Category Archives: Commentary

So Close Yet So Far

But the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. Mark 4:19 (NAS) The worries of the world, the pursuit of riches, and … Continue reading

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Contending Earnestly or Catering Eagerly?

Like Jude, I’ve been troubled recently by what I see as the precarious and weakening state of evangelical Christianity. While wanting to continue on in my study of the gospel of Mark, I was drawn to this short book of … Continue reading

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No Extra Credit

The key to any kind of biblical exchange is not acquiescence to maintain peace but the pursuit of a “clear conscience.” More often than not my attempts to get a hearty “amen” regarding what I would consider sound and settled … Continue reading

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I Kissed Christianity Goodbye

Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them. For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own … Continue reading

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Think for Yourself

And thus I aspired to preach the gospel, not where Christ was already named, so that I would not build on another man’s foundation. Romans 15:20 Here’s Paul’s mission statement. It wasn’t formulated after hours of strategic planning, but came … Continue reading

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On Weaker Sisters…

Do not tear down the work of God for the sake of food. All things indeed are clean, but they are evil for the man who eats and gives offense. It is good not to eat meat or to drink wine, … Continue reading

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Can’t Fight City Hall

God’s instructions are counter-intuitive. You’d think he’d call for us to resist immoral and evil leaders, but he doesn’t. Instead he calls us to subject ourselves to them in obedience. It’s very hard to do this when you know they’re … Continue reading

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