Scrolling through the news. Scarfing down meals. Shuttling kids to programs and practices. After a frantic autumn, I feel like I'm doing everything half-cocked. I'm trying to slow down this holiday season by rediscovering what it looks like to feast with the King.
The congregational meeting started off well enough. Prayer was said. A few announcements. However, as the evening wore on it was clear that there was unrest among the people. At a particular moment, as if choreographed beforehand, a well-known belligerent stood waving a petition of the names of others who were also displeased with the … Continue reading Church, It’s Not Okay to Act Like Old Testament Israel
"My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior...for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name." -Luke 1:46-47,49 This has been my song the past week. These words more than anything else put into words the exuberance and excitement in what the Lord … Continue reading The Lord Has Done a Big Small Thing for CSBC
Consider God. Consider that God is the Lord of the universe. Consider that as Lord He owes no one anything--certainly not us. Consider moreover that we were enemies of God. Consider that hostility toward God festered in our minds daily. Consider that every day we actually invented new ways to disobey Him, in effect giving … Continue reading Consider.
There are times when translators are befuddled. 1 Samuel 6:19 is one of those times. Here is the verse in several translations: NASB--"He struck down some of the men of Beth-shemesh because they had looked into the ark of the Lord. He struck down of all the people, 50,070 men" ESV--And he struck some of the … Continue reading Textual Criticism of 1 Samuel 6:19–When Translators Scratch Their Heads
"We have men sold to build churches, women sold to support the gospel, and babes sold to purchase Bibles for the poor heathen! all for the glory of God and the good of souls!"
https://twitter.com/Chocolate_Knox/status/1005563057722912768 "What does the Bible say about that...this is a really bad question we have to quit asking...Let me tell you a better question: What does the New Covenant teach? Or let's be more specific, What does the New Testament teach? Or even better, What does Jesus teach?" -Andy Stanley I'll bite. Even though I … Continue reading Throwing Andy Stanley a Bone: ‘What Does Jesus Teach?’