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The Week 1 Small Group Quiz


I won’t quite be sharing anything and everything from small group this year, but here’s a “quiz” I gave the guys the first week of small group.  It was a “challenge” of sorts as well as a test-taste of the types of things we’ll be learning together this year.  It’s not comprehensive, but it’s a good measuring stick!  See how you do, just for fun.


1)      Write out the Gospel in 3 reasonable sentences.

2)      What book of the Bible did Jesus quote the most?

3)      Where is Christ first mentioned/alluded to in the Bible?

4)      Name the 5 major covenants of Biblical history.  With whom did God make each one?

5)      What is the Day of Atonement?  Where is it found in the Bible? Why is it significant?

6)      What is Pentecost?  Where is it found in the Bible?  Why is it significant?

7)      If someone were to ask you why/how Gentiles can be saved, what passages would you use?

8)      What languages was the Bible originally written in?

9)      Why are some translations of the Bible (NASB, ESV) considered to be “better” than others (NIV)?

10)   What is the book of the Bible that you read/know the most?  What is the context?  What is a one-sentence summary of the book?  Write an outline below.


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The Reality of Things


A strange thing I have observed over many years in this business of news gathering and news presentation is that by some infallible process media people always manage to miss the most important thing.  It’s almost as though there were some built-in propensity to do this.  In moments of humility, I realize that if I had been correspondent in the Holy Land at the time of our Lord’s ministry, I should almost certainly have spent my time knocking about with the entourage of Pontius Pilate, finding out what the Sanhedrin was up to, and lurking around Herod’s court with the hope of signing up Salome to write her memoirs exclusively.  I regret that this is true.  Ironically enough, as the dramatization of the public scene gains impetus, so we move farther and farther from the reality of things and become more and more preoccupied with fantasy.

-Malcolm Muggeridge, The End of Christendom

“Ouch” would be a good word.




My mind’s been fil’ed with thoughts


this past week (see what I did there?).  Here are a few:

  • It might not be necessarily as much of my job as a Christian to show my convictions to the world as much as it is to show the love behind and heart of my convictions.
  • Aurora, CO was only 2 weeks ago.
  • Personal beliefs are called personal beliefs for a reason.  Personal beliefs can and do co-exist with objective truth, strangely enough.
  • Hate shouldn’t even be on the radar.  My actions/words(/pictures/videos) should never be even confused as hate.
  • Considering others’ perspective and perception as part of how you live out your personal beliefs is important.  This is part of the really fine line between narrowmindedness/ignorance and reasonableness/respectfully disagreeing.
  • There’s a difference between lovingly sharing the truth and hypocritically imposing the truth on others.
  • Limited atonement and moralistic universalism don’t get along.
  • 1 Corinthians 2:14-16.
  • The love of Christ on display is often different from my gut reaction.  And my second reaction..
  • ..grace.

Dear Chicken Sandwich Place,


Here are two verses for you: 1 John 3:13, and 1 Peter 4:13.  That’s all.

In regards to summer reading


The non-school related kind.  The this-is-my-epic-list-of-books-recommended-by-godly-people kind of summer reading.  Or these-are-all-the-books-on-topics-that-I’ve-been-interested-in-for-the-past-year kind.  You catch my drift.

Most of these books are probably super helpful.  Most of them will help us to think more rightly about God, and to fine-tune our lives around what pleases Him.

But these types of books have one major flaw.  They’re not the Bible.  They’re not divinely inspired.  They may quote Scripture (if we even read the quotations closely or look up the references…!) or use biblical principles to draw very biblically based statements and conclusions, but they’re not Scripture.

They’re secondary sources of biblical truth.

Given our limited attention and retention of what we read in our technology-fueled-information-overload world, we need to contextualize even the good things we read to the ultimately authoritative thing we should be reading.  The Bible.

(And maybe decrease or change the way/speed we read these good things).  (And maybe increase our quality/quantity of Bible reading).

So, read books.  Read lots of books.  But value reading the Bible itself even more!

Unresolved shortsightedness


I’m honestly having trouble this week looking forward to heaven more than I am looking forward to being at the Resolved Conference at the end of this week.  This is kind of hard.

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