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Judges 19 to 21 — Prophetic Interpretation


One of the amazing things that I have found about the Bible is that it a thematically consistent book. It has over 40 authors on three continents spanning 15 centuries that all have the same message. In this post, we will examine how Judges 19 foretells the story of Jesus …

Judges 19 to 21 — Right in His Own Eyes


Judges 19:1 and Judges 21:25 both have a similar phrase in them: "In those days there was no king in Israel." Judges 21:25 adds the phrase "every man did what was right in his own eyes."

In Bible-study circles, we refer to a story that is bookended …

My #75hard challenge


So, my wife and I are doing the #75hard challenge. The goal is to develop mental toughness by doing 5 things every day for 75 days in a row:

  1. Follow a diet. Zero cheat meals for the entire 75 days.
  2. Work out twice a day for at least 45 minutes …

Judges 19 to 21 — Introduction


Judges 19-21 is a weird passage. I've read through it before in some Bible study groups in the past, and each time I've gone through it, I've thought to myself, "what in the world is this story doing in the Bible. What morals am I supposed to glean from this …

Should Membership Transfer Votes Be Unanimous


Recently, I was asked by at least two Adventist members whether the vote on a membership transfer needs to be unanimous. The 2015 version of the SDA church manual does not say anything about a unanimous vote in the section where it describes membership transfers, but on page 65, it …

Sabbaths in an Election


Elections are a stressful season. It is during this time that both political parties sink billions(!) of dollars into promoting their own candidate, and (perhaps more frequently) accusing their opponents. It's a season where you see the least loving, least charitable, and least Christian behaviors in people who ought to …

How Should You Vote?


Mail in ballots are arriving at Californian homes all over the state. As millions of Californians cast their votes, I thought I'd put some of my own thoughts about voting here.

First, we have a tendency to believe that the course of America lies in Washington DC. My reading of …

How to Pray for President Trump


At the time of writing this article, President Donald Trump and many other prominent Republican leaders are sick with COVID-19. While some are rejoicing in this turn of events, and are hoping that he dies before the election, this attitude is not biblical.

In Daniel 2:21 and Romans 13 …

Racism in the Early Church – Part 2


In the first century, there was a big distinction based on race in the Jewish religion. Peter writes that it was common knowledge that "it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation" (Acts 10:28). There …

Racism in the Early Church – Part 1


I was recently on a young adult Bible study where we were discussing racism in the church, and several texts from the New Testament came to mind. I wanted to put them together in a spot for my future reference.

Many of our modern churches tend to be pretty homogeneous …

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