An Encounter with the Older Son

Posted on July 28, 2014 | 3 comments

In Luke 15 we find one of the most memorable stories of our faith, the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Chances are, even if you are not an avid church goer, you have heard of or read this story. The younger son wants identity outside of the father’s household – he lives to satisfy the […]

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The Question to Ask

Posted on July 9, 2014 | 7 comments

“All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. – 1 Corinthians 10:23 This verse is delivered by Paul in the context of discussing the eating of meat that has been sacrificed to idols. The Corinthians wanted to know if this was a problem […]

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Be Content – Identity and the Tenth Commandment

Posted on June 5, 2014 | 6 comments

You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor. – Exodus 20:17 The Ten Commandments, given to the Israelites so they would remember their identity as the people of God, are related to […]

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Two Components of Faithfulness

Posted on May 29, 2014 | 10 comments

Think for a minute how you define your faithfulness to your spouse or a person you are dating? I find an interesting tendency when people are asked about faithfulness: it tends to be defined or described by the things that they DON’T do. For instance, faithfulness means not having an affair, not looking at other men/women, […]

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No Lies – Identity and the Ninth Commandment

Posted on May 22, 2014 | 4 comments

You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. – Exodus 20:16 Throughout the Bible, God has been fighting for our identity. Beginning in the garden, to the nation Israel, and now in Christ, God’s desire has been for us – the jewel in the crown of his creation – to see our selves as […]

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Robinson Cano, Twitter, and Dehumanization

Posted on May 20, 2014 | 8 comments

Jimmy Fallon had a funny bit on his show a couple of weeks ago. In it, a former New York Yankees baseball player – Robinson Cano – was back in the Big Apple playing with his new team. So Jimmy had a large picture of Cano in his new uniform and invited New Yorkers to […]

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Two Ways to Justify Our Self

Posted on May 12, 2014 | 14 comments

I love when I get the opportunity to talk with and teach students. They are at the stage of life where they are simultaneously beginning to define their self while trying to understand how their faith relates to the life they are living. Yesterday we were talking about what sin is and how we overcome […]

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Right or Wrong

Posted on May 6, 2014 | 6 comments

The Bible is replete with stories of those who did what was right in their own eyes. Adam and Eve head this list that would then be followed by almost every other biblical character. Abraham and Sarah. Jacob. The Israelite nation. Peter. To name just a few. When we do what is right in our […]

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No Stealing – Identity and the Eighth Commandment

Posted on April 27, 2014 | 11 comments

You shall not steal. – Exodus 20:15 All of the commandments relate back to the first. Having no other gods besides the Lord is an expectation for our identity. (for full discussion, see No Other Gods – Identity and the First Commandment) Idolatry is seeking wholeness in something other than God; building an identity on […]

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From Authority to Friendship

Posted on April 22, 2014 | 18 comments

Parenting is a process. As your child grows, changes, and develops, then the strategy that you employ must also adapt to your child’s new reality. I’m pretty confident that just about every person who reads this and is a parent or thinking about being a parent wants what is best for their child. We all […]

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