Time for a Great Poem (evangelism)

Screenshot 2016-02-07 08.15.04“I was a nut in a tired, paper bag
One day Jesus found me,
cracked me open, salted me,
and threw me into the world
To make it thirsty for Him.”

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Posted by on February 11, 2016 in evangelism


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The Joy of Unit-Reading #22 (the Minor Prophet Haggai)

Our journey in reading 65 (of the 66) of the Screenshot 2016-01-12 07.15.19books of the Bible in one sitting continues today.  This is called unit-reading and today we are looking at the minor prophet Haggai.

God cares about the work we do — and the spirit in which we do it.

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Posted by on February 10, 2016 in unit-reading


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Time for a Great Cartoon! (counseling)

Screen Shot 2015-11-01 at 9.24.09 PMDon’t you just love Calvin’s grasp of psycho-babble?  He is able to use psychological terms to resist taking out the garbage for his Mom!

Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 1.31.18 PMOne of the great joys of my life over the last 15 years or so is co-teaching a course entitled “The Integration of Psychology and Theology.”  My fellow teacher, Dr. Allan McKechnie, is a gifted counselor — and I’ve learned a lot about myself over the years.

I’ve also gotten all the free counseling that I want!  The downside is that it has come from a class of students who are only beginning to learn how to do what we call “soul-care.”  I don’t hesitate to quote to them Job’s statement to his critical friends, “MISERABLE COUNSELORS ARE YOU ALL!”

Seriously, so many of our “issues” have a psychological dimension, don’t they?  Years ago a church I was quite fond of criticized me for making a positive statement about Christian counseling.  The critic, it turned out, was later sadly accused of a serious sexual sin (which might have been helped Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 1.23.48 PMhad he sought out biblical, godly counseling).

We are indeed “fearfully and wonderfully made” — and this includes our psychological make-up.  [I’ve been encouraged by Larry Crabb’s book Connecting if you want to pursue this area further].

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Posted by on February 7, 2016 in counseling


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The Joy of Unit-Reading #21 (the Minor Prophet Zephaniah)

We continue in our journey of reading 65 (of the 66) of the books of the Bible in one sitting.  This is called unit-reading and today we are looking at the minor prophet Zephaniah.

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Zephaniah continues the theme of the Day of the Lord.  Many warnings are given about God’s wrath — and promises are made that the Lord will restore a remnant of His people.

The Christian life is to be an active one of seeking the Lord, drawing near to Him, delighting in His love for us!

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Posted by on February 6, 2016 in unit-reading


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Time for a Great Cartoon! (simple truth)

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The pure, sweet truth.  Or a vile, contemptible lie.  At least in Calvin’s world he recognizes that truth can be known.  How one goes about knowing the truth,  however, for Calvin, is completely a matter of chance!

Christians affirm that “one’s heart cannot rejoice in what one’s mind rejects as false.”  There are good and sufficient reasons for holding to the Christian faith.  Evidences can be examined; alternative viewpoints can be critiqued; conclusions (some tentative, some firm) can be drawn.  The process is something like this:

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As you examine the many facets of biblical Christianity, aren’t you grateful for the abundance of facts that warrant your trust in Jesus? We don’t commit intellectual suicide when we choose to follow the God of the universe! That’s a conclusion for which we need no coin-flip!

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Posted by on February 5, 2016 in truth


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Paul Copan on Dawkins, Evil, and Religion

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Posted by on February 4, 2016 in apologetics


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