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Hodges on Hebrews (Part 6)
Here is the†sixth installment on on the book of Hebrews by Zane Hodges. You can download or listen to it with the player below, or subscribe to the Till He Comes Podcast. I apologize for the low quality of some of these sessions, but they were that way on the tape, and there’s not much ...
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I had lunch today with several great people:†Dr. Carl Raschke, author of The Next†Reformation and the soon to be released GloboChrist, Tony Brown, author of the eventually to be released Poseranity, Stephen Hammond, pastor of Mosaic Arlington and co-director of Square1 Church Planting, Carey Gable, pastor of The Vine Community†in Paris, TX, Nathan Laughlin, facilitator ...
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Reading the NT Wright (Part 2)
Yesterday I introduced a paper by NT Wright called “How Can the Bible Be Authoritative?” (By the way, this lecture was delivered in 1989 at Dallas Theological Seminary). Today, I want to summarize his conclusions. After showing that the commonly taught methods of Bible study actually undermined the inspiration and authority of Scripture, Wright†argues that since ...
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Reading the NT Wright
For many months now, I have been developing a new approach to reading and studying the Bible. It’s still in the “theoretical” stage, so I won’t stick my neck out yet by explaining what it is. I’m pretty excited about it though, because it has really helped in my understanding and application of various passages ...
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Hodges on Hebrews (Part 5)
Please pray for me as I am trying to find work! My previous job ended with the school year. Missional living is tough, especially when all your education, training, and experience is geared toward pastoral ministry. In the job market, I might as well have no education. Anyway, here is the fifth installment on on the ...
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God vs. Church
When someone finds out you are a Christian, have you noticed how they respond? As Wendy and I talk with people in our neighborhood, at the store, or down at the park, it often seems that†the discussion comes back around to “religion.”†Maybe someone asks what brought us to Dallas, and we say that we came here ...
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Riding the Wave
There are three kinds of people in the world, those who make waves, those who ride waves, and those who sit on the beach. Wave Makers Wave makers are those who innovate, create, and change the direction of culture and society. They are often well known, and people who know about them feel very strongly one way ...
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Hodges on Hebrews (Part 4)
I hope you are enjoying the insights from Zane Hodges†on how to understand the book of Hebrews . It really is one of the more difficult books of the New Testament, especially with those five warning passages. Also, while I am not Zane, if you have questions about anything he says, go ahead and post them ...
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Pastor no More
I’ve written briefly on this before, but Wendy and I are coming to the firm conviction that we are not cut out to be what is commonly thought of as a “Pastor al family.” I am no longer a pastor, and she is not a pastor’s wife. Nor are we going into “church planting” even though I ...
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Hodges on Hebrews (Part 3)
Here is the†third recording from Zane Hodges on the book of Hebrews . Enjoy! Remember, there are eight lectures, and I will try to provide one or two per week until all are available, so keep checking back. You can get e-mail updates by subscribing to this blog, and you could also add my podcast feed to ...
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Biggest Church Fad of All Time
In complete contradiction to my post from Wednesday, and†in response to†my blogging friends Helen and†Bullet, I decided to post the following article. I wrote it several months ago, and have wavered about posting it, but never have, for fear of being too critical of those who are critical. So you be the judge:†Does the following ...
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Friday is for Friends
I have noticed on other blogs that many bloggers do a “Friday is for Friends ” feature where they mention other blogs and web resources that have recently been helpful. I won’t do this every Friday, but below are a few new features and resources that might be helpful for you. 1. Facebook First, notice that I have ...
Hodges on Hebrews (Part 2)
Here is the second recording from Zane Hodges on the book of Hebrews . Enjoy! Remember, there are eight lectures, and I will try to provide one or two per week until all are available, so keep checking back. You can get e-mail updates by subscribing to this blog, and you could also add my podcast feed ...
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Criticizing the Critics
I used to be†very critical of everybody and everything that didn’t do things the way I thought they should be done and didn’t believe the same way I believed. I have been trying to change so that I am much less critical. This is especially true since I realized that much of what I criticize ...
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Hodges on Hebrews
Many years ago, I read somewhere (I think it was in Joseph Dillow’s book The Reign of the Servant Kings) about the revolutionary†lectures by Zane Hodges on how to understand the book of Hebrews .†Dillow’s book was printed in 1992, and so†Zane’s lectures†must have been†given†at least†twenty years ago.†When I read this, I wanted to find out ...
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How to Spark a Church Planting Movement
Do you want to see churches planted, but don’t have loads of money? Do it missionally. Here’s a basic outline by which anyone can plant a church. 1. Get a job, any job. But not a pastoral job, unless the church which employs you allows you to plant churches in the way outlined below (I’ve seen ...
