print for us in Hebrews.… Continue reading

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Book Recommendation: A Book of Comfort For Those In Sickness

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I am unapologetically a book guy, I always have been. For me books were a refuge and a comfort during a childhood that although happy wasn’t always peaches and cream. As a young adult, a city kid who moved to the mountain West, I learned a lot of the skills of that turned me into a competent outdoorsman from reading and as a new Christian in my late 20’s who had no Christian friends or relatives, along with being discipled by faithful men, I learned a lot about how to live as a Christian by reading.  As I began pastoral ministry, while also leaning on mentors, I also read, especially collections of letters, to build my skill set as a shepherd.… Continue reading

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