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Oct
10
Thayer Thursday – Tongues as a “sign” for unbelievers??

Thayer Thursday – Tongues as a “sign” for unbelievers??

Every Wednesday morning we have a staff meeting here at the church. It usually includes a Bible study. This past Wednesday was especially interesting. Our study was about speaking in tongues (a confusing and often misunderstood topic). We focused on Paul’s teaching about it in 1 Corinthians 14. Considering this week’s sermon is on sharing […]

Sep
28
Bishop Talbert, it’s time to find a new church

Bishop Talbert, it’s time to find a new church

“Despite the efforts of Talbert and others within a vocal minority advocating for change, the global body of Methodism has chosen to remain with the historic Christian ethic regarding human sexuality while nearly every other American mainline Protestant denomination has changed their position to accommodate widespread cultural shift on the subject of same-sex sexual ethics.”

Sep
16
How we misunderstand “submission” in marriage

How we misunderstand “submission” in marriage

“Paul wrote to a culture where it was a given that the husband was the head of the household. But as we unpack what he wrote, we see that rather than teaching people who were understood to be inherently equal that there needs to be a hierarchy, he is teaching people who are inherently hierarchical that their needs to be equality.”

Sep
6
Gay wedding cakes and religious freedom

Gay wedding cakes and religious freedom

“Unity in Christ has never required uniformity in thought when it comes to controversial ethical issues. But for most who find themselves somewhere in the middle, the culture warriors–whether flying a rainbow flag and labeling anyone who disagrees as “hateful bigots”, or rallying their people to “take back America for God” through bullhorns and dismissing any show of love to the gay community as “capitulating” to the gay agenda–don’t seem to represent the fullness of the Gospel.”

Jul
12

Christian virgins and ‘sexual compatibility’ (part 1)

“Relationships, even the best relationships, will take work. To understand another mind takes effort. Good effort, but effort none the less.”

Jul
3
Weekly Dojo Dialogues

Weekly Dojo Dialogues

“I know not everyone who reads the Dojo blog is on Facebook or Twitter, so I thought it would be good to do a semi-weekly roundup of all the disparate topics here in one place.”

Jun
18
Delusional martial arts “masters” and TV preachers

Delusional martial arts “masters” and TV preachers

“There is so much nonsense on Christian airwaves that claims to be effectively teaching and equipping people to understand God’s word. From the “Prosperity Preachers” to the “Prophecy Experts”, there is no lack of people publicly claiming the role of authoritative teacher when it comes to the things of God.

They are often no less embarrassing to legitimate Biblical scholars, preachers and teachers than the “martial arts masters” above are to legitimate martial arts instructors.”

Jun
13
Thayer Thursday – My Problem with God’s Judgment

Thayer Thursday – My Problem with God’s Judgment

“When I read 2 Thessalonians 1:4-10, it is like nails on a chalkboard. I have a hard time reconciling how God can so radically pursue the restoration and redemption of all humanity – sending His own Son to die on a cross – yet also say that He will repay the trouble that the Thessalonian church is receiving by bringing judgment on the persecutors.”

May
22
John Piper, Rachel Held Evans, and ‘a Christian ethic of blogging’

John Piper, Rachel Held Evans, and ‘a Christian ethic of blogging’

“Some of you may know about the tempest in a teapot generated by a Tweet sent out by John Piper in the wake of the Oklahoma tornado tragedy. If you’re not aware of it, here’s a quick summary…”

Apr
25
Thayer Thursday – What God wants from the wicked

Thayer Thursday – What God wants from the wicked

Two weeks ago, I wrote that one of the things we would find out through the book of Jonah is that the popular distinction of a “God of Wrath” in the Old Testament and a “God of Grace” in the New Testament is a misreading of scripture. This week, in Jonah 3:10 (an Old Testament […]

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