I remember my mother telling me as a teenager, “When you have your own children I hope they act just like you did when you were little...” At the time I sat back, laughing and thinking to myself, “Ha! Like that will happen...” Well, yeah... that happened... Try as I might to avoid it, my little boys act an awful lot like their old man and it's not always pretty...
Websites, media channels, and blogs will give you a plethora of explanations of how marriage should be defined and why, but to understand the biblical view of marriage we need to first understand WHY it's important. Both the Old and New Testaments put an emphasis on this "institution" and it's context in society. They both… Continue reading Biblical Marriage Part I: Contracts & Covenants
Read Part II: Hanukkah & the God-Man "We are not human beings on a spiritual journey; we are spiritual beings on a human journey." - Frank Burns, Pastor, South Shore Community Church The history of Hanukkah is an amazing story of devotion to God by His people in the midst of apostasy and oppression (see… Continue reading Hanukkah: Abomination & Dedication- a Practical Application
Read Part 1: Hanukkah Blessings: a Christian Celebration If you're like me then you never really gave much thought to the connection between Jesus and Hanukkah. The Jewish Festival of Lights often seemed to me to be little more than another winter holiday that had no bearing on my own life. However, in recent years… Continue reading Hanukkah & the God-Man
Today is Wednesday 17, December 2014. For most Christians in this country (USA), today marks 9 days until Christmas. Only 9 days of shopping left before the big day! However today also marks the first day of Hanukkah, commonly considered the Jewish Christmas-alternative. But Hanukkah is so much more than another not-Christmas holiday. It has… Continue reading Hanukkah Blessings: A Christian Celebration
Session 6 of the Modern Day Heresy class marked a kind-of transition. Up to this point the lessons had focused on what I would consider more internal matters starting with how the individual views Christ and what role he holds in the individual's life and progressing to whether the believer actually believes what Jesus says. In session… Continue reading Accommodation to Worldliness
Universalism Pt 2 is the follow up to the Survey of Universalism from the Modern Day Heresy class. This post covers some of the concepts of Hell and what Jesus believed and said about Hell.
A brother from my church has been teaching a class that has been going through the book Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples by Francis Chan and Mark Beuving with David Platt. It's been interesting and enlightening thus far and the wonderful thing about the Church is that our goal is not to turn a huge profit, but… Continue reading On Studying the Bible Logically
To those of you who have been asking about the rest of the Modern Day Heresy notes, I have returned with session 4. Thanks for waiting so patiently as life has been quite hectic as of late and I wanted to make sure I put this together in a way that does justice to the… Continue reading Universalism Pt. 1 – A Survey of Universalism