Surviving the Bible: A Conversation with Christian Piatt

The Youth Minister gave a new meaning to, “throw the book at him.” Originally the phrase meant to charge someone with as many crimes as are possible. Consider it throwing all the law at someone. Maybe, that is in fact what happened. Rather than take his questions seriously, the Youth Minister found it easier to apply as many legalisms as possible to Young Christian. So much for grace. Read More

Maybe the Best Question from a 5th Grader

Pastor for more than 25 years and there is no end to the questions one might receive from a young person. Over the years you become accustomed to questions about Heaven, Hell, pets, and other existential queries any normal elementary age child might ask. Read More

Which King James Bible?, asks Michael Bird

Which Bible translation do you use? One of our men was told the only Bible is the KJV because it was not copyrighted. Can’t make that one up. Here is a piece that puts the “KJV Only” folks in the same dilemma. Which translation?

Over Scripture or Under Scripture – Lyle Says Under

For those of us who follow Jesus, we look to the Scriptures. We Baptist Christians often refer to ourselves as “people of the Book.” That might be true if our lives looked more like Jesus. But, since we often race to the Scripture in order to be “over” someone else we too take a position “over” the Scripture.

Lyle contends in a blog post titled, “How do we know what we know?,” that we should find ourselves under Scripture. Thinking about how we learn, he hoped that some with whom he had an affinity would help understanding any gaps in what he knows should he find something out of step with Jesus. He wrote,

So I am trying to look at things I believe and make sure they are consistent with Scripture, the world and my own life, if not then maybe some of my ideological soul mates will have some correct doctrine that I can believe.

Here is Lyle’s post. Read More

Dad, Transmission, and Translatability, Part 1

What does electric power transmission have to do with faith, the Gospel, and pastoring? I am sure the other 60 people in the room wondered after Dad announced I had come to be his guest at the recent Frontiers of Power Conference, the 43rd version. Truth be told I just wanted to hear my Dad give a presentation at Oklahoma State University. For me there was more than a little irony in a Sooner grad presenting in Cowboy country. And, Bedlam is weeks away!

Listening to a variety of presentations on a subject I knew very little about left me thinking about growing up in the home of an EE – Electrical Engineer. I had been to the various offices my Dad was offered over his 31 years with Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company. I saw the blueprints. I looked at them even. They did not tell me a whole lot. Those engineers who shared that space knew well what the lines and symbols meant. All I knew was it had to do with getting electricity from point A to point B.

Ciphering power poles on Sunday afternoon drives was not always my idea of the way to spend the day.
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