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Jul
19
2017

When I was a Youth Pastor, I used to speak to my students a lot about “Echo Logic.” Echo Logic is simply believing something because you have heard it or said it multiple times. There are certain phrases and maxims that have wormed their way into the Christian conversation and that have been accepted as Gospel truth, despite the fact that they are obviously and demonstrably untrue. Three sayings in particular come to mind. Keep reading...keep reading»»


Jul
15
2017

Any passage that ends with some people being gathered into heaven and other people being cast into hell deserves serious attention. In the parable of the sheep and the goats, Jesus divides all the people of the earth into two camps; one on his right and one on his left: Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me...keep reading»»


Jul
14
2017

Matthew 24 begins what is sometimes called “The Olivet Discourse.”  In it, Jesus talks about the near and far future for the church.  Bible scholars often point out the importance of recalling the precise question the disciples asked that precipitated this entire discourse: “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” (Matthew 24:3 ESV) There are clearly two parts to that question.  Jesus had just prophesied...keep reading»»


Jul
13
2017

Marriage is a marathon, not a sprint. It is a very long journey passing through a great many twists and turns. To make it to the end with love and joy intact you will almost certainly have to pass through each of the following marital crises. The Crisis of Sin Dating is all about seeing and loving the best in each other, and so it should be. Dating is about discovery and delight but marriage is about disclosure and reality. It doesn’t take too long together under the same roof and under the...keep reading»»


Jul
05
2017

"The destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem" by Francesco Hayez (PD-US) The standard version of the RMM Bible Reading Plan takes you through the whole Old Testament once and the New Testament and Psalms twice in a single year. That means that TWICE every year I find myself wrestling with Psalm 137:8-9: O daughter of Babylon, doomed to be destroyed, blessed shall he be who repays you with what you have done to us! 9 Blessed shall he be who takes your little ones and...keep reading»»


Jun
29
2017

“Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others”. So said Winston Churchill and on most days I agree with him. It isn’t perfect; it has its challenges, but it does seem to do a good job of creating opportunity, limiting power and protecting human rights. As an idea, it is without many peers. But in practice, it is made far more difficult by the reality and ubiquity of human sin. Much the same could be said about congregational polity in the life of the church. It is the...keep reading»»


Jun
26
2017

I like car games. Nothing improves a long drive through a pleasant country more than an interesting conversation. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation on someone else’s dime, where would you go and who are the 5 people you would take with you? That’s a good question and it almost always leads to a good conversation. Another good question for your next long car ride would be this: What are the 5 sermons you remember most and why do you remember them? Keep reading...keep reading»»


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