But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Tuesday, 18 June 2019 20:49

Are We Giving Money “to God” on Sundays?

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For decades there have been countless church arguments and even splits over how “the Lord’s money” can and cannot be spent. But what if we’ve been working from some flawed assumptions? We typically assume that putting money in the collection plate is giving money “to...

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Wednesday, 12 June 2019 20:02

Loving Muslim Neighbors – CrossTalk S4E2

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image I don’t say this lightly, but this will probably be the best thing you listen to all day. In this episode, Iraqi-born Wissam Al-Aethawi shares the story of how he converted from Islam to Christ. He now preaches the gospel to Muslims in Michigan and travels extensively helping Christians...

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Tuesday, 11 June 2019 20:42

1 Corinthians 6:19 Re-Examined: Your Body is a Temple

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In 1 Corinthians 6:19, Paul asked, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?” The implications of a Christian’s body being a temple of the Holy Spirit are deep and profound. However, this sentiment is also often...

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Wednesday, 05 June 2019 16:00

Movies Christians Watch – CrossTalk S4E1

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image CrossTalk season 4 is finally here! I am so excited to release some of these great conversations I have, so you can be blessed by them as much as I have been! Today’s conversation is one I recorded with my friend Scott Elliott, who preaches in La Grange, Texas. I’ve entitled this...

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Tuesday, 28 May 2019 21:23

Five Things I Love About Churches of Christ

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I grew up in churches of Christ. I unapologetically claim them as my family. But as a millennial, I recognize that many of my peers in churches of Christ are leaving or are incredibly critical. Of course, I recognize the truth in some of their complaints, but there are still countless reasons I...

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A paradigm shift happens when you change or correct an assumption on which other conclusions are based. Most Christians, for instance, assume spiritual things are more important than physical things. Do you hold that assumption? If so, there are probably many other conclusions about the Bible,...

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Tuesday, 30 April 2019 21:20

What is the Kingdom of God? – Understanding Jesus

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One of the most important themes of Jesus’ ministry is the theme of “kingdom.” Matthew uses the phrase, “kingdom of heaven,” while Mark and Luke prefer the term, “kingdom of God.” Almost everything Jesus taught revolved around the idea of the kingdom, but...

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I very much believe Scripture should be that which shapes and informs our doctrines and practices. I do not believe Christians should create new doctrines or practices that we do not find in the New Testament. With that in mind, I would like to share with you why I believe Christians can observe...

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Tuesday, 09 April 2019 21:30

Don’t Be Afraid: What I Noticed When I Read Revelation

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It is a shame that the book of Revelation is either ignored or read in a hyper-literal way. Christians seem to either be scared of it or obsessed with trying to “decode” it. I think we should simply heed the admonition at the beginning of the book by reading it aloud, hearing it, and...

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Tuesday, 26 March 2019 21:37

Contend for the Faith: What I Noticed When I Read Jude

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There is so much packed into the tiny book of Jude. The way Jude turns a phrase is beautiful and almost poetic. But because of the subject matter, it is certainly not pleasant. Jude references many events from biblical literature and even some events from literature outside of the biblical canon,...

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John’s epistles are a great example of why context, following an author’s train of thought, and appreciating an author’s unique style are so incredibly important. John assumes his audience can see the beautiful themes he has expertly woven into the fabric of the text. Therefore,...

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There are many who believe it is impossible for someone to be saved and then fall away. They believe that if a person becomes a Christian and then falls away, they were never really saved in the first place. However, I’m not sure how you could maintain a belief in “once saved, always...

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1 Peter, like most of the books in the New Testament, can be read in a matter of minutes. When you read it in one sitting, I recommend reading two or three times in that same sitting. This is one of those books that challenges a lot of our American ways of thinking. What would our lives look like...

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The book of James might be one of the easiest books for Christians to understand, regardless of time and culture. It deals with the sort of issues and behaviors that are common to religious people of every era, and there is really no misunderstanding what James is telling his audience to do and not...

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On today’s episode I had the opportunity to visit over the phone with two members of the Appian Media team. Appian Media is a non-profit organization for which I am incredibly thankful. They are Christians who create amazing documentary-style videos that help viewers experience various places...

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Tuesday, 12 February 2019 21:00

Seeing the Unseen: What I Noticed When I Read Hebrews

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The book of Hebrews is an amazing book. The Hebrew writer, whoever he may have been, helps his audience understand the continuity between (what we now call) the Old and New Testaments. He helps his Jewish audience understand that following Jesus is both a continuation of their temple worship, but...

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Wednesday, 30 January 2019 21:46

How Christians Talk About Abortion – CrossTalk S3E20

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With the recent passing of a new abortion law in New York, my Facebook feed has been full of discussions about abortion. I’m always thankful when I see Christians stand up in defense of human life. However, I am often saddened by some of the angry and almost hateful ways I see Christians...

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Tuesday, 29 January 2019 20:55

No Longer a Slave: What I Noticed When I Read Philemon

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Although the book of Philemon is a very short letter, it can be challenging to understand because it deals with slavery. Christians in the United States have a difficult time conceiving of slavery apart from the type of slavery that existed in the United States until the 1860s. Even though the...

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Paul’s three short letters to his sons in the faith, Timothy and Titus, might be compared to locker room speeches or a commanding officer trying to inspire his troops. In these three letters, Paul describes the type of work these young ministers ought to be doing. I noticed that there are at...

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Monday, 21 January 2019 05:34

What is Eternity Like? – CrossTalk S3E19

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Today’s guest is Sam Dominguez, my former co-host. Today you’ll get a chance to hear Sam and I discuss the concept of eternity. What is eternity like? Can we wrap our minds around it? Should we even try to think of “eternity” as a really long time? Should we think of it as a...

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Before I share my thoughts on First and Second Thessalonians, I want to apologize for the extended break I took writing posts over the holidays. Now that we are going again, I’m excited to wrap up my summaries of the books of the Bible over the next few months. Here are some of my thoughts on...

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