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1 Corinthians 10:5-12 (Falling away over food)

(1Co 10:5-6 ESV) 5 Nevertheless, with most of them God was not pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness.  6 Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did. We … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 10:1-4 (all were baptized into Moses)

(1Co 10:1-4 ESV) For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, 2 and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the … Continue reading

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The Church of the Firstborn

In the comments, for the last several days there has been discussion over the meaning of Hebrews 12:23, particularly its reference to the “church of the firstborn.” Since I have access to more exegetic resources than most, I thought I’d … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 9:20-27 (“To the weak I became weak”)

(1Co 9:20-22 ESV) 20 To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 9:11-19 (“I have made myself a servant to all”)

Paul continues to demonstrate his rights as an apostle in order to give himself as an example of how the strong must sometimes surrender their rights for their weaker brothers. (1Co 9:11-12a ESV) 11 If we have sown spiritual things among … Continue reading

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On Story: Leadership and Family

Several years ago, I wrote a review on Donald Miller’s A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life. Miller is also the author of Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality. A Million Miles … Continue reading

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A Class for Middle School Girls

A reader asked me to suggest materials to teach a Bible class for middle school girls. Really. I have four children. All boys. I understand boys. Middle school girls are well outside of my expertise. However, this much I know: … Continue reading

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On Story: Three Smooth Stones

Let’s talking about congregational leadership. I will, once again, shamelessly rip off the writings of Mark Love, this time from a post “Three Smooth Stones: Action-Reflection-Articulation.” What he describes is absolutely typical of every church everywhere:

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On Story: On Living a Bigger Story, by Mark Love

So I’ve been wandering all over the intellectual plain to say this: We need a better story. Our churches need better stories. And we individually and as families need better stories. We church leaders need to learn how to tell … Continue reading

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On Story: Further on Revelation

I give myself away, I’m sure, as a mathematician by training. That’s my undergraduate degree, and the emphasis was on theoretical mathematics — the best kind. And so I know that logic and reason necessarily trace back to certain starting … Continue reading

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