Fools Tend to Repeat Foolishness

I Samuel 15 Introduction Several years ago, Simon nearly died from huffing a common compressed gas. He was a well-educated professional individual, a member of an evangelical church, married, and had a family of several children.  Unfortunately, like Saul (15:17), … Continue reading

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How Many Strikes Does It Take?

Glancing through some headlines yesterday and today, I wondered how many strikes it takes for an administration to strike out. Playing organized baseball and softball to the age of 42 has taught my memory that the rules state, “Three strikes … Continue reading

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Walking with Jesus in the 21st Century

The Promise I was musing this morning on walking in fellowship with Jesus (I John). As I did, the promise of Jesus to the Disciples came to mind. My pondering merged what he said in these three passages. John 14:26 … Continue reading

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Lessons for Living from I Samuel

Several years ago, I taught a Sunday School series titled Lessons for Living from I Samuel. There are two themes that run through the book. They are that we serve a God of compassion, and we serve a God of … Continue reading

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The Brave New World and Francis Schaeffer

Two Unlikely Complementary Writers Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950), better known by his pen name George Orwell. He produced literary criticism, poetry, fiction, and polemical journalism. George Orwell is not generally thought of as a … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Week

Thanksgiving Week Current Events—little or nothing in the morning news for which to be thankful. Colorado LBGQ+ night clubs shooting leaves five dead Deadly earthquake strikes Java, Indonesia Obama to campaign for Warnock before runoff Teams nix World Cup anti-discrimination … Continue reading

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Matthew Becomes a Soundbite Reporter

Matthew 28 In keeping with the trajectory of his Gospel, the focus of Matthew is the launching of Messiah’s kingdom. From his lineage (1:1-18) to John’s announcement (3:2) to the baptism of Jesus and God the Father’s authentication (3:13-17) to … Continue reading

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Are Nazi Germany and the Gestapo Coming to America?

The Latest Trigger Event The leaked Dobbs decision, followed by the published decision, has brought a chorus singing a most likely tune with glee. Their first stanza teaches us that it would be un-American to charge doctors for criminal prosecution … Continue reading

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Social Media and Mental Health

Social Media and Mental Health1 Correlation or Causation Pick one of many studies that indicate a link between social media use and poorer mental health. And why would this be? Remembering that correlation does not equal causation, one must wonder … Continue reading

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Using New Testament Narratives to Give Hope

The Need In one of the first training classes I taught at CCEF, there was a newly appointed counseling pastor from a Baptist church in New Jersey. Stressing the importance of giving hope is now a strategic aspect of teaching … Continue reading

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