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Christians and Tattoos

A question I have received on multiple occasions as a pastor is whether it is okay for Christians to get tattoos. A verse that comes up in this discussion is Leviticus 19:28. This verse reads: "You shall not make any cuts on your body for the dead or tattoo yourselves: I am the Lord&rdquo...

Dare to Read Daniel

Over the past couple of weeks, the 4 Year Bible Reading at Faith Church has been going through the Old Testament book of Daniel, so I have been thinking about this book lately. There are some things that makes this book unique and interesting. For example, part of the book is written in Hebrew...

What Do Siblings, Denominations, and Church Membership Have To Do with Each Other?

Do you ever have a moment when you “connect the dots” on different experiences you have  recently had, seeing how these seemingly unrelated moments are all linked together and perhaps teaching or showing you something bigger? That happened to me this week; let me recount what...

Jesus and the Old Testament

As Christians read the Bible,, a key principle to recognize is that the Old Testament points forward to and tells us about Jesus. Why do I say that? Well, because Jesus said it! An important passage on this point is John 5 as Jesus says in v. 39, “You search the Scriptures because you...

Dealing with Difficult Verses: Case Study on 1 Samuel 16:14

When you read through the Bible, you will come across verses that are difficult to understand. What do you do when this happens? One solution people employ is to ask me! When answering these questions, the teacher in me wants to give insights to help you when you come across these sort of verses...

The Fourth of July and Romans 13

While the Bible is rarely discussed in popular American culture, the citation of Romans 13 by a politician a few weeks ago led to discussions of this passage on the news and in public venues. The Apostle Paul instructs Christians how to relate to the government in these verses, and it begins...

Final Reflections on the Canons of Dort

All too often in life we complete one task and then almost immediately move on to the next task without even pausing to celebrate what we have done or reflect on how we were affected by what we have done. So rather than just moving on to what is next after completing this half year journey...

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