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Month: November 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Dinner is over, the prayers of thanks have been spoken, I’ve had my first mini-nap, and now I want to wish you a happy Thanksgiving. The best way I know to do that is by steering you to two articles on The Stream, one by my friend Yvonne Ortega, and one by my new colleague David Mills. David, you got your wish from the last item on your Thanksgiving list. As a Michigan native, I’m not only grateful but more…

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Book Review: God’s Crime Scene by J. Warner Wallace

Book Review: God’s Crime Scene by J. Warner Wallace

Book Review God’s Crime Scene: A Cold-Case Detective Examines the Evidence For a Divinely Created Universe Crime Scenes If this book is about a “crime scene,” I have two additional charges to file. One is against myself. J. Warner Wallace sent this book to me months ago, and I haven’t been able to read and review it until now. I’m criminally late. One is against the author. He’s criminally competent. I like to think of myself as a fairly capable…

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Christians Are Called to be Great

Christians Are Called to be Great

While I learn my new position as senior editor with The Stream, I’ll  be re-posting older, “evergreen” blog posts that were written on an older blogging system and aren’t directly accessible from this one. This one was originally published in 2005. It’s a long study, admittedly. It’s also been extremely influential in my own thinking and in others’ from around the world. Called to be Great This message is intended primarily for people who don’t think it’s for them: those who will…

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Stay, Listen, and Understand; Or Leave and Be Left Wondering

Stay, Listen, and Understand; Or Leave and Be Left Wondering

In my last post I explored data revealing Jesus’ surprising penchant for leaving people wondering. I’ll continue today with another revealing chart from the same study of the Gospels: The abbreviations in the legend stand for the Pre- and Post-Transfiguration periods in Jesus’ ministry. These are followed by the Passion Week (including the Crucifixion), and the Post-Resurrection period. Jesus tended to explain things more clearly as he went along; or rather, he explained more clearly to those who stuck with him to…

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Because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will leave you wondering

Because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will leave you wondering

Because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will leave you wondering. Those are not the words our Lord spoke in Revelation 3:16, but it’s what he practiced in his ministry. That’s the surprising finding of the analysis I just completed on Jesus’ method of teaching. I had noticed a stark contrast between Jesus’ methods and most Bible teaching today. Jesus didn’t always explain himself clearly. Unlike most teachers today, he didn’t always resolve the questions he raised. He didn’t…

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Joining with The Stream!

Joining with The Stream!

I wrote here a few days ago that I had another major life event to share soon. This week is the week. I’m in training this week at Life Outreach International to come on board as Senior Editor and Ministry Coordinator with their major new ministry outreach, The Stream, specifically to focus on apologetics and inspiration. A Necessary Ending Someone wrote a book called Necessary Losses. I don’t know the book but I can appreciate the wisdom present in the…

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What it’s like recovering from a long-term injury

What it’s like recovering from a long-term injury

I’m looking back on a year of very low activity on this blog. I never thought I’d slow down this much. There are three primary reasons for it. I can share two of them, one today and another tomorrow or Tuesday. The first one has to do with what it’s like recovering from a long-term injury. There’s more to it than most people realize. Recovering from a long-term injury It’s been eleven weeks since my fourth foot surgery for a…

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