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Isn’t my wife beautiful?†And aside from being the greatest wife a guy could have, and the greatest mother children could be blessed with, you should listen to her†talk about†feeding the†hungry, providing housing for single mothers, helping orphans find homes, giving food and water to starving†children overseas, and a myriad of other things. † And guess what? ...
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Moving toward Missional
Katdish (Kathy Richards)†asked a great question on a previous post of mine, and I realized my reply needed to be it’s own post. Here is what she asked: We’re in the beginning stages of planting a church.†I’ve been reading quite a few blogs about church planting.†I like what I’ve been reading for the most part.†My biggest ...
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I have a Problem
When I came down to Texas for Seminary three years ago, I brought 150 shelf-feet of books with me. In other words, my books took up 150 feet of bookshelf space. I just added it all up again, and in three years, I have added over 60 feet of books! 20 feet a year! I am ...
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Time for Mission
Did you see The 2008 TIME 100 list? Every year, TIME magazine compiles a list of of the 100 most influential people of the past year, divided up into categories like “Leaders and Revolutionaries,” “Scientists and Thinkers,” and “Artists and Entertainers.” In previous years, I have noticed that at least one pastor made it onto the ...
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A Good Discipleship Program
What is the best program for making good disciples? In other words, how can a person be adequately trained and prepared to be a follower of Jesus? If you check with the local Christian bookstore, you will find that the most common way to disciple someone is to take them through some sort of discipleship manual. ...
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Today I was reading a discussion over at Bob Robert’s blog about how getting conversions should not be the primary goal of church planting. Instead, we should aim for what Jesus tells us to aim for, which is making disciples. The issue, of course, is “How best do you make disciples?” For now, the comments by Bob ...
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Upon Entering Seminary (What I Want to Say When I Come Out)
I officially graduated from Seminary on Saturday (even though I didn’t go to the ceremony, I still count it as my graduation day). About three years ago before entering Seminary, I wrote what I wanted to¬†be able to say when I came out. I haven’t looked at it in three years, and only last week did I remember that I wrote it. So¬†I¬†searched through my files and found¬†what I had¬†written. At the time, I was a pastor in a church in Montana. I loved the people, I loved the church, I loved the area, I loved what I was doing. Nevertheless, I felt God leading me to seminary. I was terrified to go, but I went anyway.¬†Here is what I wrote: On Entering Seminary (What I want to say when I come out) I am thankful for my seminary degree, but I am not glad I have it. It shows a compromise with worldly standards that are not necessarily God’s. It is what man wants of a pastor. God doesn’t really care. Letters and degrees and accolades mean nothing to Him. The Lord looks ...
The Future of the Church (Part 3 of 3)
In Part 1 and Part 2 of this short series on the Future of the Church , I wrote about how†the church needs to escape the attractional, church-growth model of the church, and become more missional. Doing so will enable us to prepare for the world-wide reawakening of the church that is coming. In this post, I ...
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The Future of the Church (Part 2 of 3)
In the book Back To Jerusalem†three†Chinese church leaders tell about their vision that God is going to use the Chinese church to finish the Great Commission. They note that in general, the church started in Jerusalem and moved Westward into Northern Africa and Europe. While there, it experienced several cycles of awakening and decline for ...
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The Future of the Church (Part 1 of 3)
Thanks to a comment by Brad on yesterday’s post, I found the Missional Church Network†blog. (See? Posting comments on someone†else’s blog does work! If you make comments on the blogs of others, it helps people find your blog.) I love everything written by Alan Hirsch, and so when I saw a post containing a†YouTube Video by ...
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Over the past year, I have experienced a huge paradigm shift in my thinking about life and ministry. As a result, I have watched with interest how this shift has affected my theology and my ministry practice. Below is a brief explanation of the shift that has occurred, and†a few†of the resultant†ramifications. The SHIFT:† I no longer ...
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The Tangible Kingdom
I was able to get my hands on a free copy of The Tangible Kingdom last week, which thrilled me because I was going to buy it anyway. It’s the newest book from The Leadership Network, and so far, I haven’t read a book from them that I don’t like. The Tangible Kingdom was no ...
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What is the Gospel?
What is the gospel? The gospel is good news. Do you want to know what good news is? Well here’s some: I just got word five hours ago that I passed my Thesis! (I got a B). Which means…I passed all my classes!† In othe words, I just finished 20th grade! (Slow at math?†6 for grade school + 2 ...
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Storytelling with C. S. LewisMore articles from this author:
With Prince Caspian soon to be in the theaters, I have been reflecting somewhat on the writings and theology of CS Lewis . Have you ever wondered why he wrote The Chronicles of Narnia? I am convinced it is partly because he knew that stories often teach theology better than simply teaching theology. Look at these quotes ...
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