Funny Things Kids Say

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Over the last couple of days, my kids have said some funny things. First, as I was putting Zion down for a nap yesterday he says to me “Daddy, I have something to tell you.”. I said to him, “Ok, what is it?”. He says, Sometimes big people say things that little people don’t understand! [Read More...]

What does Terra Nova and NT Greek Have in Common?

What does the hit  TV show Terra Nova (filmed in Australia) and NT Greek have in common? My youngest daughter and I love watching Terra Nova. It’s become our Sunday night ritual to watch it. And it’s been bugging me for a week that Lucas Taylor (Commander Taylor’s Son) played by Ashley Zukerman reminds me [Read More...]

Read the Greek NT in a Year

Over at Denny Burk’s blog, he posts on Lee Iron’s schedule for reading the Greek New Testament in a Year! I will probably try this myself (and hopefully finish it too!). [Read more...]

Excellence in Preaching

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Excellence in Preaching: Studying the Craft of Leading Preachers (IVP, 2011) presents the composite of a good preacher. Simon Vibert of Wycliffe Hall in Oxford has written this book profiling some of the most gifted preachers in the Western Hemisphere. The preachers profiled in the book illustrate 12 things good preachers do well.   Tim [Read More...]

Practices of the Church 4, Spiritual Gifting, the Fullness of Christ

The fourth practice of the church in John Howard Yoder’s book Body Politics: Five Practices of the Christian Community Before a Watching World he calls the “Fullness of Christ”. Based on Ephesians 4:11-13 and 1 Corinthians 12, Yoder defines the fullness of Christ as A new mode of group relationships, in which every member of [Read More...]

A Christmas Prayer

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  Almighty God, you have given your only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and to be born this day of a pure virgin: Grant that I, who have been born again and made your child by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit; through my Lord Jesus Messiah, to [Read More...]

Celebrating Advent with a Young Family

In this fourth and final week of Advent we lit the candle of Hope. The devotion we followed labeled the four candles: Promise, Light, Love and Hope. Each week we’ve been anticipating the coming of Jesus. We’ve meditated on God’s promise to send his Son to be the light of the world, the very embodiment [Read More...]

The Kind of Pastor You Want to Be

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Most pastors in ministry I know had a vision of what they wanted to be as a pastor before entering the ministry. Many still do. But a good many of those pastors are now frustrated, or unsatisfied or angst-filled because they are not being the pastor they want to be. Recently I was having coffee [Read More...]

Prayer for the Final Week of Advent

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Purify my conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Messiah, at his coming, may find in me a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. [Read more...]

My Christmas Sermon: The Nativity According to Stephen King

It’s Christmas. So put up your nativity sets. Polish up your star of Bethlehem. Feed the donkeys. Put your plastic baby Jesus in the manger. I guess we should dress up as shepherds, wise men, and angels. Let’s do the nativity all over again as we do every year. Get some cute little girl to [Read More...]

An Atheist Christmas Address … that is Actually Good!

Now I’m no atheist. I think atheism is very “retro,” very 1950s and 60s, back in the hey day of logical positivism, but it is not a serious intellectual option for me. Even the new atheists tend to be cranky, snide, and hate-filled old men who do for the good of humanity what Hannibal Lecter [Read More...]

Christmas and the Priesthood

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An often overlooked aspect of the Christmas story of Luke’s Gospel is the emphasis on the priesthood. The first character introduced in the story is a priest (Zechariah) who is in the Temple preforming a priestly act (burning incense): Priest, Temple, priestly activity. What’s more, we are told that Mary is related to Elizabeth who [Read More...]

Michael Licona’s new ministry “Risen Jesus”

Watch this clip about Michael Licona’s new ministry initiative called Risen Jesus. If you have a church, college, school, or ministry that is interested in guest lecturers in apologetics, then I heartily commend Michael Licona to you. [Read more...]

Christmas in a Nutshell

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The Myth of Tolerant Paganism

My former post December 25th Means the Triumph of Christianity over Paganism caused a bit of an uproar in pagan circles. Just read the comments. My wife reads my blog so I won’t repeat the content of some of those comments. Across the street at the Patheos Portal, Star Foster responds in a post When [Read More...]


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