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Unresponsive to Jesus’ Words

(This is a letter to Jesus about “Christians” who are unresponsive to Jesus’ words.) Dear Jesus, As you know, I am waiting at Les Schwab Tires.  I’m sitting in a soft gray chair with plastic arm rests.  You and I … Continue reading

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Thoughts About the Unpardonable Sin

The unpardonable sin Quotes referred to below are from a booklet entitled “The Unpardonable Sin.”  The author is Herbert Lockyer.  It was published in 1952.  I remember seeing it lie around the house in the 60s when I was a … Continue reading

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A Short Analysis of Historical Creationism

Historical Creationism Have you ever heard of Historical Creationism? I hadn’t.  Until a few weeks ago. Sometimes I’m puzzled by what Christians are willing to believe.  Unfortunately. . .  It has been left to us to uphold truth.  So it’s … Continue reading

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Should Babies be Baptized? A Letter to Friends

Should babies be baptized?  This question was presented in a sermon.  My wife and I received a copy of the sermon from friends who are Paedobaptists (infant baptizers).  I gave the following reply to them in a letter.  This is … Continue reading

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Hair in I Corinthians 11

Hair in I Corinthians 11 was a subject in a recent sermon. So guess what?  This blog is about hair in I Corinthians 11. Please bless it, Lord Jesus, to the glory of your name. We open this brief study … Continue reading

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Eternal Security: the Reality of Hope

This blog features eight simple points in defense of the Bible’s teaching on the eternal security of believers in Jesus.  It’s not just a theological exercise.  Or a platform for sparring with opposing views. So we begin by asking some … Continue reading

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God’s Love Letter to You

You’ve probably heard about God’s love letter.  He has written a love letter to you. It is found in the Bible. It reminds us of a message in a bottle sliding over waves. He says, “I have loved you with … Continue reading

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Take a Knee

 Take a knee.  And let the games begin. Take a knee: it’s amazing! Some things are truly amazing.  Take a knee, for example.  What a brilliant idea!  Don’t you think?  The tin man thinks it’s great!  I’m pretty sure it’s … Continue reading

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The Israel of God, a New Creation

Let me explain why I’m writing this blog on “the Israel of God.” Replacement Theology I don’t think I even heard of Replacement Theology until recently.  Then, one Sunday morning, there it was.  In a sermon. I agree.  Some “theology” … Continue reading

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Baptism: Cold Feet or a Wet Head? – Part 2

I ended Part 1, on the subject of baptism, by saying that immersion remains the primary meaning of baptizo even when we “step out of the water.”  May I take your hand and help you out of the Jordan? Stepping … Continue reading

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Baptism: Cold Feet or a Wet Head? – Part 1

Since the key word in this blog is baptism, I need to be sure it’s in the first line.  There you go. A Bible encyclopedia from 1901 claimed that “The great majority of those who call themselves Christians, throughout the … Continue reading

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Women Preachers – A Biblical Response to the Foursquare Position. Part 3.

Part 3 marks the end of our study on women preachers.  A Biblical response to the Foursquare document: “Women’s Leadership Ministry.” As I said at the beginning of Part 1 and Part 2, the Foursquare Church is a firm defender … Continue reading

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Women Preachers – A Biblical Response to the Foursquare Position. Part 2.

This begins Part 2 of my discourse on women preachers.  It is a Biblical response to the Foursquare Church document: “Women’s Leadership Ministry.”  The Foursquare Church is a firm defender of women preachers and pastors.  The Bible is not. I … Continue reading

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Women Preachers – A Biblical Response to the Foursquare Position. Part 1.

The following discourse on women preachers is given in Christian love to my brothers and sisters in Christ who have a different point of view on this subject.  I share this because of a deep love for the Word of … Continue reading

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Groupthink, No Think

Why think for yourself when someone else will be more than happy to do it for you? Jesus said God’s kingdom belongs to a little flock.  He said the way to life is a narrow gate.  And there are only … Continue reading

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Elders: Do They Rule?

This letter to a friend, who teaches Bible, relates to the ruling role elders have in the church.  He believes they do not rule, manage, direct, or the like, but are just another sheep in the fold.  They lead simply … Continue reading

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Worthiness and Grace

We were once told, in a church we were attending, that grace is the “unmerited” or “undeserved” favor of God.  But while this plate was spinning, a second was set in motion.  We were also told that we are “worthy” … Continue reading

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Be of Good Cheer: I Have Overcome the World

I’m afraid that cheerfulness is not something most Americans feel today. Hopelessness is more likely. Why is that? Heroes are few, the real kind.  I’m not so sure we would even know what a real hero looks like anymore.  Most … Continue reading

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Twenty-First Century Man

Twenty-first century man. We have gone a great distance.  We’ve accomplished a lot.  Don’t you think it’s time we congratulate ourselves? When I was a teen-ager, the British band The Kinks had a song called “20th Century Man.”  It was … Continue reading

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Gone Forever, Lost Forever

My friend is gone forever. Dear Jesus, Just yesterday morning I heard of the passing of my comrade at work.  As you know, I have worked with her for many years. Just a few months ago she took your name … Continue reading

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