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George Romero, Showbread, and Being Married

Warning: post uses Zombie imagery. If that grosses you out then too bad or don’t read it. Note: I do not write this post to secretly reveal any personal problems, but only to reflect upon the nature of marriage, a favorite song, and the Biblical text. One of my favorite bands since 2004 has been …

Bible, Christianity

Redeeming Self-Love

For the Christian, there is a right and wrong way to love yourself or your own life. One can disqualify you from being a disciple of Christ: If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, …

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A helpful excerpt from the Heidelberg Catechism

Q. 22 .What then must a Christian believe? A. All that is promised us in the gospel, a summary of which is taught us in the articles of the Apostles’ Creed, our universally acknowledged confession of faith. The catechism goes on to list the promises of the movements of the Creed. It is very helpful. …

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In which Lady wisdom is an analogy for your spouse.

In a previous post I mentioned that to become wise, you must flirt with Lady Wisdom. Proverbs 8:32-36 notes that she’s interested in men who study at her gates. Similarly, I submit that in marriage a husband should study his wife. Not in the sense of being a panderer or a sycophant (that ruins friendships, …

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On Greek, Lexicons, and the LXX

It should be a truism that knowing Greek (or at least being familiar with it) is useful for preachers. I would go further and say that it is necessary for a long term ministry because knowing the Scripture in the original gives allows the preacher to explain the Bible not only in terms of his …

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Entitlement Culture and Forgiveness

In a study published by the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology in 2004 it was concluded that: Forgiveness, though widely admired as a virtue, sometimes brings costs for self-interest. In the wake of deep hurt, those who forgive must humbly set aside hateful thoughts and vengeful fantasies that seem perfectly justified. To forgive means to cancel …

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Flirting with Lady Wisdom

“So listen to me, children! Blessed are those who obey me. Listen to instruction and be wise. Don’t ignore it. Blessed is the person who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at my doorways—because those who find me find life and gain favor from the LORD. But whoever sins against me destroys …

Book-Review, Christianity, Culture

Ancient Sexual Ethics

“For traditional societies, social justice, and not sexual conduct, is the basis for morality. Consequently, teaching dealing with virginity, marriage, divorce, infidelity, adultery, promiscuity, and rape are concerned not only with the sexual relationships of individuals or couples, but also with the social and economic relationships between the households in the village as a whole.” …