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Join Me at WordCamp DFW 2018!

WordCamp DFWWordCamp is a gathering of WordPress enthusiasts. This year’s WordCamp for the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is November 10-11 in Fort Worth. I’ll be speaking on WordPress 101; it’s an introduction to WordPress. I’ll cover what WordPress is, how to install and navigate it, some basic troubleshooting tips, and some best practices when using it.

Regardless of your experience with WordPress (or lack thereof), there’s something for you at WordCamp. This is the only WordCamp in the entire state of Texas this year.

Here’s a bio about my background with WordPress.

Elections Have Consequences

In October 2010, Former President Obama said, “Elections have consequences.” I agree.

And SCOTUS nominations are one of those consequences.

If Roe v. Wade were to be dismantled/overturned (as the Left and the MSM are freaking out about in light of Justice Kennedy’s retirement and his upcoming replacement), it will be because the 1973 SCOTUS decision is bad law plain and simple, “passed” by a majority of unelected SCOTUS activist judges.

And Roe v. Wade will be seen (rightly) as the Twentieth Century version of Dred Scott and Plessy vs. Furguson.

It’s a Sad Day in the SBC

So Paige Patterson is now President Emeritus at @swbts.

It’s a sad day in @sbc land, as the trustees merely expedited his retirement and gave him all the benefits, including another title (Theologian in Residence) and a free place to live for the rest of his life.

Their decision is less than a slap on the wrist for his tasteless, irresponsible remarks, and possible criminal behavior (from his time at SEBTS). The trustees’ vote says a great deal about their devotion to Patterson as opposed to their devotion to Jesus and the SBC (and common decency!).

If only the @sbc would rescind their invitation for him to preach at next month’s annual meeting…. (But I’m not holding my breath).

God, forgive us as a denomination! Extend your grace and mercy as we are so undeserving!

(Note: I posted this on Facebook a few minutes ago 5/23/18)
 

Can & Should You Take The Bible Literally? Inerrantly? All of it? Some of it? Which portions? Why?

Such was the question posted by a Facebook Friend. It’s a great question — or series of questions. Here’s my response to his post.

 

For an “academic” answer to your question, I’m an inerrantist. I take it at face value as I read it, trying to take into account the author’s original message to the original audience in the original historical context in the genre it was written. And – not wanting to get into a translation debate – this requires that you use a modern language translation if you don’t know the original languages.

History (much of the OT, the Gospels and Acts) describes what happened.
Didactic (teaching like we find in the NT epistles) prescribes how things are supposed to happen.
Poetry (Psalms) uses imagery and figures of speach.
Apocalyptic (parts of Daniel and Revelation) uses very picturesque language and more figures of speech.

We can easily run into problems when we read an apocalyptic or history passage through a didactic lens. Taking into account the context (historical, culture, and genre) — as best as possible – will give us a proper theological framework to understand the passage in question.

Having said all of this, you don’t have to be an academicians, have a bunch of advanced degrees, and be fluent in the original languages to get the message God wants you to hear.

Adding to what [another commenter] said above, read [the Bible] as a love letter from a holy, merciful, just, gracious God Who relentlessly pursues His people in covenant.

 

Just as I posted my response, I saw an excellent article that was linked by the commentor. You may want tocheck it out!

Annual Church Egg Hunt Was a Success!

2018 Egg Hunt We had a great time flying kites and hunting eggs on the front lawn of our church this morning! As always, we had a breeze and the sun made the day absolutely beautiful!

Everybody’s baskets were overflowing to the point that we had to provide additional bags to hold the almost 1000 eggs collected by kids young and old!

2018 Egg HuntNext, we gathered under our front porch and I presented the Easter Story, using Resurrection Eggs. Finally, everybody enjoyed hot dogs, chips, and cookies.

Yes, it was a great time and we were glad for the turnout! We hope to see many more people at our next annual egg hunt!

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