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Questions from Genesis

Over the past few weeks, Faith Church’s 4 Year Bible Reading Plan (called Cover to Cover) has been going through the book of Genesis.This has led to a number of questions about some details and stories, and I will try to address a few that have come my way. A good reference resource that...

Reading and Understanding Revelation

People have many questions about the Bible and theology. When the participants in our small groups were asked what they would like to learn more about in future sessions, not surprisingly, a common topic was on Revelations.  As a pastor, I have received many questions over the years on how...

Judge Not....or How Not to Judge

Since we looked at Matthew 7:1-6 to kick off our "weHarmony" series looking at conflict, I thought it could be helpful to re-post some comments on Matthew 7:1 that I made as part of a series on "Bible Verses in their Context" on this blog in 2017. A friend of mine told me that the best-known...

Christians and the Environment

Since Monday was Earth Day, it seems like a fitting time to consider the topic of Christianity and the environment. In light of contemporary interest in ecological issues and the so-called “Green Movement” this topic would seem a relevant and important one for Christians to consider...

Why the Cross?

As we reflect on what Jesus experienced as he went to and hung from the cross, we may wonder why he had to suffer such a horrific form of death. We probably understand why Jesus had to be both God and man and had to die --  only a fellow human could take our place for the punishment we...

A Thought about Spiritual Gifts

Faith Church has been studying the 4 Gs (Gather, Grow, Give, and Go), four characteristics of those who follow Jesus. This past weekend we focused on “Give.” In keeping with that theme, I decided to write this week’s blog on spiritual gifts, as it is part of what we give (our...

3 Questions I Ask When I Read the Bible

I have probably half of a shelf of books in my office devoted to reading and interpreting the Bible, and another half of a shelf of books on preaching and how to move from studying a text to proclaiming it to a congregation. I also have numerous books that touch on these topics -- and many...

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