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    Do Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God?

    You might think such a question should be simple. Yes. No. But answers about God and his nature have never been able to fit on the bumper of a car. The Bible is full of of descriptive passages as to God’s character, often using anthropomorphisms …

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    When You Don’t Know What To Do

    It was the evening of November 12th. Sitting with my dear friend Samir at his home in Saudi Arabia, I got a text from our daughter Anna who lives in Beirut: Don’t worry. I’m ok.   “Why would she say that,” I asked Samir. He …

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    The Bible: Is It Really That Complex?

    Here is an essay introduction I wrote to the book of II Thessalonians for the recently released Jesus Centered Bible. **** First, a confession… I have no idea what “the man of lawlessness” referenced in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 is all about.  This mysterious phrase is …

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    How Do We Really “Spread the Good News”?

    Here is an essay introduction I wrote to the book of I Thessalonians for the recently released Jesus Centered Bible.   **** Jesus in I Thessalonians More than I’ve seen in my lifetime, people in the church are divided over how we should most effectively spread …

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    Jesus and Jeremiah: The Weeping Prophets

    Charles Spurgeon, speaking to a young pastor, once said: “Don’t you know, young man, that from every town, and every village, and every little hamlet in England, wherever it may be, there is a road to London? And so from every text in Scripture there …

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    Why Franklin Graham and not Iran?

    I’m pretty hard on America, our military, Christians (evangelicals in particular), Republicans and white people. So if you’re a white, American, male, evangelical Christian, Republican, pro-military leader – watch out. I’m gonna pick on you! And, oddly enough, I’m going to go the extra mile …

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  • An Open Letter to Franklin Graham

    An Open Letter to Franklin Graham Your father is my hero.  #1 on a long list of potential heroes. I’m sure it gets tiring being compared to him. But I think you’re stuck – you’re his son. I don’t know you personally, Franklin.  I admire …

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    At the end of the year, I….

    …I want more of Jesus. Really, if I were smart, I’d stop right here. This blog would be done. Because that says it all. I want more of Jesus. Hungry and thirsty for him.  For the life he gives and the love he offers and …

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    The Nuances of Truth

    We want our politics to fit on a bumper sticker.  Stand with Michael Brown. Ferguson Forever. Seek and Destroy ISIS.  Hope and Change. Amnesty for Immigrants. Was officer Darren Wilson actually guilty? Was Michael Brown really an innocent victim?  Our brains and hearts cry out …

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  • Finding ISIS in Ferguson

    ISIS. Ebola. Ferguson.  We sit glued to our television sets enthralled by the power of “What-if.”  What if ISIS comes here?  What if I catch Ebola and die?  What if disgruntled minorities rise up in violent protest where I live?  The media sells it. We …

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