Scripture Reflections

Growing Up

This is adapted from a sermon I gave yesterday at Mars Hill University’s homecoming chapel service. The sermon text was 1 Corinthians 13:8-13. Continue reading

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Light in the Darkness

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
-John 1:1-5 (NRSV) Continue reading

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Something Bigger

“I’m tired. Is any of this really making a difference? Are we simply kicking against the goads? Are we just rearranging the deck furniture on the Titanic? Are our efforts in vain? Are we simply biding our time until the world ends, fire consumes it all, and it’s over?”  Continue reading

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The “Meanings” of Christianity: Faith

Another frequently used word in our vocabulary is the word ‘faith’. “Do you have faith in Jesus?” we ask. He’s struggling with his faith. She has told me that she has doubts that challenge her faith daily. Faith can mean belief, trust, religion, or a plethora of other things. In this way, faith is a word that we need to figure out. What does this word mean? What does it have to do with following Jesus?  Continue reading

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The Church as Christ

I’m teaching 1 Corinthians in Sunday School, and I’m constantly being challenged and enlightened by this wonderful letter. Paul is worried by a church dividing, and in love he confronts, teaches, and encourages unity. He teaches tolerance, bearing with one another. He tells us to care for those who are weaker, deferring our freedom for the good of others. All of this with the goal that the church be healthy in it’s inner relationships as well as in it’s testimony to those outside of its walls. Continue reading

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Feeling the Bible

We want to know truth. We search for truth. Some of us study for years and years trying to grasp truth. We scrutinize, interrogate, and judge in order to arrive at the truth. We do this in many circumstances, including with the Bible, but we have to ask, is this right? Continue reading

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Toothbrushes and Job

Let me paint you a portrait of a normal nighttime routine for Bekah and me. We decide we’re both tired and it’s time to go to bed. Bekah goes to the bedroom to put on her pajamas while I begin my teeth-cleaning ritual. First I painstakingly floss between each tooth, then I brush my teeth ad nauseum,  after which I use a mouth rinse just for good measure. After finishing all of this, I go to the bedroom to find Bekah already in bed .

“Aren’t you going to brush your teeth?” I ask.

“Ugh. I’m already comfortable. I’ll do it tomorrow morning,” comes the response. Then I sigh, shrug my shoulders, and get into bed.  Continue reading

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Faith Enough?

At times, I don’t feel like I have enough faith. I doubt, and it troubles me. How can I, an ordained missionary, have doubts? Doesn’t that sound like a contradiction? I wonder, however, if it isn’t a contradiction. What if our doubts and struggles with belief actually make us better able to serve?
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Gospel for the outsiders

Recently, Bekah and I have been reading through the Gospel of Matthew in our devotional times. One night, as I was reading Matthew 4:23-25, the most unusual word caught my attention: “Syria.” Continue reading

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