Should Christians Buy a Powerball Ticket?


1 & 2 Peter, Biblical Meditations, Christian Life, Current Events, Matthew

The current Powerball estimate is over $1 billion and counting.  It’s no wonder a recent article in The Atlantic cited this staggering statistic: “According to the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries, lotteries took in $70.1 billion in sales in the 2014 fiscal year. That’s more than Americans in all 50 states spent on sports tickets, […]

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January 10, 2016

Jesus Cannot Be Serious


1 & 2 Peter, Biblical Meditations, Christian Life, Matthew

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you (1 Pt 5.6-7). I do a fair bit of worrying.  I worry about long-term, epitaph-related matters like vocation, character and legacy. I worry about our kids’ futures and […]

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August 5, 2015

Victims of Victory: The Prosperity Gospel’s Trail of Tears


1 & 2 Corinthians, 1 & 2 Peter, 1, 2, & 3 John, Biblical Meditations, Christian Life, The Gospel

Victory is a biblical word and an especially exciting word for those in the prosperity “gospel” community.  In their defense, victory is a rich biblical theme.  We indeed have victory through and because of Jesus.  Scripture is quite clear about that. “…but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus […]

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September 20, 2014

The Church: A Chosen People


1 & 2 Peter, Church Life

But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD; you had NOT […]

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March 12, 2014

Yom Kippur and Graceland


1 & 2 Peter, Biblical Meditations, Christian Life, Current Events, Hebrews, Romans, Theology

Every Saturday The Commercial Appeal in Memphis publishes a “Faith in Memphis” section with a “Faith in Memphis Panel.”  The editor asks local religious leaders to respond to a current issue in the news.  That issue is usually about atonement when Yom Kippur rolls around each year.  Yom Kippur is the Jewish “day of atonement” […]

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September 14, 2013

Petrine Apologetics


1 & 2 Peter, Biblical Meditations

“but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and respect” (1 Pt 3.15). Many hold out 1 Peter 3.15 as the patron verse for the ministry of Christian apologetics. […]

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February 5, 2013