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Archive for June 2009

Why Jesus Spoke in Parables, Final Part

June 30, 2009

The solution to our understanding the parables is first to hear them and secondly to understand them in the context which they were originally meant. When the parables “were originally spoken, they seldom needed interpretation” (Fee and Stuart, page 160), thus the first part of the solution is to hear them. They were written by […]

And That’s the Truth

June 26, 2009

What is? That was my answer. And it was my answer every time. I don’t know where the kids’ fascination with the concept originated. A story read to them? Sunday School? Discussions about lying? Who knows. I just know that at some point they asked the question, “Daddy, what is truth?” My response was “Truth […]

Do You See What I See?

June 25, 2009

Last Sunday we announced staff transitions. Lucy Martinez, our Passion 4 Community director, is moving her ministry to California, where she will be closer to her beau, Charles (great guy!). She will be leaving at the end of July, leaving big leadership shoes to fill. Mike Fewster, who’s been a key leader & part of […]

Why Jesus Spoke in Parables, Part 2

June 23, 2009

Our sympathies can easily be with the grumbling workers in Matthew 20, but can they be with the landowner? In this parable a landowner asks men to work in his vineyard early in the morning; he hires men again at about 9:00 a.m., at noon, and finally at 3:00 p.m. He calls all the workers […]

Great Expectations

June 19, 2009

Last week at lifegroup, we challenged ourselves to be more bold. This week, we all wanted, of course, to forget that we had prayed about that and to just keep on plowing through Acts. I mean, it’s all about getting more Bible facts in our brains, right? Sadly reminded that the Bible tells us not […]

Summer Reading

June 17, 2009

Recently, Caleb, Logan and I have been [slowly] reading through the New Testament book of James together. It’s always a rich experience. Whenever we’re done, I always feel like it was great time well spent. So, why don’t I make it happen more regularly? If you’re looking for an excuse not to read the Bible […]

Why Jesus Spoke in Parables, Part 1

June 15, 2009

People learn best through stories. At least stories are easier to remember than a series of facts. I think this is why we remember the Old Testament stories or specifics of movies so easily. Jesus used narrative teaching, hyperbole and other methods but one of his favorites was the use of parables. Parable is a […]

Generating a Little Fear

June 11, 2009

It’s the day after the white supremacist, the Jew and Black hater, opened fire at the Holocaust Museum in DC. I’m in DC today helping my daughter with the twins. As Jackie and Amy head to the grocery store, I decide to walk to McDonald’s, two blocks away. Amy’s not happy. That location is notorious […]

Need to Get Away?

June 10, 2009

Laura and I didn’t feel we needed any time away by ourselves. Our marriage is in a great place. Our energy is high. We’re in a good place. Laura and I didn’t feel we needed any time away by ourselves until the second day of our Marriage Couple’s retreat sponsored by Bob Russell ministries. Everything […]

We Need the Bible! Final Part

June 2, 2009

We also need theology to explain concepts not clearly defined in the Bible, e.g., the Trinity. The Jehovah Witness would argue that nowhere in the Bible is the word “trinity” used. When a leader was about to make a statement in the Old Testament for God he would say, “Hear oh Israel, God is one.” […]