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Afterlife Matters: Common misconceptions of life after death and why they matter Part Four

In this series, we’re walking through some common misconceptions about life after death. If you missed the first three posts why people don’t become angels, why hell isn’t the devil’s domain or playhouse, and that hell is not a place that stands outside and against the will of God, click on the links to look back. In fourth and […]

Afterlife Matters: Common misconceptions of life after death and why they matter Part Three

In this series, we’re walking through some common misconceptions about life after death. If you missed the first two posts where we looked at why people don’t become angels and why hell isn’t the devil’s domain or playhouse, click on the links to look back. In this third installment we’re looking at the misconception that hell stands outside and […]

Afterlife Matters: Common misconceptions of life after death and why they matter Part Two

In this series, we’re walking through some common misconceptions about life after death. With the Bible placing such great emphasis on the afterlife, it’s important to correct our vision and bring it into line with what Scripture teaches. We should also fix views of eternity, because doing so will often help correct deficiencies in our understanding of the story […]

Afterlife Matters: Common misconceptions of life after death and why they matter

What happens when we die? This question has plagued mankind since we ate of the fruit and were expelled from the Garden. I’m sure one of the first questions out of Adam’s mouth East of Eden was, “So we’re going to die…but then what?” Because, if there is one thing our immortal soul recognizes, it […]

Judge not lest you be judged?

At my church we just finished a sermon series entitled “Sexology,” looking at God’s design for romance, sex, and marriage from 1 Corinthians. During the series our local paper, the Lebanon Democrat, asked me to run a few columns on faith. Below is the first of two: It seems that today “Judge not lest you […]

Is Proverbs 22:6 a Promise?

Many Christian parents feel guilty when their children do not “turn out right.” They ask questions like, “What did we do wrong? What else could we have done?” What is more problematic is that the guilt so many Christian parents feel finds its root in the Bible. After all, Proverbs 22:6 states, “Train up a […]

A Simple Guide to Reading and Applying the Bible with Jesus as the Hero

The heart of Baptist 21 beats to a Christ-centered rhythm. We love Jesus and we long to see “all things united in him” (Eph 1:10). This longing to see all things united to Jesus, of course, includes the way Scripture is read. Unfortunately, it isn’t always the case that people read the Bible in a […]

How Do You Preach Christ From The Proverbs?

The heart of Baptist 21 beats to a Christ-centered rhythm. We love Jesus and we long to see “all things united in him” (Eph 1:10). This longing to see all things united to Jesus, of course, includes the way Scripture is read. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. That’s why we are excited to see […]

Love of Neighbor or Fear of Neighbor?

Oxford University is concerned about pork. They wrote that writers should avoid mentioning “anything else which could be perceived as pork.”  And while it is certainly good and loving to try to avoid unnecessarily offending each other, the timing of this adjustment is a bit curious. Why after hundreds of years of publishing did Oxford […]

The Most Misinterpreted OT Passages

There are some passages that if you’ve grown up in church you know and quote; they’re often put on Christian paraphernalia and utilized by pastors to bolster their ministries or fund building campaigns, but sadly little attention is given to what they actually mean in their contexts. In this series, I want to walk through […]

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