Although the couple in front of me was talking rather loud, and the light from their phone was nearly blinding in the dark theater, I really didn’t mind too much. As Darren Aronofsky’s Noah played on the big screen, the couple in front of me showed each other passages of Scripture on their smart phone. They were apparently comparing the movie with the biblical text. That was my favorite part of the film.

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I constantly hear people say things like, “Christians are the worst tippers in restaurants.” Or, “Some of the rudest people I know are Christians.” I even hear Christians repeating these sentiments. Honestly, my first thought is, “If Christians are the rudest people you know, you must not know very many people!” Here are my thoughts about mean, rude, stingy, and unkind Christians.

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I was having lunch with one of my best friends and fellow preachers yesterday. While talking, it occurred to me why very few Christians are very good at helping other people change. If life were a football game, there would be three kinds of Christians trying to affect change.

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It’s interesting to me how most Christians still don’t understand what modesty is all about. In fact, I’ve known some older Christian women – and men – who dress pretty “immodestly” (even at worship)!

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Last weekend, around a thousand Christians gathered together in Oklahoma City to worship, fellowship, and study God’s word. The singing was out of this world! But I have been to some assemblies where the singing was less than God-honoring. So what can Christians do to improve the singing in their congregations?

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I hear a lot of talk about inward-focused vs. outward-focused churches. In fact, the latest trend is to harshly criticize inward-focused churches for being consumer-minded and just existing to please the members. The only alternative, many experts suggest, is to be an outward-focused church. “Don’t exist to please the members,” they say, “exist to please the unchurched. Do whatever you can to attract and bring in people of the world.” I want to suggest that this is a false dichotomy and that both inward-focused and outward-focused churches are wrong.

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I often hear Christians boast that they listen more to the words of Jesus than they do the words of Paul. It isn’t that they necessarily deny Paul was an inspired apostle or that his epistles are Scripture, but they consider the gospel accounts to be first-class Scripture and the epistles to be second-class Scripture. “After all,” they reason, “shouldn’t we put more stock in what Jesus said than what Paul said?”

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It seems to me, the number one reason many of us cannot seem to agree on what is right and wrong behavior for Christians is that we have a fundamentally different way of viewing right and wrong. I hope you will take a minute and examine these two viewpoints, while examining your own viewpoint. Perhaps we can move a step closer to biblical unity.

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Last I heard, there have been over 7,000 people baptized after reading the book, Muscle and a Shovel by Michael Shank. I don’t think it is overstating things to say this is a book that is changing the world. Just imagine the family trees, forever changed because someone read this book.

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A blog reader recently submitted the question, “Why did God create different skin colors?” I think it is a great question, but my answer may surprise you. My answer is that God didn’t create different skin colors; He simply created the genetic possibility for different skin colors.

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