• The Story: What Went Wrong?

    October 28, 2013 Agendas

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    If you’re reading this, you are probably know the story of the temptation and fall of Adam and Eve well enough to tell it from memory. The highlights would probably go something like:

    Satan comes, in the form of a snake, to tempt Eve.
    The temptation is to eat the forbidden fruit—the fruit of the tree God warned them not to eat of.
    Eve succumbs to the temptation, and then shares the forbidden fruit with Adam, who …


  • The Story: Life In The Garden

    October 21, 2013 Agendas, The Story (Article Series)

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    So, how much does the world we live in resemble the world God created in Genesis 1?

    To answer that, we are going to need more details about that world. Fortunately, Genesis helps us there. We may not find everything we want to know, but everything we need to know to follow The Story is there.

    Genesis is written as a series of stories—each explaining what happened to someone or something from the preceding story.  In …


  • The Story: Opening Scenes

    October 17, 2013 Agendas, The Story (Article Series)

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    What must it have been like, to experience the Garden of Eden?

    For most of us, paradise probably sums it up. And with that comes visions of tropical beaches and cool drinks. Tables full of food. Leisure. Relaxation. Opulence.

    I think some of these at least partially capture the idea, but it’s worth pausing to consider the details as we begin to think about what went wrong. In order to appreciate what was lost, we’ll need …


  • The Story: In The Beginning…

    September 23, 2013 Agendas, The Story (Article Series)

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    “And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.”      Genesis 2:25 (NAS95)

    As The Story begins in Genesis, Adam and Eve find themselves in the midst of paradise. The verse above just might describe the pinnacle of that paradise.

    This captures the situation immediately after Eve is introduced into The Story. They were naked. And it seems to have been a good thing. Naked and unashamed.

    Yet today, nakedness tends to …


  • The Story: The Assumptions We Bring

    September 9, 2013 Agendas, The Story (Article Series)

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    Note — A busy travel schedule interrupted my writing for the Summer. As we move toward Fall, I plan to resume the writing routine of last Spring, posting a brief introduction and questions one week in anticipation of an article the following week. But rather than picking up where we left off, I want to start a new topic — “The Story”.


    Where did we come from?

    Every answer I know of can be grouped under …


  • Exploring Dependence – Walking By The Spirit

    June 10, 2013 Agendas

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    Note — In the past, I have tried to produce articles on a regular schedule. If the topic required more attention than I could give it in the time I had allotted myself, I simply broke the discussion up into several smaller pieces. However, as I came to this article, I felt it needed a more cohesive treatment than this approach allows. So, I have taken three months to produce it. It is much …


  • Exploring Dependence – What Do We Know About Walking By The Spirit?

    March 18, 2013 Agendas, Exploring Dependence (Article Series)

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    5 Steps to Walking By The Spirit

    Sounds appealing, doesn’t it?

    Many of us have been believers for more years that we care to count, and yet “walking by the Spirit” remains an nebulous concept. You would think by now, someone would have laid it out for us, step by step.

    The fact that the concept remains so mysterious to so many of us leads me to a couple of conclusions. Either everyone else is just as clueless, or it …


  • Exploring Dependence – Oblivious to the Spirit?

    March 11, 2013 Agendas, Exploring Dependence (Article Series)

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    So, if we’re a believer, we have the Spirit. And this Spirit was given to us so that we could know the mind of God — a level of communication even deeper than direct conversation. Yet we find ourselves asking how God communicates with us, fearful that the most we can hope for is guidance from documents recorded at least 2000 years ago. How is it possible for us to have the Spirit, yet be …


  • Exploring Dependence – Can We Recognize “Spiritual”?

    March 4, 2013 Agendas, Exploring Dependence (Article Series)

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    How would you define a “spiritual” person?

    For as long as I can remember, the pinnacle of the Christian journey has been to achieve  “spiritual” status. But what does that mean?

    Let’s start with our assumptions. Take a couple of minutes and write down the first things that come to mind about “being spiritual.” How would you describe a “spiritual person”?



    What scriptures can you think of that speak to the issue of being “spiritual”?



    In the passage …


  • Exploring Dependence – Knowing God’s Mind?

    February 26, 2013 Agendas

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    I have a number of coins my grandfather gave me through the years. For the most part, they were either recently minted silver dollars or reproductions of older coins; all of them encased in a special plastic holder. Each time he gave me one, I sensed he saw a value in them that eluded me. To me, they seemed to be worth about a dollar a piece.

    Today, I keep them in a safe deposit …