Month: May 2015

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Is Proverbs 3:5-7 about Mysticism?

Often, I have heard Proverbs 3:5-7 brought up in discussions about decision making. Before I move any further, have a read: Pro 3:5-7 ESV Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  (6)  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.  (7)  …

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Christianese: Do something so wild it will only succeed with God’s help

A common idea in Christian circles is that young Christians should invest themselves in doing outrageous things for Christ. I submit that a better idea is contained within Matthew 10:16: Beware, I am sending you out as sheep amongst wolves, therefore be as cunning as serpents and as innocent as doves. Jesus, while sending his …

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Relationships and Identity

There is an idea that has developed in our culture that you and I can define ourselves precisely as we wish to and that so-doing is indeed the only path to happiness and human fulfillment in general. Charles Taylor described this outlook decades ago: “There is a certain way of being human that is my …

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George Herbert and Mark 8:35

We often associate Jesus’ word in Mark 8:35 with martyrdom. The reason for this, in context, is obvious: Mar 8:34-37 ESV And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. (35)  For whoever …

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Music Monday: Wednesday Edition Televators

When I was younger, I would go fishing until very late at night. Often, I would listen to the The Mars Volta as I reflected on various philosophic and theological topics. It just made sense to listen to this band when it was dark and when the moon and some distant lights were dancing on …

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Science and Terminology

So, the word science is one of the most abused terms in modern discourse. I have heard the word science being used to refer to: Nature (Look at all the science…when it’s actually a mountain or the sky being looked at) Technology (this kind of makes sense but it isn’t the same) Mathematics (this baffles …

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John’s Gospel and The Word Which was In the Beginning

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1 ESV) This verse is usually brought up with reference to the high Christology of John’s gospel, the Genesis background, or the philosophical background of λογος. These are all legitimate. But what intrigues me is that this …

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Made a List

I made a list when I was 17 of everything intended to do in my twenties. Get B.S. in computer programming and minor in Greek. Go to Seminary Learn Hebrew Get PhD. in New Testament studies Finish Black Belt in Isshin-Ryu Karate Write commentary on Sermon on the Mount Learn Latin Squat 400 Pounds Bench …

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Jesus and Being a Bit Judgy

Here is an excerpt from a sermon I preached on Matthew 7:1-5 about two years ago. Jim West reminded me of it. Jesus and Judgment Priorities for a loving and challenging community: Stop judging, so that you won’t be judged, because the way that you judge others will be the way that you will be …