Just some random stuff I wrote way back when about living the life we’re called to live in following Christ. Be Generous …it is necessary to…keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus, for He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ Acts 20:35 The giver of a gift is happier … Continue reading "7 Ways to Walk on the Way"
If you know me in real life, you probably already know this, though you might be left in the dark for some reason. At 2:03PM, on July 16, 2014, my wife gave birth to David Nathaniel Smith (aka Nathan), my son. (And yes, I am 19. And yes, he was an entirely post-nuptial pregnancy.) He … Continue reading "The Baby"
I do not believe that there is any way to lose (or give up) salvation. Or at least I do not think there is. Yet some verses in Scripture are pretty difficult to interpret this way. To get right to it, there are two major problem passages which come up often. I usually don’t spend … Continue reading "Can You Actually Lose Your Salvation? Part 1"
As Christians, most of us do quite a bit of Bible study in some form or another. We always have a topic to talk about, a sermon to listen to, or theological issue to study. Isn’t this to be expected, though? We have 66 books (73 if you’re Catholic) which we hold to be our ultimate authority. We’re told … Continue reading "Don’t Forget to Love"
I have lots of questions. This is in stark contrast to the “me” of two years ago, who had nothing but answers. But that’s how things go naturally. The more you come to know, the more you realize you don’t actually know. For many issues, I would go so far as to say that certainty … Continue reading "The One Thing I Know"
If you didn’t know this already, I’m a bit of an introvert. And I, like my introvert pals, sometimes do things that don’t make sense to other people. Socially unusual things. They are easy to misinterpret. I’m pretty sure people frequently get the wrong idea. So here’s a basic guide to weird things we do. … Continue reading "#JustIntrovertThings"
As Caleb awaits the birth of his child, I thought I’d rudely offer my unasked-for advice. The process of rearing children seems to me, an unmarried, unsexed, needless to say, un-patriarchal individual, much simpler than parents often admit. It isn’t necessarily that they won’t admit that the process is simple as though out of self-interest; … Continue reading "Quick Thoughts on Children"
Context. Possibly the most important word in Biblical interpretation. Nearly anything in the Bible, if ripped from its proper context, can be used wrongly or just be perplexing. Imagine, for example, Elijah’s instructions to the rich leper Naaman being used to tell someone how to treat skin cancer. “Go, wash yourself seven times in the … Continue reading "How to Not Take Bible Verses Out of Context"
“That’s just your interpretation.” How many times have you heard those infamous words? Any time you disagree with certain people over what the Bible teaches, you will hear this. And while your initial reaction may be frustration or condescension, it does raise a legitimate question. When different people disagree on the meaning of Scripture, at … Continue reading "Bible Interpretation: Don’t Wander Alone"