Time for a Great Cartoon (reading)

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Posted by on October 31, 2014 in reading


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How are you doing with the medium stuff?

KeynoteScreenSnapz043  What is the “medium stuff” for you?  If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, are we not talking about the day-to-day living in joyful obedience, walking in this world as a salt-and-light follower of Jesus?

For me the “medium stuff” includes such items as:

(1) Making sure I’m staying in God’s Word every day.  It is my daily oxygen, my spiritual nourishment, the instrument that recalibrates my thinking and my priorities.

(2)  Treating people the way Jesus would treat them.  This involves showing His kindness, patience (that’s a tough one for me), and compassion (“Even on the highway, Lord?  C’mon!”)

(3)  Trying to keep a short account with God about my own sin, rebellion, laziness, lack of passion, etc.  For some inexplicable reason, many Christians think that confession applies only to that moment in time when we cross over from death to life, move out of the category of God’s enemies into the category of being His friends and co-workers with Christ.  In other words, when we first get saved.  No, confession should be a daily, life-long habit of the serious believer.

What practices are you following to take care of the “medium stuff”?

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Posted by on October 30, 2014 in christian life


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A Life of Living Biblically (a sermon)

A sermon I preached recently at our church in Columbia, SC.  It is a response Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 7.30.46 AMto A.J. Jacob’s experiment “A Year of Living Biblically.”

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Posted by on October 29, 2014 in christian life


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Time for a Great Cartoon! (school!)

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Posted by on October 28, 2014 in education


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A Theologian Looks at Ebola (Part 1 of 5)

What has theology to do with disease?  What insights might a Screen Shot 2014-10-19 at 7.12.13 AMteacher of theology have on such a heart-wrenching, tragic plague like the Ebola virus?

Screen Shot 2014-10-19 at 7.14.11 AMIf one’s theology, or worldview, does not include disease, it is incomplete.  A theology does not only summarize all the teachings of the Bible; it also reflects upon reality and seeks to account for both the pleasures and pains of life.

Webster’s defines a plague as: “a disease that causes death and that spreads quickly to a large number of people.”

Facts from CNN:
Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a disease caused by one of five different Ebola viruses. Four of the strains can cause severe illness in humans and animals. The fifth, Reston virus, has caused illness in some animals, but not in humans.

The first human outbreaks occurred in 1976, one in northern Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo) in Central Africa: and the other, in southern Sudan (now South Sudan). The virus is named after the Ebola River, where the virus was first recognized in 1976, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Ebola is extremely infectious but not extremely contagious. It is infectious, because an infinitesimally small amount can cause illness. Laboratory experiments on nonhuman primates suggest that even a single virus may be enough to trigger a fatal infection.

Instead, Ebola could be considered moderately contagious, because the virus is not transmitted through the air. The most contagious diseases, such as measles or influenza, virus particles are airborne.

Humans can be infected by other humans if they come in contact with body fluids from an infected person or contaminated objects from infected persons. Humans can also be exposed to the virus, for example, by butchering infected animals.

While the exact reservoir of Ebola viruses is still unknown, researchers believe the most likely natural hosts are fruit bats.

Symptoms of Ebola typically include: weakness, fever, aches, diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain. Additional experiences include rash, red eyes, chest pain, throat soreness, difficulty breathing or swallowing and bleeding (including internal).

Typically, symptoms appear 8-10 days after exposure to the virus, but the incubation period can span two to 21 days.

Unprotected health care workers are susceptible to infection because of their close contact with patients during treatment.

Ebola is not transmissible if someone is asymptomatic or once someone has recovered from it. However, the virus has been found in semen for up to three months.

Deadly human Ebola outbreaks have been confirmed in the following countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Gabon, South Sudan, Ivory Coast, Uganda, Republic of the Congo (ROC), Guinea and Liberia.

According to the World Health Organization, “there is no specific treatment or vaccine,” and the fatality rate can be up to 90%. Patients are given supportive care, which includes providing fluids and electrolytes and food.

There are five subspecies of the Ebola virus: Zaire ebolavirus (EBOV), Bundibugyo ebolavirus (BDBV), Sudan ebolavirus (SUDV), Taï Forest ebolavirus (TAFV) and Reston ebolavirus (RESTV)

To think about:  If God is sovereign over disease, how can we fight disease without fighting God?


Posted by on October 27, 2014 in Ebola


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Our last message on Job: “With Friends Like These . . . Job’s Friends and Religious Foolishness” (a sermon)

Here’s the most recent sermon that Pastor Paul and I preached, Screen Shot 2014-09-14 at 5.29.13 AMin concluding our sermon series on the book of Job.
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Posted by on October 26, 2014 in the book of Job


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“Top Ten Mistakes” Now Available!


I have finally completed my little booklet “Top Ten Mistakes Students Screen Shot 2014-10-24 at 6.00.51 AMMake on Research Papers — and How to Avoid Them!”  As both an undergrad and graduate professor, I’ve read scores (if not hundreds) of research papers.  Some of them were, well, just awful, and reminded me of papers I had written during my years of education.  Others were outstanding and needed to get published!

What makes the difference between the two kinds of research paper?  There are many factors, of course, but one factor concerns grammar and form mistakes most of us make.  I’ve discussed the Top Ten of these along with practical suggestions as to how to avoid them.

Screen Shot 2014-10-03 at 2.25.54 PMThe first ten people that enter a comment on my blog (and provide me a mailing address) will receive a FREE COPY of “Top Ten Mistakes.”  For those who wish to order a copy, a payment of $5 to our PayPal account ( will get you one sent first class to the address you provide.


Posted by on October 25, 2014 in writing


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