Two Invitations

As I grew up, I became very acquainted with the typical invitation at the end of a sermon in the Church of Christ. Whether it was a flannel graph, a printed handout, or a chalk drawing, the invitation always involved a picture and an explanation. The teacher first showed us a staircase, a ladder, or any structure designed for ascent. … Read More

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What Do You Mean?

 often see church advertisments, both in the newspaper and on church signs, claiming this or that particular church to be a Biblical church. The question I often have after such a sighting is, “What do you mean by Biblical?” My tone when asking such a question is in no way that of a sassy cynic. I do not immediately assume … Read More

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Bible Myth #8 – You Must Not Be Incorrect

I grew up in a tradition that believed it was right about everything. This sounds audacious but it is actually a common problem. Many traditions believe that their particular brand of Christianity is the most correct out of all the brands of Christianity, if not the only completely and totally correct tradition. I am not super offended by this belief. … Read More

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Bible Myth #7 – The Bible is Easy

Last week we took a stab at the common belief that the Bible is too difficult. It turns out that the Bible is understandable and it can affect your life for the better. But let’s not get so smitten with the digestible nature of scripture that we fall victim to Myth #7. The Bible can be read and understood. Most people … Read More

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Bible Myth #6 – The Bible is too Difficult

Studying the Bible is a daunting task, especially if you have never studied the Bible. You might not know where to start. You might not think you can understand all the different passages. You may even get confused and give up. Do not fear. Your worries, while grounded in some truth and maybe even some experience, are based on a … Read More

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Bible Myth #5 – The Best Translation

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As a student and teacher of the Bible, I am asked one question more than any other when it comes to Bible Study. “What’s the best translation?” I never actually answer this question because it assumes a very common myth about Bible study: The best translation of the Bible. This wild mythological creature is claimed to have been spotted all … Read More

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Bible Myth #4 – Not Quite a Love Letter

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Last week, we looked at the common, yet mistaken belief that the Bible is a book of rules. This week I would like to dive into an equally common idea that is also not the whole truth. The Bible is a our love letter from God.  Nope. God does indeed love you. The Bible contains written correspondence. Also, the Bible … Read More

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Bible Myth #3 – A Book of Rules

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I have started a series of weekly posts called Bible Study Myth Busters. The purpose is to help those who wish to study their Bible more effectively avoid some common misconceptions. Myth #3 The Bible is a Book of Rules This won’t be a long post, but I want to get this one out of the way. Does the Bible … Read More

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Resolutions for Today

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It is March 4, so I am naturally writing about New Year’s Resolutions. How’s that going for you? How are you doing with this year’s resolution? Statistics say you aren’t doing great. History says that you have given up, given in, and admitted defeat. A New Year’s resolution often does not endure because of the expanse of time it hopes … Read More

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Bible Myth #2 – The Bible Was Written To Us

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Last Friday I started a series of weekly posts called Bible Study Myth Busters. The purpose is to help those who wish to study their Bible more effectively avoid some common misconceptions. Myth #2 The Bible was written to us. This is not a myth that many people will voice aloud, but it is commonly understood to be true. Walk … Read More

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Reveal Your Ignorance

The wisest people I know rarely focus on how much they know, but instead on how much is left to learn. This is very hard to accomplish. When I learn something, I am proud of my new knowledge. I am excited about teaching it to others and letting them learn it too. It’s a great feeling. However, the conveyance of … Read More

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Bible Study Myth Busters – Part 1 – Context

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Today, I will begin a series of weekly posts (every Friday) called Bible Study Myth Busters. I want to help those who wish to study their Bible more effectively avoid some common misconceptions. I hope you find this helpful. Since I fancy myself a bit of a mathematician, we are going to start with Myth #1. Myth #1 In order … Read More

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Start Again

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I haven’t ran in a long time. (I haven’t written a blog in a long time either). In the beginning of this cold spell, I thought I had a good excuse by blaming the cold. It was really cold. I also had hurt my ankle pretty bad playing basketball. Then I hurt my knee pretty bad playing basketball. My basketball … Read More

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3 Reasons You Shouldn’t be Offended by “Happy Holidays”

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Happy Holidays everybody!!! Some people don’t like hearing that phrase this time of year. The American Family Association has called for a one month boycott on Radio Shack because they don’t have the word Christmas in any of their ads. One might assume by our outrage every December that the Bible says a lot about boycotting businesses that do not … Read More

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Me, Tom, and Peyton Manning

Last night, the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots played a fantastic overtime game. I watched the whole game except for the last fifteen seconds. I turned it off. I went to bed. I was frustrated. You see, I’m a Peyton Manning fan. I think he is the best quarterback of his generation, if not of all time. Also, … Read More

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A Starbucks Story

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A few years back, Rachel and I were leaving Waco, TX and stopped by Starbucks (a quaint little coffee shop on the way out of town). When asked for our order, we simply said, “the usual.” After being met with a blank stare from the drive-thru speaker, we assumed that the person taking our order was a new employee and … Read More

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Scot McKnight

If you haven’t heard of Scot McKnight, your preacher has done you a disservice. If I am your preacher, you should’ve been paying more attention. Scot McKnight is a scholar, a writer of such an intellectual caliber that one of his earlier books is subtitled Jewish Missionary Activity in the Second Temple Period. He is SUPER smart and has written … Read More

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