Reading Apocalyptic Withou...

I am strongly considering teaching the book of Revelation in the Fall in my Wednesday night Bible study. There’s a big part of me that wants to do it because I know that people have difficulty reading and understanding that admittedly strange book. Once you get past the seven letters to the seven churches, things get…weird. So people tend to stop reading it. Then they either never think about...

When Muslims Defend Christ...

While some Christians are advocating the persecution of Muslims, something notable occurred in May in Indonesia: Muslims coming to the defense of persecuted Christians. As reported in Christianity Today and CNN, 300 hundred Islamic leaders from 30 countries came together to denounce religious extremism within Islam which has led not only to violence between Sunni and Shia Muslims but also to the...

Worshiping the Dragons of ...

There is a bizarre story in the Old Testament—which is saying something, because there are a lot of bizarre stories in the Old Testament. Bizarre to us anyway. They probably made perfect sense to the people of the day. In Numbers 21 the people of Israel are in the wilderness on the way to the Promised Land, and they complain against Moses and God because there is no water. And no real food. There’s only...

How to Pass the Wilderness...

Between Egypt and the Promised Land there was wilderness, and the direct route between them was also the shortest route. This northern route near the Mediterranean Sea was also the route to take if you needed to eat off the land and have fresh water to drink. But that’s not the route God led the Israelites to take. Instead, he had them take a right turn and head south toward a dry, mountainous region that...

Closing Loopholes to Prote...

A new law took effect on July 3 in Virginia which made it illegal for a 13-year-old girl to get married. It applied to 13-year-old boys as well, but the reasons that the law was needed was mainly because of the exploitation of girls. According to a Washington Post report, from 2004 to 2013 more than 4,000 adolescents under 18 were married in Virginia, 90% of them girls, many of whom were married to men at...

What Makes Something Sacre...

1st in the series, “Religion, Rites & Rituals” First Baptist Church, Frederick, Maryland, July 17, 2016 “I’m interested in God, but not religion.” It’s a phrase we hear over and over again, but what does it even mean? Is religion simply something we created? A tool for controlling and dividing? Some believe so. Some even take it as far as to suggest that Jesus was against religion. They even propose...

The 1 Thing You Can do to ...

Jesus summarized the entire Law in two statements: Love God with your entire being, and love others as if they were part of your entire being. Israel put the most effort into showing their love for God. That commandment came first, and it formed the core of their religious practice. “Hear, O Israel: The LORD is our God, the LORD alone. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all...
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