July 29, 2014

My New Year’s Resolution – Work Life Balance (and a little more time resting in God)

I have have spent the last couple of days reflecting on work life balance. Or rather, my lack thereof. My apologies to those who have offered to help with Michael Spencer’s commentary on Mark. I keep meaning to get back to you, but this issue of work life balance is one of the things that […]

A Brief Lesson for Speakers

150 years ago this week, Abraham Lincoln gave “dedicatory remarks” at Gettysburg, Pennysylvania to consecrate the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, four months after the Battle of Gettysburg. Considered perhaps the most important speech in U.S. history, the president’s remarks contained – 272 words, 10 sentences, and lasted less than 3 minutes. Earlier, Edward Everett had offered […]

Trashing a Treasure

On the nature, worth, provenance, and cessation of New Testament tongues, much is obscure and must remain so. Various interpretations on key points are viable, and perhaps the worst error in handling the relevant passages is to claim or insinuate that perfect clarity or certainty marks one’s own view. The texts (Acts 2:4-11; 10:46; 11:17; […]

Randy Thompson on Halloween

Note from CM: I received this email from our faithful reader Randy Thompson and thought it was worth passing along to you. Tokah said it best in the comments today: arguments over Halloween are silly. * * * I suspect you’re sick to death of crackpot articles on Halloween, but I couldn’t resist passing this […]

Riding the Right Wave?

Richard Land, who for 25 years served the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, became president of Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES) in Charlotte, N.C. in July. In a recent article, Land notes that apologetics has been the special focus of the school, and he believes a renewed emphasis upon that discipline in the future […]

Reconsider Jesus – Moving Forward

When many of the Dead Sea Scrolls faced delay in publication, conspiracy theories started to abound:  What was it in the scrolls that the Vatican wanted to keep secret?  Were they harmful to the church?  Did they dispute the claims of Christianity?  In fact the truth is a little more boring than that. The original […]

Reconsider Jesus – A Status Update and Call For Help

For two years now I have been working on compiling Michael Spencer’s upcoming book: Reconsider Jesus – A fresh look at Jesus from the Gospel of Mark. On some recent Fridays we have been giving you some “sneak peeks” into this devotional commentary. Initially a lot of effort was put into finding Michael Spencer’s written studies […]

Reconsider Jesus – The Sent Out

The following is an excerpt from Michael Spencer’s upcoming book: Reconsider Jesus – A fresh look at Jesus from the Gospel of Mark.  This week we are looking at a part of Michael Spencer’s writing and speaking on Mark 6. I accidentally skipped ahead and will be returning to Mark 5 next week.  The material being covered […]

Reconsider Jesus – What was Jesus Like?

On Fridays we are taking a journey with Michael Spencer through the Gospel of Mark. We have found many of his writings and sermons on Mark and are editing and compiling them into a book: Reconsider Jesus – A fresh look at Jesus from the Gospel of Mark. The following is a blog post written […]

Reconsider Jesus – Once Saved Always Saved?

The following is an excerpt from Michael Spencer’s upcoming book: Reconsider Jesus – A fresh look at Jesus from the Gospel of Mark.  This week we are continuing with some of his thoughts on The Seed and the Soil from Mark 4:1-8; 13-20 that we introduced two weeks ago.  Michael Spencer’s thoughts on Mark Chapter […]