Depression: Walking on Water

For those who don’t know, I am blessed to be a part of the Tyndale Blog Network. I say blessed because it provides me with reading material that doesn’t cost money. It’s been a hit with my wife (in saving money) other than the fact that it does add to my already too-large book collection. So, I might be termed a book lover/hoarder aka bibliophile. Because of this opportunity with Tyndale, I am able to branch out and read books that are outside of my comfort zone. These are books that I acknowledge are potential good reads, I might peruse them in a book store, but I just don’t have the unlimited coffers to purchase them with. I opted for a book titled Walking on Water: When You Feel Like You’re Drowning by Tommy Nelson and Steve...

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Get Some Fresh Air: A Book Review

Get Some Fresh Air: A Book Review

So many products advertise how fresh they are – be it an add for a so-and-so scented deodorizer or the newest trendy organic food choice. Turn on the TV and you’re bound to hear the adjective fresh applied to something within the span of 10 minutes. If you were to look up the word fresh, you would see that it can be applied as a noun, verb, adverb or adjective. This might give you an idea as to just how much the word is used. Enter Pastor Chris Hodges of Church of the Highlands in Birmingham, AL along with his new book, Fresh Air. (For those of you who read the subtitles of books and keep score, it’s labeled “trading stale spiritual obligations for a life-altering, energizing, experience-it-everyday relationship with God.”  I...

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Distracted?

Today was a long day. On the way home, I decided to go ahead and get the weekly grocery store stop out of the way. My destination was that place known as Walmart, otherwise called he…you get the point. I hate going to Walmart. I hate shopping. For the record, if food wasn’t so good, I’d starve. Anyway, I completed the first leg of my journey which involved the obstacle course known as the place where I work’s construction traffic. After that, I jump on the stretch of interstate and run a shorter version of the Daytona 500. There’s a particular stretch where everyone in the right lane likes to see how far below the minimum speed limit they can go and still keep moving. The other lane is full of all the ticked off people weaving in and...

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Bible Versions Part I: Formal Equivalence

Bible Versions Part I: Formal Equivalence

I realize one of the most overwhelming things for a new Christian (or even an experienced Christian) can be finding the right Bible. With that in mind, I will attempt to provide a common man’s guide to finding the Bible version best suited for your reading and study. Foundational to my own exploration of the subject is the realization that there is simply no single best Bible version. There are a number of factors that go into each available translation, making some Bibles more suitable than others for each person. I am certainly not a translation expert, but I have some of my own experience in researching and using various versions that I want to share with you, because it greatly helped me determine which Bible translations are most appropriate. Yes, do...

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CINO. Christian in Name Only.

I’ve got a new acronym for you. CINO, which means Christian In Name Only. If you follow politics at all, you might be familiar with the term “RINO” which is a derogatory term for politicians who espouse views that don’t agree with a particular party (the Republican party, in this case). It stands for “Republican in Name Only.” What it means is that the person uses the label of the party, but they don’t hold to the actual positions consistent with the party. It’s a pejorative term. It’s not a good thing. Instead of being a term thrown out at someone else, I recommend that CINO be an introspective term. I don’t ever know what life might throw at me. Chances are that you don’t know it all, either....

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