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Male and Female: Whose Church Is It, Anyway?

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The discussion so far: 1) In the Beginning
2) A Suitable Helper 3) Partners in Sin 4) Women in the Old Testament, part 1
5) Women in the Old Testament, part 2 6) Creation 2.0 7) Rockstar Women of the Early Church 8) Was Paul Sexist? 9) 99 Problems, the church in Corinth 10) Eve vs. Artemis .......
Full disclosure - I am Church of Christ born and bred. I went through the entire program. I was born to faithful, active parents. We were at church every time the doors were open. I went to private Church of Christ schools from 1st grade through college (Jackson Christian School, Columbia Academy, and Harding University). I have worked as a full time youth minster and worship leader in two different Churches of Christ over the past 8 1/2 years.

I can totally relate to Paul in Philippians 3 when he is listing off his resume. Oh you want to talk religious cred? How bout them apples? Paul says he was a “Hebrew of Hebrews.” Well, I guess that would make me… CoC of CoC. Paul’s point in saying all that was…

My Re-Birthday

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Yesterday was Pi day. Yet before I knew that magical, irrational number, March 14 was the day on which I was baptized. I guess I was in 5th grade back in 1999 when I made the decision to obey in faith the gospel which I had been taught.

It's interesting to me that I could quite calmly make the biggest decision of my life as an 11 year old. But now that I have been a Christian longer than not, I look back and realize that in the last 12 years, I have sinned WAY more than in the first 11.

That brings me to this song. I have been a big Relient K fan ever since their first album. They put out a single a year or two ago that I just recently started paying attention to. It's called "Forget and Not Slow Down." The chorus is a great reminder of the fact that on our journey to follow God, there will be many times that we fall down, turn aside, or just lose track of where we are.

But God will always be there to "resurrect the saint within the wretch."

"But if we …

Imago Dei, part 2

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There is so much more to this thing about "being made in God's image" than I really want to take time to discuss. All I want to do is share some thoughts from a few different angles.

Last time we looked at the job that God intends for his image bearers to carry out - tending to, caring for, and ruling over the rest of creation. This is the first and foremost responsibility given to human beings. That word "responsibility" will come into play several more times.

So here are some more thoughts on the Imago Dei. I'll try and keep it brief.

1. All humans are created in God's image. That's right. All humans bear His image - male and female; red, yellow, black, and white; rich and poor; slave and free; alcoholics, homosexuals, and devout Christians. We have a tendency to place people into various categories when we encounter those different from ourselves. We see a middle-aged, black female who is a single mother living on welfare. Judgments are made, and…

Salt, part 1

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I've taken a hiatus from writing as I have been focusing on being a dad. It's been about 5 months, and now I feel like putting my thoughts out there in the blogoshpere once again. So here we go...
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Elijah's story runs throughout the 2nd half of 1 Kings. He is one of the first major prophets since the time of Samuel. He is even thought of as the prophet in the line of Moses that was promised back in Deuteronomy. But I don't want to talk about Elijah right now. I want to talk about Elijah's protege, apprentice, and successor - Elisha.

Elisha's name literally means "God saves". And just as Elijah was a type of Moses, so Elisha is a type of Joshua (whose name means "YHWH saves"). Elijah's time on the earth has come to an end by 2 Kings 2, and he takes Elisha on a journey outside the land of Israel across the Jordan which is parted before them so they may walk across on dry ground. Elijah is then taken up into heav…