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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...

Don’t be a Jerk (Digging into Dort: Conclusion, Part 2)

“Pogo” is a famous cartoon that made the often repeated statement, “We have met the enemy, and it is us.” The Conclusion of the Canons of Dort reminds us that a potential obstacle for people believing the truths taught in the Canons might be those who believe them: people...

Prayer Pillowcases

Prayer Pillowcases One Sunday morning I asked my Faith Kids small group of 1st and 2nd graders if they prayed at home before dinner or at bedtime.  Less than half said they did.  I shared this with our Faith Kids team and we asked ourselves how could we partner with parents and...

Dealing with Divisions and False Accusations (Digging into Dort: Conclusion, Part 1)

The Canons of Dort don’t have much of an introduction, but it does have a pointed conclusion. The title of the conclusion is “Rejection of False Accusations,” and it deals with some false claims about some of the teachings in the Canons. It’s a reminder of why the Canons...

Perseverance: A Motivation for Godliness (Digging into Dort, Point 5, Part 5)

The teaching of the perseverance of the saints is somewhat controversial, as some claim that it leads to people professing their faith but then continuing to live however they want because they believe their salvation is guaranteed. This objection is one the writers of the Canons of Dort heard...

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