A Good Start

This past Sunday we kicked off a brand new teaching series called, The Big Story.  Over the next few weeks we are going to look at the story of Scripture.  We often spend a lot of time studying the details of the Bible, and that’s not a bad thing.  But if we don’t know the much bigger context in which those details are situated, we run the risk of misunderstanding them.  The goal of this series is to help us understand the big story of Scripture more so we can better understand and know the God who is writing it.


A Good Start

Around parts like these where most everybody’s a “from here,” when folks meet someone new there are two primary questions they ask.  Anybody know what these are?  Where are you from and who’s your daddy?  The first question will tell them important things like whether or not you’re a Yankee.  It lets them know whether you’re a Tar Heel, a Blue Devil, or some other strange species…like a Jayhawk.  It gives them a sense of what kind of culture you bring to the area with you.  The second question—especially if you’re not a “come here”—gives them more of a sense of who you are.  If your daddy was well-respected in the community, you’ll probably be given the benefit of the doubt in a lot of things.  If your daddy was generally considered a scoundrel, though, you’re going to be treated with at least a bit of suspicion whether you deserve it or not. Read the rest…

Morning Musings: Ecclesiastes 9:11

“Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

Thanks to the influence of Eastern religious movements in this country, we have a fairly common phrase for when something unfortunate has happened to someone.  It comes in many forms, but the simplest (and cleanest) statement is this: “That’s Karma.”   Read the rest…