My Personal Approach to Theology

My Personal Approach to Theology

This was a position paper I wrote back in October 2000 for a Theology class at Dallas Theological Seminary on my “My Personal Approach to Theology.” Upon entering Dallas Theological Seminary, I have had a butterflies-in-my-stomach sense of overwhelming anxiety that I don’t have the self-discipline, brainpower or motivation to succeed in theological studies. My …

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Revealed Insights from Luke 4:14-5:16

Revealed Insights from Luke 4:14-5:16

Jesus was driven from His hometown of Nazareth by His fellow neighborhood Jews after teaching the synagogue that He is the Messiah who will include performing miracles to Gentiles (4:14-30). We then see Jesus driving out demons with no fear or hesitancy (4:31-37), then healing people and casting more demons out at will (4:38-41).Next, Jesus …

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Superman Syndrome

Superman Syndrome

Have you ever thought you were alone? Not just for a few hours or days, but truly… intrinsically and hopelessly A-L-O-N-E?To feel as if feelings don’t exist. Dark and heavy clouds encircling about your soul. A loud quiet captures your equilibrium. A sense of floating aimlessly down a river without any chance of help or …

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WAWOT

WAWOT

I just wasted about 20 minutes of my day answering at least 50 advertising questions for an online survey. The end result is………………………………………….. “You have been automatically entered into our drawing for a chance to win a prize. If you win one of the prizes you will be contacted through the email address at which …

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Using Jesus’ Name

Using Jesus’ Name

Oneness of life on earth gives oneness of name. Kids carry their father’s family name because they have his life. Often kids who have a great dad are honored or helped by others just because they are his children. But that wouldn’t go for very long if their character didn’t match their dad’s name (reputation). …

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Virtues from the Fraggles

Virtues from the Fraggles

I was watching the Muppets Family Christmas Special on video yesterday with my infant son (who loves any kind of puppet on the TV) and was intrigued by a song the Fraggles sing called, “Pass it On.” The lyrics reflect a heart of giving in community. As I pondered the significance of this simple children’s …

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Family Values

Family Values

What are your highest priorities? What kind of people do you want your children to be? What contributions do you want to make in this life? The definition of core values, according to Dr. Aubrey Malphurs of Dallas Theological Seminary, are “the constant, passionate, biblical core beliefs that drive [you].” (Values-Driven Leadership, 34.)Reasons for clarifying …

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Levels: Measuring Spiritual Progress

Levels: Measuring Spiritual Progress

[This is a Work in Progress!]Why can’t I be perfect? After all, the Bible tells me I’m supposed to be perfect! (Matthew 5:48). Please don’t dismiss this question by thinking we can’t ever be that way because of our struggle with sin. Perhaps there’s more than meets the eye regarding our becoming like Jesus. You …

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Victory Over the Trampling of My Soul

Victory Over the Trampling of My Soul

Every day is the day for victory! Metaphorically speaking, my once-tense-muscles are now relaxed… I have inhaled relief… my burden taken… my conscience cleansed… and my pain alleviated… I have let go… my thirsty soul has been quenched.The Lord Jesus Christ is the One who has given me victory over the trampling of my soul–my …

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Sharing Your Heart

Sharing Your Heart

I shared my heart with seven different people (including my wife) in the past two days about what God is doing in my life. As much as my heart is encouraged, I’m also tired from sharing it so much. Each time I’ve got to start from the beginning and say the same things the same …

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