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A Chronological Bible Is an Impossible, Unwanted Edition

Higher biblical criticism had many objectives, one of which was to reconstruct the historical events behind the Biblical text.  In particular, scholars spilled thousands of bottles of ink trying to determine the chronology behind the four Gospels.  The primary objective was to see through the Biblical text to the true, concrete, unfiltered history it encapsulated.…

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Noah: The Story You Missed

I think we have a dozen different children’s books telling the story of Noah’s Ark sitting in my sons’ bookshelves.  The story of Noah is such a familiar tale, and it is usually treated in this way: a self-contained narrative, plucked out of its home in Genesis and plunked into a children’s book.  It has…

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We Must Rejoice with the Truth Wherever It Is Found

These days it seems the national pastime is drawing lines in the sand.  We have lost our ability to discern nuance and subtlety in any topic of discussion, and issues quickly polarize into us vs. them.  The greatest fear in public discourse is admission that the other side may even be remotely on target.  Validation…

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Why Isn’t the Bible More Black and White?

Why is the Bible so circuitous?  Have you ever wondered, “Why doesn’t God just come out and say what he means?”  Things are rarely black and white; the Bible is full of narratives that spell things out in 50 different shades of gray. Wouldn’t the Christian life be a lot easier if the whole Bible…

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Was Victoria Osteen Really That Off Base?

“When you come to church, when you worship him, you’re not doing it for God really. You’re doing it for yourself, because that’s what makes God happy. Amen?”  -Victoria Osteen This statement finished this week’s astounding viral.  Victoria Osteen proclaimed worship to be about your happiness; when we are most happy in worship and in…