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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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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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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The Fragment of Mark may not matter much.

The Green family, owners of Hobby Lobby, fund what may be the largest private Biblical studies artifacts venture (http://www.greenscholarsinitiative.org/). In recent years their scholars discovered a mummy mask in which a papyri fragment of the Gospel of Mark is reported to have been found. This news was first made public…

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