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Figures of Speech In The Bible

Figures of Speech In The Bible

We are currently going over steps to form a better understanding of the Bible, the central text of the Christian faith. Last week I wanted us to learn some tips for reading Laws of the Old Testament. and this week we’ll take a look at some of the figures of speech in...
Tips for reading Parables

Tips for reading Parables

“And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and...

Reading The Bible Well: “Stories” Part 4 of 13

We are currently going over steps to form a better understanding of the Bible, the central text of the Christian faith. Last week I wanted us to understand how to read New Testament Letters Well and this week we’ll focus on some tips for reading the stories of the...
Pastor: The Call of Duty

Pastor: The Call of Duty

We have very high ideals of people in leadership. The President of the United States is expected to not only be the political leader of the country, but he also must be the moral, social, economic, etc…I mean, why do Christians expect their Presidents to...

The Playground of Heavenly Reality: Pneumatological Sacramentalism

My early Christian experience was largely in church traditions that were about as far from any form of sacramentalism that one could get. Our family attended churches within the Evangelical and Charismatic movements, none of which ever used the word “sacrament.”...

John Wesley and the Supernatural

John Wesley is considered one of the greatest figures in the history of Western Christianity. In fact, Methodists, Wesleyans, Nazarenes, Pentecostals, and all Holiness movements  lay claim to Wesley as their “founder”, or as the “grandfather” of their movement. This...
Hey can I borrow the keys to the Church?

Hey can I borrow the keys to the Church?

Do you remember the first time your mom or dad handed you the car keys? I was 16. I remember the heavy feeling of freedom and responsibility churning in my stomach as I started my mom’s little blue Ford Ranger. The car couldn’t start soon enough and new chapter in my...
Intentional Design

Intentional Design

I read Sandra Richter’s Epic of Eden last summer which really resonated with me. She wrote this book as a way to introduce Christians to the Old Testament because let’s be honest, we all have a little Marcionite in us. We prefer the New Testament to the...
Have they institutionalized Jesus?

Have they institutionalized Jesus?

I’m a pretty big baseball fan. I enjoy the game. Not only do I enjoy the game I enjoy the institutionalization of the game. Big brick buildings, nice seats, hot dogs the whole works. The  sights, the sounds mmmm… yup! the whole experience. I’m a...
How Should A Pastor Teach?

How Should A Pastor Teach?

Here are 14 simple ways that a pastor should teach. Click To Tweet Teach Descriptively: It might seem difficult at first to do for some new pastors or perhaps even pastors emerging out from underneath a fundamentalist rock but it is very important that your teaching...
Missional “Word” from 1970 (Girard 4)

Missional “Word” from 1970 (Girard 4)

Bob Girard’s Brethren, Hang Loose is almost a half century old. Not exactly what you’d call a current title in the whole missional community emphasis of today. And yet Girard speaks into our present day, almost prophetically, calling us to think deeply...