More Valuable than You Think: How to Interpret a Text

Over on quora.com, I was asked to respond to a question . . . Why Do Conservatives Dislike the Constitution? Conservatives don’t dislike the constitution. Most love it. They simply want it to be interpreted properly. This is not a Republican vs. Democrat issue, it is a theory of interpretation issue. Conservative interpreters believe that … More More Valuable than You Think: How to Interpret a Text

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The Hour Has Come

Jesus knew His purpose. Nothing was going to divert Him from that purpose. He came to give His life a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28, Mark 10:45). And timing was everything. The gospel of John makes this perfectly clear. Seven different times we are told that “His time had not yet come” and then in … More The Hour Has Come

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Roles and Goals

Years ago, Steven Covey wrote a book called Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. It has been a runaway best seller ever since and has spanned all kinds of subsidiary products and spinoffs. One of them was called “The Weekly Compass.” The idea was to use a small slip of paper to do six things … More Roles and Goals

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“I Couldn’t Shake the Thought”

Thirty-nine years ago, a long ride with Dennis Rainey through the foothills of Colorado outside Fort Collins helped to change the trajectory of my life. I am eternally grateful for his wisdom, compassion and understanding. This morning I woke up and saw Dennis Rainey’s latest newsletter from The Family Ministry. It was so good and … More “I Couldn’t Shake the Thought”

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Jesus Was a Painter

Perhaps you have been drawn into the scholarly debate about what Jesus did for the first 30 years of His earthly life. Was He a carpenter or a stone-mason? There are two references/translations that are commonly used to suggest that Jesus was a carpenter, Matthew 13:55, where he is called “the son of a carpenter … More Jesus Was a Painter

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What Asaph Knew

Read Psalm 76 Asaph “is the name of three men in the Old Testament, of whom one is the reputed author of Psalms 50 and 73 through 83. He was one of David’s three chief musicians, the other two being Heman, and Ethan or Jeduthun, and we first hear of him when the ark was … More What Asaph Knew

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