“Oh, for humility’s sake, you should NEVER use ABSOLUTE terms” post
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For humility’s sake, it’s wise to exchange words of extreme, absolute language like: ALWAYS, EVERY TIME, NEVER, ALL, NO ONE, DEFINITELY, ABSOLUTE, COMPLETE for less arrogant words like MAY/MIGHT, SEEMS, SOME, POSSIBLY, & OFTEN. Be careful using extreme language. Since we are not omniscient (all-knowing) our perspective of reality will ALWAYS be limited (Yeah, I used it, and I think … more

Learning
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Learning is the same as changing.  We change when we learn (knowledge, beliefs, values, actions) All change brings loss.  Some times it is painful or humiliating, other times not so much. All loss brings some sort of grief.  Especially when a change affects the framework of all that we hold true. We mostly seek to avoid loss for mental, emotional, … more

Better it breaks here than out there
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In our effort to get converts or raise up students in youth ministry, we many a time present a clean, professional faith package to people with the goal of conversation or obedience to a particular accepted pattern of behavior as the top priority.  While, inherently, either of those are not bad goals, but because of intense passion to see conversion … more

Getting into the OT mindset when reading and teaching
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The other day, Asher, my little neighbor boy, came over and was telling my wife and me about his weeball (like T-ball) experience.  Jennifer asked how he was doing with weeball.  He responded confidently, “I hit the ball way up in the sky to God and then God threw it back down.”  It was quite cute and funny.  However, it … more

A closer look at the Bible
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I was in Hebrew class today and we were discussing the textual variants of the OT.  The OT is based on the Masoretic Text or the Leningrad text, but there are many other Hebrew Manuscripts and Greek Manuscripts that either attest to or challenge the standard text.  The Bible is full of footnotes letting us the readers know that there … more