In this episode Wes McAdams, Sam Dominguez, and James Sumners discuss a blog post by Fred Dominguez entitled, “A Ransacked Bible.” What does it mean to “ransack” the Bible and why should more people be doing exactly that?

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In this episode Wes McAdams, Sam Dominguez, and James Sumners discuss how they sometimes feel jealous of other Christians for reasons such as: Greater Bible knowledge, parenting success, teaching and preaching skills, etc.

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When I was a teenager, I attended some emotionally-charged youth rallies. As I sang along and kept time by clapping my hands, I would silently congratulate myself on being more emotionally-engaged and more spiritual than those who sat motionless beside me. But as I got older, and my views on worship changed, I would silently congratulate myself on being more reverent than those who worship like I used to worship. I’m guessing I’m not the only one who struggles with comparing myself to others, so here are some thoughts on why we all need to stop thinking this way.

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How is it that so many people can study the same Bible and all come to different conclusions? How can one person think the Bible “basically says this” and another person thinks it “basically says that”? I think many of us – including myself all too often – miss the point when we study the Bible. Here are three tips to help us stop missing the point when we study the Bible.

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I recently had a rather unfortunate debate on Facebook that revolved around a conversation I had with my son. I posted that I had told my son, people don’t go to heaven because they are obedient, they go to heaven because God is gracious and sent Jesus to die on the cross. Of course I wasn’t undermining the importance and necessity of obedience, but I was making the point that God saves us, “not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace” (2 Timothy 1:9). But it seems many are rather uncomfortable with that concept.

So I want to address the question, “Are we saved by grace or not?”

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I have boycotted businesses in the past. I have said, “Since this company supports X, Y, and Z I’m not going to give my money to this company and I’m going to try to dissuade my friends and family from supporting them as well.” Many Christians believe we are morally obligated to boycott businesses that “support sin,” but are we really? Here are a few things to consider.

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I’m always surprised by how contentious Christians can be when it comes to the issue of how we dress for worship. This tells me that BOTH sides, those in favor of dressing casually and those insisting on formal dress, have a few things they probably need to consider.

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Just because you don’t bow down and worship a golden statue does not mean you don’t have idols in your life. In fact, I believe nearly every person in the world struggles with idolatry. Here is a quick way to determine the things in your life which are, or could easily become, your idols. And just as important, how to get rid of the idols in your life.

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I’ve heard people talk about, “salvation issues” my whole life. Statements like this are often heard, “Well, this isn’t a salvation issue, so we need to stop talking about it.” And others say, even about the same issue, “This is a salvation issue and anyone who does this is lost.” So how do we determine if something is or isn’t a salvation issue?

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I’m very happy that the church is interested in reaching my generation, the so-called “millennial” generation. But I hope you’ll forgive me for saying that when we talk about evangelism to the millennial generation, the conversation usually sounds more like market research for some product than it does about sharing a 2,000 year old truth with people. We ask, “What do millennials want in a worship service? How do millennials think? What can we do to appeal to millennials?” I’m sure a lot of this research has value, but I think there’s some important things we’re missing.

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