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The Art of Sacrifice

The Art of Sacrifice

My kindle recommends lots of stories. I’ll try new authors from those recommendations sometimes. Most write well with expansive worldbuilding and intriguing story-lines. I must have tried eight or nine samples recently. I’ve bought none. My most recent attempt was so promising. The fantastical elements of the world were unique. The plotline drew me in […]

How can we evangelize in the 21st Century?

How can we evangelize in the 21st Century?

In the media run-up to the release of the new Left Behind movie, I saw this picture posted on Facebook: This postapocalyptic survivor theoretically asks, “Why didn’t anyone warn me?” And my only response is…seriously? Hasn’t the church been warning people for two thousand years? We have. The problem is, few people are listening. And […]

What can Leviticus teach New Testament people?

What can Leviticus teach New Testament people?

About three times a year, we have a series of Wednesday night Bible studies at church. Because I enjoy teaching, I usually volunteer. This month, I recycled some material that I taught in my regular Sunday school class at the beginning of the year. It’s based on the book Hidden in Plain Sight: Finding Wisdom […]

Writing Fiction About Truth: Are There Bones Inside God?

Writing Fiction About Truth: Are There Bones Inside God?

Guest Blogger: J.B. Simmons One night I’m laying beside my four-year-old son, telling bedtime stories. We’re talking about how fish have bones. Then he asks: “are bones inside God?” I’m stumped. Maybe I start talking about theology — the trinity and other deep stuff. Better yet, maybe I should respond with another story. Isn’t that how […]

That eye-of-a-needle metaphor? It really is about needles.

That eye-of-a-needle metaphor? It really is about needles.

The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” The disciples were even more amazed, and […]

What Is Art?

What Is Art?

“We are not being true to the artist as a man if we consider his art work junk simply because we differ with his outlook on life.” – Francis Schaeffer The question of art is an interesting one because what we consider to be art is often based on our own preferences. One man’s masterpiece […]

Refresh

Refresh

Not much writing going on at present. I’ve had the wonderful privilege of attending our yearly pastor’s conference out in sunny California. This is one my favorite times as it’s a great opportunity for me to get away with Jesus and spend time with friends I don’t see but once every year or two. I […]