PEWS ARE BETTER THAN CHAIRS: THE BEST WAY TO DO CHURCH

Have you ever visited a church that did things differently? I recently found myself in such a situation. Hymnals, unaccompanied piano, and, for me, a bit of discomfort. First of all, I didn’t really know how to use a hymnal. Who knew you skipped to the next line rather than moving sequentially down the page? As uncomfortable as this was for me, I’m sure the hymnal enthusiast would be equally disquieted by the contemporary worship service I am accustomed to. But, it’s just a matter of preference, right? Or, is it?

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BE ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING

In the twenty-first century, it’s becoming increasingly common to talk about and accept mental health issues as relevant and important. For a number of reasons I love this. It means people are able to talk about not only physical ailments, but also speak about ailments of the soul. In a very real way, I would suggest these ailments are as serious if not more serious than many physical ailments. Continue reading “BE ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING”

A LONG TIME AGO…IN THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST: A LOOK AT HISTORICAL CONTEXT

546472F4-FC1A-4DDB-B7E7-677BABFAE5FFI recently had good friend move as far away as he could without leaving the country. I live in Spokane, Washington, the upper left corner of the United States. My friend moved to North Carolina, the lower(ish) right corner of the United States. Needless to say, I was bummed. Why? Because there is so much distance between us. It’s hard for me to understand his context, and I’m worried we will lose touch. Continue reading “A LONG TIME AGO…IN THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST: A LOOK AT HISTORICAL CONTEXT”

DON’T FORGET TO CHECK ABOVE AND BELOW: A LOOK AT LITERARY CONTEXT

D0464F6D-FD28-4AD6-A1D3-AD0F0EFD6FEBLiterary context is one of those important principles that can be applied not only in a Biblical exposition setting, but also in an every day reading the Bible setting. It’s really pretty straightforward and does not require any special knowledge or training. It’s as simple as being mindful of just a few things as you read scripture. Oh, and if you haven’t read my intro. on context, check it out here. Continue reading “DON’T FORGET TO CHECK ABOVE AND BELOW: A LOOK AT LITERARY CONTEXT”

YOU TOOK THAT OUT OF CONTEXT!

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Think of the word tract. What does it mean? You have absolutely no way of knowing what I might be referring to when I use this single word. I could be referring to a tract of land, a digestive tract, or a small piece of religiously motivated literature commonly distributed on street corners. Continue reading “YOU TOOK THAT OUT OF CONTEXT!”