Category Archives: Old Testament

What Determines a Church’s Direction? Memory or Imagination?

…he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith (Matthew 13:58). Huntingtown United Methodist Church needs both. I have served churches that were planted in the late 1800s, so I understand the power and value of … Continue reading

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Moses, the Burning Bush, and Choosing a Major

“Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” Exodus 4:10 The question of vocation seems to be a crisis at … Continue reading

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What Did Jesus Do on the First Holy Saturday?

“He descended into hell.” The Apostles’ Creed (359 A.D.) According to the Gospels, Jesus’ disciples mourned his death and hid in fear. According to Luke, the women prepared spices and ointments on Friday, rested on the Sabbath and went to … Continue reading

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Can Christians Be Certain?

Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 1 Corinthians 13:12 One of my favorite quotes comes from a book titled The Workshop Way of Learning, which was written in 1951. Dr. … Continue reading

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Father Abraham and Sexual Exploitation

“He treated Abram well for her sake…” Genesis 12:16 The Old Testament is replete with sexual violence, which is not so different from The Game of Thrones or the news. Thankfully, organizations like the International Justice Mission are opening our … Continue reading

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Is Ash Wednesday Biblical?

“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.” Matthew 6:1 I just received a bag of ashes in the … Continue reading

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God’s Dysfunctional Families

“While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.” Genesis 4:8 It’s pretty easy to find biblical principles applying to marriage and family life. Ephesians 5-6 highlight sacrificial love, mutual submission, trust, respect and nurture as … Continue reading

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