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Oct
24

The Biggest Lie That Parents Believe

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Every parent lives with a deep-seated fear that they are going to screw up their kids. Admit it! Parenting brings out all our insecurities. We worry about being too strict, or not strict enough. We want to give them everything, but don’t want them to be spoiled.   We worry that our kids will end up…
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Jun
30

Redeemed for Life

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In my previous two blog posts on the sacred/secular divide, I’ve been using the terms sacred and secular but have not stopped to define what I mean by them. According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, sacred means a: dedicated or set apart for the service or worship of a deity and b: devoted exclusively to one…
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Jun
27

Ghost, Demon, or Hallucination: Did Samuel Return from the Dead?

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Teaching through the Bible yearly as a Biblical Literature prof at Western Seminary has given me the opportunity to interact with many challenging interpretive questions. One that still puzzles me is the account of Samuel’s posthumous appearance before Saul and the witch of En-dor (1 Samuel 28:8-14). Saul was facing a critical battle with the…
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Jun
04

Spirit Empowered Mission: The Advent of the Spirit, Part 2

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What can the preaching of the Apostles teach us about preaching Jesus?  Do Christians today have an adequate understanding of what it is to live in the last days? We asked Art Azurdia… Listen to sermon (Acts 2:14-36):   Is there anything tricky in preparing for and preaching a text that is in a sermon…
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Jun
02

Book Review – The Inspiration and Interpretation of Scripture: What the Early Church Can Teach Us

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  Review by Timothy G. Harmon The Inspiration and Interpretation of Scripture: What the Early Church Can Teach Us. By Michael Graves Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2014, viii + 201 pp. $24.00, paper.     In this work, Michael Graves (PhD, Hebrew Union College), Armerding Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Wheaton College, explores patristic literature…
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