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Young People, Go to Board Meeting

Posted in Reflections
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I'm hearing it on both sides of the aisle. Old people are complaining that young people aren't getting involved. Young people are complaining that they're not being given a chance at leadership. And young people are leaving the church in droves.[citation needed]

My solution: get all of your young …

Nine Reasons to Stop Gaming

Posted in Reflections
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It's 9:36 on a Thursday evening, and I've just destroyed my save file for the Kittens game, and uninstalled Pokemon Go.

If there's one addiction that Jonathan has yet to overcome, it's an addiction for video games, especially idle games. Here's how it goes:

  1. Jonathan is interested in how …

The Church Retirement Plan

Posted in Bible Study

For a long time, I struggled with this notion of sacrificial giving for the Church. It didn't seem like a responsible thing for people to give everything that they had to advance the mission of an organization. Back in the days of Acts, people would cash out their houses and …

Thief on the Cross – My Kingdom is Not of This World

Posted in Bible Study
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So what did Jesus mean when He said "You will be with me in paradise?" When you Google the phrase "Paradise" in the Bible, theologians almost unanimously say that Paradise is the place where the righteous go when they die.

There's some disagreement between exactly what this looks like. Here …

Thief on the Cross – The Scarlet Cord

Posted in Bible Study
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Jesus was always dutiful to ensure that His ministry as the Messiah was in accordance with Old Testament Prophecy (John 10:35, Matthew 5:17-18, John 19:28). Jesus frequently did things, "so that it would be fulfilled." Matthew particularly includes these markers in his account (Matthew 8:17, Matthew …

Thief on the Cross – I Say Unto You "Today"

Posted in Bible Study
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One day, while having lunch with some of my Christian friends, the topic of the thief on the cross was brought up. I shared that Adventists traditionally argue that the comma should be placed after "today," so that the statement reads, "Verily I say unto thee today, thou shalt be …

Thief on the Cross – Adventist Perspective

Posted in Bible Study
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As we dive into a series of posts about the Thief on the Cross, I want to lay out the conventional treatments on Luke 23:42-43.

Many Christians interpret this passage to mean one of two things:

  1. Jesus promised the Thief on the Cross that the thief would be with …

Ten Places to Write Stuff Down

Posted in College Productivity

It's June 20. That means that 2018 is 46.8% history. Where has it gone?

I find that if I am not careful, then time (and everything that I do with it) evaporates and vanishes. One of the best ways I know to combat this is to write.

We actually …

Rich Man and Lazarus – Talmudic Background

Posted in Bible Study
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Much of the Jewish knowledge was passed from generation to generation orally. After the temple was destroyed in AD 70, the Jews wrote down the Mishnah, to codify Jewish perspectives of the Old Testament. The Mishnah was studied extensively by the Jews in Jerusalem and in Babylon. Each community later …

Rich Man and Lazarus – John the Baptist v Pharisees

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Between the parable of the unjust steward, and the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, there lies a brief passage of a few verses that seem unrelated to either of these parables.

And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him. And he …

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