Looking Forward to My Obituary

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A long, long time ago in …no wait that’s an entirely different story. Last year as I was working on furthering my theological education one of the classes I took had each student write an obituary of sorts. The goal of the assignment was to write a short biography of one’s life and ministry thinking forward to how one would like to end the race. As God’s providence would have it, I have been giving more thought to such things lately as I have been confronted repeatedly with evidence that I am not as young as I was or think I am now.… Continue reading

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Trinitarian Discussions & Church History

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Trinity in LatinAs of late it would seem a plethora of events have conspired to break the internet. Everything from a mass murder being committed to the tragic loss of a young boy while on vacation with his family. Amidst these and other current events has been an interesting and even moving occurrence among evangelicals. In case you have been blissfully disconnected, I will take a moment to explain. The theological subject of the Trinity has recently garnered what might seem like new attention, now I will not even attempt to lay out the nuances of this discussion as others more capable than myself have done so here.… Continue reading

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Back to the Basics; Baptism (REPRISE)

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REPRISE Note: I have been giving a bit of thought lately to some of the “basics” of the Faith and have a desire to pursue the course more fully. Therefore, as I lay out a plan for that particular pursuit and for sharing it with our readers I thought I would reintroduce you to our Back to the Basics series with this post from 2014.

Note: This post is written from the Believer’s or Credo Baptism point of view. For a more exhaustive treatment of this subject I would recommend the following book; Believer’s Baptism by Thomas Shreiner & Shawn Wright.Continue reading

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Back to the Basics: Apologetics

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Apologetics ShieldContrary to a popular opinion apologetics has nothing to do with saying, “I am sorry.” In other words apologetics is not concerned with apologizing, at least not in the manner folks from a Western cultural background might think. If apologetics is not about apologizing, then the next logical question is, “What exactly is apologetics?”

The English term apologetics is derived from the Greek word apologia which can be translated as ‘defense’ or ‘vindication.’ In the time period contemporary to the writing of the New Testament an apologia was a formally presented courtroom style defense of something, whether it be an idea or an action.… Continue reading

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An Example of Application

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GenesisHave you ever been reading through the Old Testament and stopped to ask, how does this affect me? Yeah, me too so recently I took the opportunity to consider a pronouncement Israel made to his sons while on his deathbed recorded in Genesis 49. What I would like to do for you today is provide some background material related to the verses 8-12 and then turn very quickly to a couple of ways you might apply the information to your own walk. In other words we are going to be talking about application of the Bible to your life!

Turning focus specifically to Genesis 49:8-12, addressing Judah, the first observation: this section turns toward the future.Continue reading

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