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4 Lenses for interpreting the 7 Letters of the Revelation

Questions flood my mind as I prepare to begin men’s summer Bible study on the seven letters of the Revelation Sunday evening. How should we understand the distinct genre of Rev 2-3 in light of the apocalyptic character of the book? Why are the letters placed after ch 1, and…

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Justifying Jesus’ Wrath in the Temple: Jer 7:11 and Jesus’ Clearing of the Temple

Jeremiah was one of the last prophets to hold out any hope for Judah, but even that was slim. Jeremiah was not pessimistic because of hardness on the LORD’s part, he simply knew the fickleness of the people of Judah. If there were signs of repentance, there was a good…

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The Chipmans’ Adoption Journey

Our adoption journey begins with a one-night stand in Nebraska in 1970, traverses through Charleston, South Carolina and central Missouri in 2012, and finds its destination in Kansas City. Yes, explanations are in order. My 17-year old biological parents met, I am told by the records available through Nebraska Children’s…

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“For the Church” Conference Reflections

Recently Pastor Adam and Julia Anderson, Toby Tiner, Kaleb Sheffield, Julie and I attended the MBTS For the Church Conference. The theme was Truth in an age of compromise, and speakers included Russell Moore, David Platt and Jason Allen. In order to provide you with some reflections of the conference,…

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Holding the Psalms with Two Hands: Interpreting the Psalms via their Tensions

I am not a psalms scholar but I am a fan. A few minutes of mid-day reading the psalms has helped clear the gloom of life and better grasp the relationship between the Old and New Testaments. I confess, however, that the psalms are sometimes difficult to understand. The author…

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Why a Men’s Study on the Psalms?

The psalms are emotional poems, and women are more emotional than men. So goes the logic of the psalms as material for women’s Bible studies. Men may be thought to take up the psalms at times of emotional crisis (job loss/stress, family health concerns, etc.) or when they are not…

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A Christian Response to Animal Cruelty, by Faith V.

Faith V. (15 years old) used the following manuscript to deliver her first Rhetoric 1 speech for the Master’s Christian Academy. Her delivery was excellent and met the 6-8 minute timeframe. The class has met weekly on Tuesday mornings from 10:30-12:30 during the 2014-15 academic year. For this speechFaith composed nearly a…

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Christianity and Healthy Bodies, by Sarah C.

Sarah C. (15 years old) used the following manuscript to deliver her first Rhetoric 1 speech for the Master’s Christian Academy. Her delivery was excellent and met the 6-8 minute timeframe. The class has met weekly on Tuesday mornings from 10:30-12:30 during the 2014-15 academic year. For this speech Sarah…

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Chaplaincy at a Federal Prison, and interview with (and intercession for) Dale S.

What first drew you to prison chaplaincy? This is actually kind of a long answer and involves two phases in my life. First I would say that my life prior to coming to Christ drew me in this direction. I had “run ins” with the law myself and experience with…

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Rhetoric and Reading for Understanding

Sunday I noted that the Rhetoric students at The Master’s Christian Academy delivered speeches last week. They did so well! One proud teacher here. Rhetoric begins with research; students are no more persuasive than they are knowledgable. Recently I was asked about the process of research, “how do I go about…

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