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Words that Haunt Me

September 26, 2017 — Leave a comment

Matthew 18:6-7 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!”

 

James 3:1 Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.

 

Hebrews 13:17 Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.

 

Ezekiel 33:6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes… I will hold the watchman accountable for their blood.

 

Verses that haunt me

 

These Bible verses piss me off.

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Since January 1, 2004, I’ve maintained a practice of reading through the Bible, cover to cover.

 

Granted, I use the word “maintained” loosely. When I started, I read the Bible in one year. Since then, every time I’ve done so, it’s taken me much longer, with the longest time taking over three years. I think I’m on my seventh time reading through.

 

The Common English Bible – the current translation I’m reading

Each time I read through the Bible, I read a different translation, and I try to alternate between a more literal translation and a more readable translation. This helps keep it fresh. Although, 1 Chronicles 1-9 is rough no matter which translation you read. Continue Reading…

Jesus Loves Me?

July 10, 2017 — Leave a comment

Where I lay, next to Everett, singing our favorite songs.

I recently heard an interesting phrase. I’m quoting somebody who’s quoting somebody else, so I’ll probably butcher it. But it goes something like this:

 

So many of us live with habitual feelings of disappointing God.

 

That’s me.

 

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My robe with my Grandpa’s Celtic cross, and a set of his doctoral bars.

Just recently I finished my doctoral thesis and officially completed all of my requirements for my D. Min. at Fuller Theological Seminary.

 

This day has been a long time coming, five years, to be exact. I applied for this program in the summer of 2012. Almost exactly five years later I finished.

 

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Now that I’ve finished my doctorate, I’m even reading Greek for fun! I’ve got no excuse for not writing more.

 

Last night I couldn’t sleep.

 

I was supposed to be up at 5:30am for our weekly breakfast Bible study. I almost never get enough sleep on these nights, but I had actually turned out the lights at 9:37pm.

 

8 hours on a Monday night!

 

But I just lay there, tossing and turning. I had left the door open and the cats were walking all over me. Unable to get comfortable, I finally checked my watch. 10:30. So much for 8 hours. Continue Reading…