Undercover Agents

Art of Samson destroying the temple

Some people mentioned in the Bible forcefully took action against things related to false gods/false worship. For example: Gideon tore down his father’s altar to Baal, which shouldn’t have been there in the first place. (Judges 6:25-32; see 2:2) King Josiah’s destroying of pagan objects even smacks of overkill. (2 Chronicles 34) Samson pulled down the temple of the god…

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Can’t Rely on Publishers

pile of papers marked "rejected"

Publishing companies are in business to make money. That includes Christian publishers—and not all Christian publishers are run by Christians. If a book about angels gets lots of attention, suddenly everyone rushes to write/publish about angels. And any topic that gets traction leads publishers to capitalize further by creating related products to sell. Since it’s mostly about money, what if…

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Witnessing Can Be Simple

coworkers talking

The minister had said that our own pride can keep us from mentioning the Lord to others. He challenged us to be approachable so that friends will want to talk with us about our faith. But he also urged us to grab opportunities to “approach someone you’re not supposed to approach.” Hmm. That sure caused self-examination! As I began to…

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Funny False Teaching

Doctor's note diagnosing God with alzheimer's and infertility

This blog addresses serious theological problems, including when people deliberately confuse all kinds of Bible teaching. But there are times when we accidentally misstate things. Here are some examples found in my work as an editor/proofreader. These all speak to the nature of God (uh… well…). Let’s have a theological chuckle—and maybe learn a bit about good writing too. *   …

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Too Busy Singing

US Navy choir

Ever feel helpless, like your troubles are too big to handle? Even kids do sometimes! So I was telling the grandkids the story of King Jehoshaphat’s army (2 Chronicles 20:1-30). An assortment of enemies had gathered together against God’s people and were going to attack. God’s people had an army but surely not with the equipment of those other armies,…

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