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Spirituality from the Hebrew Bible: 10 Major Themes


The major themes of the Hebrew Bible (also known as the Old Testament) surely include God, man, sin, righteousness, grace, covenant, law, atonement, and holiness. A final theme we will examine is the Messiah.

Heroes & Villains in the Quest for Spirituality: 100 Significant Characters of the Hebrew Bible


There are hundreds of named men and women in the Old Testament. Merely to list all of their names would fill many pages and be of little profit.

A Worship Leader is a Spiritual Leader


This article is for worship leaders. And as such, I believe it needs to focus on leadership skills.

Reading the Bible


A friend of mine had asked my thoughts on how one should go about reading the Bible. I would first read the New Testament in its entirety in order to keep in the "flow" of it.

Prayer Secret #1 - Your Relationship with God


This, in my opinion, is the #1 "secret" for getting your prayers answered by God the Father. Here is the Scripture verse that completely captures this principle.

Accountability and Such Nonsense


From the late 1970's through the 1980's, my wife and I were members of an authoritarian Bible cult. Not only were we members, but we were full time, unpaid leaders.

Me and My Big Mouth!


During World War II the government realized that the majority of citizen-soldiers had no idea on how to conduct themselves to prevent inadvertent disclosure of important information to the enemy. Central to maintaining national security was the Office of War Information Drive to limit talk about the war in both public and private arenas of American life.

What is God? Does Proof Exist?


Apology:I don't for a minute profess to know what God is. Frankly, I think God is beyond the grasp of mind because God is beyond the senses and beyond limited words and images.

What Is Perfect Love?


Today, sitting in my pink armchair, reading about how a world-famous medium was able to communicate with the spirit world and our physical world and end the grief of those who had been left behind, I became even more aware of how love is the central theme of the universe itself. This was what the departed passed on to those who remained on earth.

Books of the Living and Dead


Revelation 20:12 makes a powerful claim: "And I saw the dead, great and small alike, standing before the throne. Books were opened, and then another book was opened, [called] the book of the living.

Heretical Chinese House Churches


One of the more insightful warnings Christians can receive bears on relationships with other Christians. It goes something like this: Do you want to ignore what other Christians say and do? That's like giving your charitable donations to donkeys and reindeer.

Undoing a Catholic and an Orthodox Christian Feud


There's an anecdote about twins still in their mother's womb. They argued about who should come out first.

Getting Your Money Out of Israel: The Presbyterian Church (USA) Recipe


Recently, the Presbyterian Church (USA) beat a drum for justice. This brave denomination took the first steps toward removing its monies from companies that profit from the Israeli theft of Palestinian land.

Keep on Singing


The prisoners of Sing Sing, one of the most repressive, oppressive and dehumanizing penal institutions ever erected on the grounds of New York, were prohibited from singing during their incareration. The authorities felt that it would contribute to prison disturbance and ultimately, chaotic discord.

6 Keys to Successfully Screening Church Staff and Volunteers


Whether you are in the process of formulating a screening policy for your congregation, or already have a screening program in place, here are some tips to help you with your efforts to protect your church family.1.

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