National Conference on Youth Ministries – Day 2

Great day I experienced with classes, super-sessions and keynote messages from some of the finest people in Christianity. I typed 10 pages of notes yesterday so I cannot include everything here but I want to give you some highlights that stood out to me. Tuesday Morning, Mike Cope “Spiritual Intubation: How Community Keeps Us Alive” … Continue reading National Conference on Youth Ministries – Day 2

Psalms for Teens 8 – Lament Psalms – Psalm 22

1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?     Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? 2 O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer,     and by night, but I find no rest. 3 Yet you are holy,     enthroned on the praises of Israel. 4 In … Continue reading Psalms for Teens 8 – Lament Psalms – Psalm 22

Almost Perfect Vision is still not Perfect Vision

I need corrective lenses to see well but if I do not have them I can get by. I have pretty good vision but with my contacts I have perfect vision. This past week on vacation one of my lenses broke and I failed to bring an extra pair so I was left without perfect … Continue reading Almost Perfect Vision is still not Perfect Vision

Aphesis 3 (New Testament and Forgiveness)

Admittedly the first four lessons of this study is rich in theology but it is always important to have an exegetical framework before you make a biblical assertion.  One could say, "God is gracious" but if they do not understand why or how God is gracious then they are making a blind assertion. Forgiveness in … Continue reading Aphesis 3 (New Testament and Forgiveness)

Getting the Old Skeletons Out

I went into my room last night and saw a small cassette tape on the table.  We are long past the age of cassette tapes so I was curious about this and I picked up and noticed that it was a sermon I preached while I was an intern at Washington Avenue church of Christ … Continue reading Getting the Old Skeletons Out

Christmas 8 (Advent Implications)

I close this series with joy filled in my heart anticipating Christmas day.  I long for the time with family, the meals, the happiness, the presents but also the knowledge of why we are there.  "Advent" is a word that comes from the Latin word adventus meaning "coming."  It is the Latin translation for the … Continue reading Christmas 8 (Advent Implications)

Christmas 2 (Origins of Christmas)

The origin of Christmas is a topic worthy of discussion because it is one not typically addressed.  If you read the birth narratives in Scripture (Matt. 1-2:12; Luke 1-2:21) there is mention of gifts given by the magi but that seems to have been a custom common no matter what season it was.  The word … Continue reading Christmas 2 (Origins of Christmas)