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New Years Resolutions

It is now 2020 and many people have already made a few resolutions for the New Year, (and some have probably already failed at those resolutions).  I have always found new year’s resolutions a bit silly.  Why wait until...

What Christmas Means to Me

Have you ever heard the Stevie Wonder song, “What Christmas means to me”?  It’s a fairly normal 1960’s Christmas song that lists off a number of special things about Christmas.  Mentioned in the song are mistletoe, smiling faces, snow...

Meditations on Philippians 4:13- Exegesis Matters

Some Bible verses seem to integrate themselves into culture.  You will hear them quoted, (sometimes misquoted), by politicians, athletes and famous stars.  In my opinion, no verse, (except maybe Romans 8:28), has become more a part of mainstream American...

Jesus didn’t vote

This week was election week in the U.S.  Americans had the chance to cast their ballot and effect change all over the country.  Voting is such an amazing freedom and a blessing.  However, I feel like voting has become...

Consequences

Humans hate consequences.  Since our creation, we have always loved to make rash decisions without giving a thought to the consequences.  Just look at Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:6:  “So when the woman saw that the tree was...

Motivation for Spiritual Disciplines

Prayer, Bible reading, meditation, service, evangelism, etc.  These are a few examples of what has been called the “spiritual disciplines.”  As Christians, we all agree these things should be consistently present in our lives.  The problem is that we...

He is Lord of Heaven, Earth and Social Media

I think everyone knows both the blessing and the curse of social media.  How amazing is it that we can stay connected with friends and family all over the world just by navigating to their page.  I have seen...

Why Our Theology of Sin Matters

Sin is just something we don’t like to talk about.  It may be because it drums up old feelings of guilt and shame.  Or it may be because it feels legalistic.  Whatever the case, we typically try to avoid...

The Offensiveness of Obedience

I was walking back to my office after class and saw some Gideons handing out Bibles to students.  I overheard one student laugh and tell his friend that he got a Bible.  Others refused to even look at the...

The Busyness Trap and why I fall for it

We are truly a people who love to be busy.  While many figured advancements in technology would give us more free time, we are busier today than at any other point in history.  But why?  Shouldn’t we have less...