C.S. Lewis’s 5 Writing Tips

This post comes courtesy of my “BOB” (Best Online Buddy), Tim Fall. Tim is a Judge in California, and his insights into the Christian life are unique and profound. If you’re looking for a great BOB, some interesting stories and a dash of interesting theological discussion, pop over to: “Just One Train Wreck After Another (timfall.wordpress.com)” C.S. Lewis […]

What’s Wrong with the God of the Gaps?

I commonly hear Christians saying things like: “My Doctor didn’t heal me, God did!” Or, “Isn’t the birth of a newborn a miracle? How can evolution explain that?”, or “The Bible gives us an explanation for things like sin and death that science simply can’t.” While I appreciate the sentiments, and they contain a nugget […]

7 Ways to do a Good Word Study.

The truly sad thing about the many faulty word-studies out there is that a good word study is relatively easy. The key is keeping context king – that’s really the main goal of this 7 step process. The following steps aren’t all necessary for a word study; only for a very thorough word study. If […]

A Glimpse of Truth: War and Peace

Prince Andrew’s dying words, from Tolstoy’s “War and Peace”: Yes, love, …but not the love that loves for something, to gain something, or because of something, but that love that I felt for the first time, when dying, I saw my enemy and yet loved him. I knew that feeling of love which is the essence […]

What does Philippians Tell us about the Gospel?

The word Euangelion (good news or gospel) is used more times proportionally in the book of Philippians than any of Paul’s other letters. While the essential definition of euangelion doesn’t change throughout Paul’s writings, the implications of the good news/gospel vary letter to letter. Here are four things we learn about the gospel especially from Philippians: […]

When Is a Good Time to Write?

Maybe you love writing; maybe you have to write; maybe both. If you feel called to write, the first thing you need to do is start writing. Some writers have estimated that a writer begins to be himself after 400,000 words. Yikes, right? Who has time for that? When am I supposed to write, especially […]

Do I Really Need Other People to Interpret the Bible?

Timothy Ward wisely states that “We Christians have taken the doctrine of “Sola Scriptura” and made it “Solo Scriptura”. None of the reformers would have EVER commended Christians reading the Bible on their own without the aid of others.” Personally, I see this at work all the time. Often times I hear Christians saying things […]

7 Ways to Do a Bad Word Study.

This week has been a fascinating walk through the world of “Word-Studies”. My guess is, you’ve encountered some sort of word story in the last couple of months: a Bible study, a sermon, a commentary, a quip about agape love or a defense of a biblical viewpoint you’re not sure of. But sometimes it’s hard […]

A Glimpse of Truth: The Two Towers

“We shouldn’t be here at all, if we’d known more about it before we started. But I suppose it’s often that way. The brave things in the old tales and songs, Mr. Frodo: adventures, as I used to call them. I used to think that they were things the wonderful folk of the stories went […]

Preaching: Notes or No?

I’ve teetered over the years on the issue of preaching/teaching with notes. As a whole, I think note-less is better for my style, especially when I have enough prep time. On the other hand, going note-less can blow up in my face if I don’t have sufficient time to prepare. In the end, I think […]