What Israel Teaches Us About the Idolatry of Security

In pursuit of national and personal security, Israel demanded Samuel anoint for them a human king so they could be like all the other nations. For a recent class, I wrote an essay on 1 Samuel 8:4-22, the story of when Israel approached the prophet Samuel to have him...
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What Israel Teaches Us About the Idolatry of Security

In pursuit of national and personal security, Israel demanded Samuel anoint for them a human king so they could be like all the other nations. For a recent class, I wrote an essay on 1 Samuel 8:4-22, the story of when Israel approached the prophet Samuel to have him...
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Guys, Gideon was a Coward

Several years ago, I was charged with the task of heading up and ensuring the smooth operation of a week of Vacation Bible School. For whatever reason, the person normally responsible for such nonsense (the smooth operating part) was not going to be able to do it that...
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Still Crusading

Between the years of 500 ᴄᴇ and 1250 ᴄᴇ, Christianity transitioned from being the state religion of the Roman Empire to being the assumed religion of the entire Western world. The power of the Church came to transcend government and culture to become the strongest tie...
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The Gospel According to the Scriptures

In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul outlines his definition of the Gospel for the believers in Corinth. He reminds them “of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved.” This gospel, according to Paul, is “that Christ...
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The narrative channel is where we post stories and poetry to express truth in a different way.

Scripture to Me

Before As the sun rises each morning, so do I. Rays of the sun touch my face and open my eyes, and with the day’s sight my mind awakens. I lift the covers from my sleep and place my feet on the floor, no longer startled by the wooden, cold welcome. I have learned to...
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Three Flowers Out of Four

Feels good, feels right, feels ripe for destruction, The soil’s safe and fertile and all sorts of flowers may bloom, And to bloom, the blind dream of any seed, But some dreams should not come true, Three flowers out of four will be full of luster and life, but the...
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Falling on the Sword

Taking up his sword, just as the Master commanded, Nathan prepared for battle. Sharpening the blade, lifting the breastplate, cinching the belt, donning the helmet, he prepared for more than just the physical confrontation. As he cleared his mind, the Master’s...
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The Confrontation

Nate Simmons was a good guy, but we were bound to bump heads eventually.  He was a Christian, I was an atheist.  It was only a matter of time. We both were hired last spring at Kansas City International Airport to work the ramp for United Airlines.  As Nate had prior...
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Whispers of a Stronger Faith

In Whispers of a Stronger Faith: Stories of Faith and Discovery Randy Greene chronicles his story of wrestling with the fundamentalist Christian worldview in which he was raised. This short Kindle book was released in October 2016, and you can pick up a copy for just $0.99 as a Kindle book or for $5.99 in paperback.

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Guys, Gideon was a Coward

Several years ago, I was charged with the task of heading up and ensuring the smooth operation of a week of Vacation Bible School. For whatever reason, the person normally responsible for such nonsense (the smooth operating part) was not going to be able to do it that...

Still Crusading

Between the years of 500 ᴄᴇ and 1250 ᴄᴇ, Christianity transitioned from being the state religion of the Roman Empire to being the assumed religion of the entire Western world. The power of the Church came to transcend government and culture to become the strongest tie...

The Gospel According to the Scriptures

In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul outlines his definition of the Gospel for the believers in Corinth. He reminds them “of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved.” This gospel, according to Paul, is “that Christ...

Losing Christ Within the Empire

This past Saturday, Pastor Robert Jeffress led his church, First Baptist Church of Dallas, in a service at the Kennedy Center. The service, which they called a “Celebrate Freedom Rally,” was a thinly-veiled Trump rally that celebrated Donald Trump as God’s anointed...

Questions About the Masculine God

One of my favorite classes in college was an intro-level course on rhetorical criticism. When I enrolled in it, I had no idea what the class was - I just knew that it was required for my degree - but by the end of the class, I had been deeply changed. The basic idea...

Freedom from Legalism

As 2016 turned into 2017, there were several blog posts floating around the internet that introduced the concept of picking a “word for the year.” As the “My One Word” website explains, you are to “Choose just one word that represents what you most hope God will do in...

God’s Chosen: Wrestling with God and Humanity

Certain theological questions transcend time, maintaining their relevance across cultures and eras. Among those is the question of adequacy: Why does God choose me? As Christians, we often do not feel worthy of God’s call - the reality of our human failings seem like...

Joy, Such Joy, Such Unpardonable Joy

“Listen:” Kurt Vonnegut writes in Timequake, “We are here on Earth to fart around. Don’t let anyone tell you any different.” Okay, so I have done my share of farting around--more farting around than I’d care to admit--and still I wake most mornings with guts twisted...

Scripture to Me

Before As the sun rises each morning, so do I. Rays of the sun touch my face and open my eyes, and with the day’s sight my mind awakens. I lift the covers from my sleep and place my feet on the floor, no longer startled by the wooden, cold welcome. I have learned to...

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