From Ghoul to Yule (We’re Just Not Halloween People)


Christian Life, Church Life, Current Events
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In the 21st century the holiday season begins when summer ends. Stores capitalize on the Halloween-Thanksgiving-Christmas-New Year’s Eve sales boon.  The summer landscape transforms into a graveyard that quickchanges into the North Pole.  Spider webs give way to icicles.  Zombies concede the lawn to reindeer.  Strobe lights dim into candles.  Tombstones become nativities.  Ghostly shrills quiet into carols.  Candy […]

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October 31, 2017

The Masculine Gospel: All Girls Allowed


Biblical Meditations, Christian Life, Church Life, Galatians, Romans, The Gospel, Theology
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“Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God” (Gal 4.7). The gospel of Jesus Christ is decidedly masculine but it is neither discriminatory nor chauvinist.  In fact, the glory of the gospel is wrapped up in its masculinity rightly understood.  Given the context of […]

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March 8, 2017

New Year Resolution: Better “Out Loud Time”


Biblical Meditations, Christian Life, Church Life
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It’s that time of year again.  Resolutions.  The New Year welcomes full gyms and empty bank accounts. For many Christians it also brings more attention to Bible-reading/devotional plans and “quiet time” discipline. I certainly hope to be more diligent in that respect. The “quiet time” has become stock language for Christians. By it we mean […]

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December 20, 2016

You’ve Elected Trump, Now Start Fostering & Adopting


Christian Life, Church Life, Current Events
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I didn’t vote for Donald Trump.  We live in a “red” state where the Republican candidate could’ve spared 650,000 third-party votes without affecting the outcome.  We could’ve helped loosen the media’s stranglehold on the two-party system.   And we could’ve helped to field more promising candidates in 2020.  In reality, a vote for Trump in Tennessee was […]

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November 9, 2016

The Faith That Saves (Part 2)


Biblical Meditations, Christian Life, Church Life, The Gospel, Theology
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(Re)read Part 1. Imagine walking on railroad tracks with a friend. You see a faint light growing larger and conclude a train barrels toward you.  You and your friend begin to argue about what sort of train it is.  You’re sure it’s a coal train from Pittsburgh.  Your friend insists its a passenger train from Chicago.  You argue your […]

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October 29, 2015

The Faith That Saves (Part 1)


Biblical Meditations, Christian Life, Church Life, The Gospel
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Calvinists and nonCalvinists have fought about the origin of saving faith for centuries.  Calvinists insist God grants saving faith to the elect at the moment of conversion.  NonCalvinists insist God has granted everyone the ability to believe the gospel and must be rightly persuaded.  No one has any ability or everyone has some ability.  Important distinctions, to be sure. But […]

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October 27, 2015