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Punish or discipline?

One of the things I like to do is read the “Odd News” sections of various websites. After all, the deliberately odd seems preferable to the unintentional farce that is American politics right now. Seriously, folks, when they told us in Civics that “anyone” can be president, that wasn’t a challenge to see how we could scrape the barrel. Do we really want to choose between the Democrat’s political dynasty in the Clintons or the Republican Reality Realty guy in Trump? 300 Million people, 180-200 million easily over 35, and this is the best we can get?Anyway, not out for a political bloodbath today. Instead, take a look at this story: Switched at Birth. TL:DR? Two friends discovered that 41 years ago, they were switched at birth in a Canadian hospital. This is the second case of switching kids from that hospital in that era. Now, that is a bad thing. And it is even worse if it was related to neglect because it was a hospital run by the government for the Cree Nation. (Not going to take to…

Faithful in All Matters: Joshua 1

In Summary: Joshua’s story continues as his eponymous book begins. We’ve heard of Joshua already, going back to Exodus 17, so we know that Joshua is in the generation that exited Egypt under Moses’ leadership. He was likely a leader within the Israelite community already, as his first mention places him as a military leader during the battle with the Amalekites. From there, he becomes Moses’ servant (Numbers 11:28) and is selected as one of the twelve spies in Numbers 13. He brings a positive report, though it is rejected by the ten spies as well as the people of Israel.

Joshua 1, then, is not his introduction but his time to step out of the shadows and into the leading role. In doing so, God charges him to be “strong and courageous.” God repeats Himself three times (1:6, 1:7, 1:9) in commanding this—which means that He is quite serious about it. Strong here is connected to “binding tightly” or “being firm.” It’s not just about physical strength but also about mental and emotional fo…

Sermon Recaps for Revival

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We had five excellent sermons from Dr. Emil Turner for our fall revival meetings. I’ve got all of them embedded below, in case you weren’t able to attend.&nbsp

Sermon Recap for August 21

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Good morning! Here is Sunday morning’s sermon from East End Baptist Church. (Audio here)First, though, an even better thing than a sermon. Baptism!I. Our Danger A. Prosperity B. Want II. Our Need A. Real Nourishment B. Real Relief III. Our Hope A. The offer of grace B. The speaking God IV. Our Witness A. To us: the heavens B. To all: the Word C. From us: as joyful people D. From all: the righteous judgment V. Our Response
A. Seek B. Repent C. Worship

A bit of a rant

First of all, I'm really tired of people trying to make political capital out of human disasters. Nobody in Louisiana needs to be a talking point. They need a dry bed, food, and income to bridge their employers being back open so they can go back to work. Beyond that, though: in 1997, there were severe tornadoes in Arkansas. Including one where I lived. The President of the United States came, toured the damage, and his security detail and such were a bit of a disruption to work efforts. In 2005, there was a disaster called Katrina on the Gulf Coast. The President of the United States stayed away for a while, claiming that he didn't want to get in the way of relief/rescue efforts. Now, in 2016, the President of the United States is saying the same thing regarding the disaster without a name in Louisiana. Here's the deal: in 2005, the President was right, and in 2016, the President is right. I saw that in a smaller disaster in 1997. You don't have a President to do t…

Turning: Matthew 16

In Summary:

Matthew 16 begins a serious turn in the ministry of Jesus. He has been teaching about the Kingdom of God, but now His actions shift toward the final phase of earthly ministry. He has taught many things, but now His teaching will focus on why He is headed to the Cross. At least, as far as Matthew goes.

Matthew 16 finds Jesus back in the traditional land of Israel, near the Sea of Galilee (Magadan in 15:39 is likely another term for the region of Magdala, in Galilee.) The Pharisees and Sadducees are here to greet Jesus on His return from Tyre and Sidon. Though He has been healing the sick and proclaiming the truth of God, they are not here with a fruit basket and a welcome mat.

They are here with questions. Questions, after all, are a great way to trap someone. A well-formed question provides benefits to the questioner no matter how it is answered. Unless, of course, one is questioning the Lord God Almighty. Then it does not turn out so well. The Pharisees and Sadducees want…

Book: Eschatology

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It's the end of the world as we know it...and there will be no more insufferable references to 90s music! Eschatology is that branch of theology which studies the last things. Eschatologyis collection of essays looking at this area of theology.

This book has its roots at Dallas Theological Seminary and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Therefore, it should not be surprising to find dispensationalism as the primary grid of eschatology used here. This differentiates the work here from a book that presents a varied viewpoint, like one of the "Four Views" series does.

That is a strength of this work, if you know that you are getting it. Rather than wading through a surface treatment of divergent views, the reader begins to see the implications of a basic dispensational understanding in areas of theology and Christian life.

A word should also be shared regarding the contributors to this volume of essays. They range from seminary presidents to seminary professors to …

Sermon Recap for August 14

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Good afternoon! Here are the sermons from the past 3 Sunday mornings. There are two from me, and the one from David Mason from the Central Baptist Association. I’m trying to fix a problem with the audio feed on the podcast (here) and then we’ll get that back up and going.July 31 AM Sermon from David Mason:
August 7 AM Sermon from Doug Hibbard:
August 14 AM Sermon from Doug Hibbard

It’s good to be back from Peru. I shared some about the trip last night at church, and I’ll start spilling out stories from the trip here on the blog soon.
Doug

Book: NIV Cultural Backgrounds Bible

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Today’s book is the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Bible. (Yes, I’m in Peru. I wrote this before I left and scheduled it for the blog tour.) Zondervan provided a copy for me to to review.Before we get too far, let me lay down some realities on this review. I have not read all of the study notes in this Bible. I have focused on one book of the Bible, Ephesians. I am also not going to deal with the pros and cons of the New International Version. There’s enough on that in both pop-level blogging, academia, and the pastoral world.Enough of that. On to Ephesians!First, the concept for the Cultural Backgrounds Bible: while most study Bibles look somewhat at the direct cultural background of the text, this one spreads that effort. The goal is to provide readers with not only the Israelite or early Christian direct context, but to look at the cultures which surrounded the events in Scripture. This provides a better understanding of why some stories are explained the way they are. For more informati…