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All Sizzle, No Steak

The phrase “all sizzle and no steak” has always been one of my favorite. It’s such a powerful phrase that evokes an immediate understanding. We’ve all been hungry, waiting for our food, able to hear it sizzling in a pan, able to smell it cook, with our mouths watering. And then, we’re let down. The sound, the smell, the anticipation has heightened our expectations, and yet what we received has fallen far short. Is this something that we in the…

Win the Argument, Lose the Soul

Have you ever seen someone’s online bio read: My opinions are my own. It’s a way of offering a disclaimer that their personal opinions shouldn’t be connected unfairly to their place of employment. My online bio reads: My opinions are my own, but they should be yours as well. Now, I obviously meant that as a joke, but there are times when that feels too true for my own good. Hold on My Heart When I get into an argument…

Creating and Accomplishing Your New Year’s Resolutions

It’s February. The ground hog has come and gone, and statistically, you’ve probably already given up on your New Year’s Resolutions. Ever wondered why? For the past few weeks, I’ve been teaching a class on Wednesdays about how to create and accomplish our New Year’s resolutions. In the first we of the class, we answered the question I asked you at the start of this post: Why do our resolutions fail? In the second week, we looked at how to…

Why Catechism?

Every Monday throughout 2017, I’ll be sharing the weeks catechism question in our Facebook group. Some of you know exactly what a catechism is because you grew up in a church that regularly uses them. Others have no idea, and you’re the ones I’m writing to because I was one of you. What is a catechism? Simply put: it’s a series of questions and answers designed to help a person grow in their knowledge of Christian doctrine. Generally, these are…

The Miracles of the Second Covenant

In Exodus 14, the Israelites were on their way out of Egypt when they came upon a considerable road block: the Red Sea. As the Egyptian army approached to either return the Israelites to slavery or to massacre them, the people began to panic. Moses did the only sensible thing–he prayed–and God told him what to do. Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east…

The Gospels: The Personal Gospel (#3)

In my first post in this series, I explained that the word “gospel” meant “good news,” specifically, in a royal sense. So, “Good news [about or from] the king.” For us then, the “gospels” are good news about King Jesus. There are four books that we have labeled as “gospels”: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. In my second post, I explained, briefly, who wrote each gospel, why, and to whom they were writing. In this final post, I’d like to…

The Gospels: Authors & Emphases (#2)

Today we’re going to continue our look at the Gospels by discussing the different authors and their emphases/audiences for these four books. (If you missed the first post in this series, you may want to go back over it.) Those who base their skepticism of Christianity based upon inconsistencies in the testimony of the Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are right to argue for a cohesive, valid witness, in general, but the various incidents they present as evidence of inconsistencies…

The Gospels: An Introduction (#1)

As we approach Easter, I thought it might be nice for us to look at the Gospels. For some of you, this will be very basic, but I’m writing this with all Christians, both new and old, in mind. First up, let’s start with the very term “gospel.” It’s a word that has a long history, but in the interest of time, its history can be traced back to the Greek word euangelion, from which we also take our word…

Communion: Past, Present, and Future

Every New Year’s Eve, we provide an opportunity for families and individuals to come to the church for prayer and to take communion. We do this because we honestly believe that it’s the best way to begin the New Year. And if you will follow along with me for five minutes, I can show you one of the reason’s why. In 1 Corinthians 11, the Apostle Paul gives us the standard text that is used most often in the taking…

Evangelism: God’s Passion – Our Mission

This will be my last post in this series, and it will be my shortest. I want to cap this all off by tying it back to the the subtitle of this series: God’s Passion – Our Mission. We’ll take this one half at a time. God’s Passion God’s passion is His family. Like any good father, He wants all those He loves to be brought home. He desires to be reconciled with the prodigals. That’s why He has waited…