Let me introduce you to my grandfather, Marshall Bain. I named my son after him. He was the closest thing I had to a father until he died in my early teenage years. If you want to know why I do what I do, or why I am who I am...look at my grandaddy. He … Continue reading Bad Theology Ruins Lives
This week was my turn to deliver a message on Timothy. It fell to me to cover the end times, starting with 2nd Timothy 3 as the base text. If you're interested, the audio is available here. One of the stranger things in this passage is Paul's concern for overwhelmed women (γυναικάρια σεσωρευμένα) in verse six. … Continue reading Women in Ministry Leadership
Recently I've noticed a lot of people asking me how I'm doing. This happens at church, at school...basically everywhere. Without thinking, I tend to respond, "Tired." Sometimes I add a bit about having young children to make my response into a bit of a joke, to lighten the mood a bit. But it's not just … Continue reading I’m tired
Sometimes, life sucks. I wish I could declare triumphantly that our lives are always roses and sunshine. But they aren't. So what do we do? Well, that's a huge question. I've written about tragedy a bit. I wrote about how beauty helps us navigate tragedy. I've written twice about how we ought to talk to … Continue reading God doesn’t want you to be a good person
Today we continue our series on Jonah, particularly focusing on how he uses scripture in his prayer. Here's the verse in question (2:4): But I thought, “I was driven out from in front of you and your eyes Yet I will again look to your holy temple. The first thing to notice is that Jonah emphasizes … Continue reading Unexpected Exegesis, part 2
Earlier this week, we talked about watching our words. But in the midst of hearing the sermon, and writing about the sermon...I missed the point. This weeks devotional remedied that quickly. Pastoral guides must also see to it with careful concern that not only should nothing evil proceed from their lips but that not even … Continue reading Please forgive me
I struggle with this. Notice the bottom left corner: when words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise. This is Proverbs 10:19. I hate it. Did you know that Facebook has a character limit on posts? I do. Today's sermon was challenging. We're all having a hard time with … Continue reading Watch your words!