Archive for February, 2010

On Purpose! The Seduction of Idolatry – Sincerity

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

  Sincere sins, how’s that for an oxymoron? Just because a sin is blatantly wrong, does not mean its motive is obviously mistaken. We can sincerely sin. That’s one of the paradoxes of sin. We assume wrongly that the means justifies the end.   Romans 3:8 ESV  And why not do evil that good may […]

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On Purpose! The Seduction of Idolatry – Subtlety

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

      How easy is it to mock the sins of ancient societies as irrelevant to our age or level of spirituality? How easy is it to blame their silly superstitions as simple ignorance? But if we do, are we any better than those self-enlightened ones who disdain theism or religion as irrelevant and unsophisticated? Doesn’t […]

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Wonders from the Word – Baseball and the Doctrine of Christ (2 John 9)

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Ahh, baseball season. I love hearing the smack of a leather glove and the crack of the bat. What I do not love is an umpire making up his own rules. Used to be that the strike zone was defined and defended by the rule book. Now too many umps have their own strike zone. […]

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Wonders from the Word – Wisdom (James 1:5)

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Are we wise? I seem to pray for wisdom more today than in bygone years. Either I am realizing the greater need, or how unwise I truly am, or more likely a combination of both.   In contemplating wisdom I have a thought or two:·         I often do not respond immediately to what is said or written. I calculate […]

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Wonders from the Word – Read With Intent (Mark 3:5)

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

The Bible is not a fictional play, but I sometimes wish it were. No I am not wishing it to be inauthentic so that I may excuse my behavior and do as I please. What I mean is that man-made scripts often “set the scene.” Scripts give written instruction for how the lines are to […]

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Wonders from the Word – Say What? (Matthew 16:5-12)

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

It is no wonder that people misunderstand me when I preach.  No, I am not referring to my frequent verbal faux pas, mangling of multiple syllabic words, or even the occasional disconnect between my brain and mouth – sometimes the inserted foot makes for a bad connection.  No, I am not surprised that people misunderstand […]

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