What the H*** is Hell About?

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Whenever anyone discusses the Good News (as we did with our “gospel” post last week), someone is bound to say, “Well, before anyone will believe the Good News, they’ve got to understand the bad news.” Which leads of course, to the inevitable discussion about H***. Or H-E Double Hockey Sticks. The smoking section. And don’t you love the billboards and …

A Churchy Word is Good News

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Just being real here, I was always confused by the word, “Gospel.” It was—and is—such a “churchy” word, and I never truly grasped what it meant. The reason for my confusion I suppose, is that in modern Christianity it can mean so many things. At its core, the word gospel comes from the same Greek root word where get “evangelism.” …

But It’s Just One Letter

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What difference does one letter make? For me, it almost caused me an entire day of frustration and gnashing of teeth. But that one letter taught me a lesson about a 1st Faith. Here is what I mean . . . The other day I got on a plane from Springfield, MO to Atlanta, making my way between an event …

When Ciphering is Easy

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The movie National Treasure always captivates me–I watch pieces of it when I notice it’s on TV. Inside of me, there is some small part that wants to “crack the code” and find something no one else has discovered. In the movie, Nicolas Cage’s character is always a step ahead of everyone else, cracking ciphers on his way to finding …

Does The Shirt Fit?

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Preparing for my Fall speaking schedule, I ordered some shirts and emblazoned them with the words, “First Faith,” a reminder of my mission to emulate the faith of those who first followed Jesus. This mission is not some, “Oh, that’s nice; let’s try harder to be good Christian people.” No, this is about focusing on what the apostles thought was …

Here’s One About a Jewish Rabbi

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While Twittering the other day, I ran across a fascinating question from NorthPoint Church’s Online Pastor Dave Adamson (@aussiedave–a good follow): “If you could ask a Jewish Rabbi one thing, what would it be?” I rarely answer these things but my interest was piqued. I hammered out a reply. “What was Jesus’ ‘flaw’ to show he was not the expected …