Truth often challenged

Truth is often challenged, never defeated, sometimes obscured from proper view by enemies and disciples who deny the Master. Talk about rapture and earthly millennium quickly devolves into “I think,” “I believe,” and “I don’t see any problem.” Shouldn’t that tell us something? Sofa from the library looks great in the living room. Colors work […]

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A translation rule

I’m not a professional translator, although I’ve done some of it, even for pay. It’s a challenging task. One of my translating rules: Prefer translation over transliteration, in order to reveal the meaning. For example, there’s no reason in the world to translate the NT Greek word as presbyters instead of elders. None whatsoever. In […]

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Say no

Warren Buffett said, “The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.” I’m learning. It’s not that I’m trying to be a billionaire, but to do a good work in the Kingdom. A few principles apply from one area to the next, but I’m usually […]

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Can unravel quickly

Cloth, church, and society can unravel quickly. They deserve the utmost care; the church, especially, since it deals with eternity. If Satan can thwart an apostle, 1 Thessalonians 2.18, he can do similar things to God’s children today. He uses unrighteous people to do it, remember. In recent weeks have upped my intake of water. […]

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The letter that never got sent

Going through papers, I found a thank-you letter that never got sent. Maybe pure negligence on my part. Maybe the date gives a clue: 10 Sept 2001. What keeps a person from leaving social media altogether? Some do. I’m tempted. Across the board, our congregations could improve their internet presence considerably. Weylan Deaver, of Denton […]

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Article lost but found

It was lost but now is found: Stan Mitchell’s article on wrath for our Brazilian dictionary of biblical vocabulary. All the more precious now he’s gone. One day a denominational devotional is really good; the next day, really bad, as it waffles, subjectivizes, calvinizes, theologizes. On such days it causes no little consternation. One book […]

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Only one will last

Of all groups, societies, and associations, only the church will last forever and receive eternal life. (Even marriage will end in this life.) Makes it worth investing in, does it not? What’s your gift? We all have at least one, right? Mine? Teaching, writing, synthesizing, to name a few. I want another gift: encouragement. To […]

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