August 16, 2019

  It’s mid-August. Every year at this time, professional football teams engage in training camp, preparing for the regular season. At the same time, rabid fans devour information from sports writers about their favorite teams. It’s a busy time of year in the world of sports. As I reflect upon the kind of dedication it takes to be a professional athlete, it makes me think about what scripture says about discipleship. There are some interesting parallels between the two. So… Read more

August 9, 2019

The other day, I ran across a blog here at Patheos titled Illogic in the Garden of Eden Story. As I am currently preaching a series on Genesis 1-11, the creation story is fresh in my mind. Though the title promised a less than sympathetic reading of the text, my curiosity prevailed. Having read the post, I can report that the content basically met my expectations. On the one hand, I found the author’s reading of the text problematic. As… Read more

August 7, 2019

by Natasha Smith Antique Appeal Why do antiques captivate a collector’s imagination? Why do people pay so much for someone else’s old “junk”? The answer is simple. Antiques have histories. They represent bygone eras that many of our contemporaries find fascinating. They connect us with memories of what has been that inspire what still may be. We might even connect ourselves to a glorious legend by preserving antiques, visiting ruins, and studying artifacts of legendary events. I recently strolled through… Read more

August 5, 2019

Stanley Hauerwas is famous for saying that “It’s the church’s job to help the world understand that it is the world.” [If this it the first time you’ve heard this slogan, you may need to pause a bit and reflect on what it might mean.] If by “world” he means “the organization of society in rebellion to Christ’s Lordship,” then he’s certainly right. But I would take this dictum a step further. “It’s the church’s job to help the world… Read more

August 2, 2019

Today, I want to talk about the important role grief plays in being a disciple of Jesus. It’s currently on my radar because, in my observation, there are far too many Christians whose radar it’s not on. I cite as evidence A the fact that you don’t find many Christian books, sermons, podcasts, or songs that celebrate the virtues of grief. I suspect that a book titled “God Wants You to Grieve” wouldn’t fly off the shelves. I don’t know… Read more

July 31, 2019

One of my favorite shows to watch is Undercover Boss. Basically a big wig in a company goes undercover to see how that company is operating. The great thing about “Undercover Boss” is that people say things and act in ways they never would have if they knew they were in the presence of the boss. So it makes for some very candid moments and some very uncomfortable situations. One scene I remember involved the CEO of the Checkers fast… Read more

July 26, 2019

As archeologists dig through layers of dirt, they often rediscover long lost and forgotten treasures. Likewise, when we dig deep into the history recorded in the Bible, we can discover lost or forgotten truth. In today’s blog, I want to dig into the biblical history of the term “church.” What some will find surprising (but not those who regularly read our blog or listen to our podcast), is that the NT use of the term is grounded in Israel’s history…. Read more

July 26, 2019

By Tommy Moehlman Lessons from LARPing Growing up, my pals and I commandeered a small wooded area where we played hide and seek after school. We spent a lot of time LARPing (that’s Live Action Role Playing for you muggles).  We knew this place better than our own neighborhoods—which paths to travel, where poison ivy grew, and what patches of thickets and thorns to avoid. So we developed eyes to see the natural paths that guided our feet in and… Read more

July 24, 2019

In my previous post I talked about the need to interpret the Bible on its own terms, but I didn’t really give any specific ways to do that. This post is intended to help with that lofty goal of contextualizing the Bible in order to better interpret it. How to Ruin a Biblical Narrative* *I use the term “narrative” somewhat loosely. Genesis 1-11 contains narrative, but a very different type than one might find in Kings. Basically, it is any… Read more

July 22, 2019

About 2 years ago, after I had just been hired at GLCC, I accompanied one of our VPs to a Northern Indiana Men’s Fellowship. I was introduced as the OT professor and I gave a message. Afterward I was greeting some of the men and the inevitable question was asked of the “OT Guy”—“Do you take Genesis literally?” Ah the age old question of interpretation.  It’s a terrible position to be put in. Especially because it’s hard to distill lots… Read more

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