dodgeAccording to the new Dodge commercial, brothers John and Horace Dodge left Ford in 1914 because they believed in more than the assembly line. What more, you ask?

They believed driving was a holy endeavor.

It might be said that since we are to do all for the glory of God that driving would be included in that. I’m not sure that is what Dodge has intended to communicate. It seems clear that they are saying that driving belongs in a special category as opposed to the mundane.

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In A Word: Thanksgiving

November 27, 2014 — Leave a comment

enter-his-gatesHappy Thanksgiving Day.

As my holiday blog offering, let me offer a few thoughts on the word thanksgiving.

The English word thank originally had a connection to a very similar word think. Therefore we should understand giving thanks as the verbal response to a mental exercise. To be thankful means that one begins a type of thinking that leads to thanking.

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My Heart Condition

November 26, 2014 — 1 Comment

heartMuch of my story in recent years has centered on my heart. When I write that, I mean that both the physical organ within my chest and the spiritual seat of my being.

Physically I have arrived back home after stays in two different hospitals since Friday. I am resting and feel relatively well. During the past 3+ years I have experienced four heart attacks, have failed three stress tests, have endured six heart catheterizations, took three ambulance rides, have had four arteries by passed and have received seven stents.

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B.C. Monks???

November 20, 2014 — Leave a comment

mathEric Schumacher posted a picture online of a science textbook being used by his child. The student was supposed to be learning about the making and history of silk. This is the quote about how silk became accessible to those who were not wealthy and powerful,

About 2,500 years ago, however, Christian monks snuck silk moths out of the country in their hollow walking sticks, and the secret of silk making was revealed to the rest of the world.

If you are doing the math, this is currently A.D. 2014. That would place these Christian monks at close to 400 years before Christ.

So this textbook gets an F in history and an F in math. Makes you wonder about its scientific accuracy.

The Real Double Standard

November 19, 2014 — Leave a comment

standardI really don’t want this blog to become a running critique of the writings of Jonathan Merritt. But Merritt has become a vastly read writer on current issues as a senior columnist for Religion News Service (RNS). His most recent article for RNS takes a shot (again) at evangelicals for what he calls “evangelical’s double standard”.

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Finding a Wife

November 18, 2014 — 1 Comment

One of the joys of being a Christian at FirstBoynton is the relationships with other members. Folks genuinely love one another. One special relationship for me has been with a young man named Jon Gaydosh. We have had some lengthy conversations about the Lord’s working in our lives.

When we first met, Jon was single. He visited us when I was in the hospital and he would come over and watch football or soccer games with me. What I loved most was his desire for the Lord. Fast forward a couple of years and the Lord brought a beautiful, godly woman into Jon’s life. Her name is Rachel.

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And the Lord says: “Because they have forsaken my law that I set before them, and have not obeyed my voice or walked in accord with it, but have stubbornly followed their own hearts…

–Jeremiah 9:13-14

How many times has somebody told you to simply follow your heart? That probably isn’t the best advice you can get. In Jeremiah’s day, the Lord indicted the people for following their own hearts. Why? Jeremiah explained later in his writings that “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick (Jeremiah 17:9).”

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Jonathan Merritt

Jonathan Merritt

Jonathan Merritt’s recent article begins and ends with perplexing ideas. The opening paragraph sets the stage for an article that lands in left field.

The only thing I learned about saints growing up Baptist in the American South was that one-day they were going to “come marching in” and I apparently wanted “to be in that number.” More than two decades later, I still don’t know what the heck that means.

Why Protestants need some saints of our own – On Faith & Culture.

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What Have I Done?

November 5, 2014 — Leave a comment

I have paid attention and listened,
but they have not spoken rightly;
no man relents of his evil,
saying, ‘What have I done?’
Everyone turns to his own course,
like a horse plunging headlong into battle.
–Jeremiah 8:6

The opposite of repentance is to continue in sin. Jeremiah paints a picture of the unrepentant person as one who is like a horse. This horse stands on the top of a hill looking down at the battle below. Determined to be a part of the battle, he charges head first down the hill and into the fray.

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“How can you say, ‘We are wise,
and the law of the Lord is with us’?
But behold, the lying pen of the scribes has made it into a lie.”
–Jeremiah 8:8

Technology has changed the way in which we speak of the writing process. Today we call the one who writes a book an author. Often the author’s tool for creating words is a keyboard on a computer. But in Jeremiah’s day the writers were called scribes, especially those who wrote about God and his ways. Instead of a keyboard they used a pen.

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