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Pentacost: The Reversal of Babel

Genesis 11:1–9 & Acts 2:1–13 The story of the tower of Babel is one with which most of us are familiar. In Genesis 11, we are told of how the whole world had only one language. When the men of the earth decided to build a great tower in order to make a name for […]

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The Greatest Treasure Ever Received

What is your greatest treasure in life? When I was nine years old, I had the privilege of walking alongside, now hall of fame baseball player, Roberto Clemente. And I got his autograph, and I value it as a great treasure. As a nine-year-old it was the greatest treasure I possessed. Today it would be […]

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Authority: Style and Limits of Authority (III)

Two issues back we considered the source of authority. God is the source. He reveals to us His will through the Word, the Scriptures. Last time we addressed the topic of the agents of authority. As we go about our business in life, God comes to us mainly through three agents: our parents, the church, […]

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Making the Right Choice

Whether you know it or not, today you acted and reacted according to your “world and life view.” That simply means that every decision you made, every action you took, every word you spoke was filtered through a certain mental grid. For instance, most Americans who lived through the Great Depression viewed their world with […]

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The Bible, Islam, and the British Museum

While calm and reasoned dialogue is always the preferred mode of debate, some on both sides have a tendency to throw out unsubstantiated, even incorrect claims in their efforts to discredit the others’ side. One such claim being made by certain sectors of the Islamic community is that the Bible is a collection of distortions […]

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Hype

“Catch Huge Muskies!” “Slammin’ Super Salmon.” “The Hottest Thing for Smallmouths.” “Find Walleyes Fast…Big Bass are Booming!” Hear the hype, hype, hype of fishing journals, videos and catalogues. Hype marketing sells rods, reels, lures, boats, and every kind of equipment. Hype creates illusions . that few fisherman can ignore. Probably nobody is more susceptible to […]

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A “Living” Constitution

In the final Democratic debate before the Super Tuesday election, Vice President Al Gore responded to a question about the type of Supreme Court justices he as president would select: “I would look for justices of the Supreme Court who understand that our Constitution is a living and breathing document, that it was intended by […]

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Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs

Humor can be a very effective teaching tool. It can illumine even a controversial point in a way that is not confrontational or threatening. Consider the following two amusing pieces about music for worship services. First I have read in several email posts that have arrived at our seminary. It goes like this: “An old […]

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