Originally published at https://www.rethinknow.org on March 15, 2021.

What does the Bible say about death?

I know even the word death can trigger a whole lot of emotions, painful memories, grief and fear. It’s a difficult topic to talk about. But it’s one that we shouldn’t ignore. Death is all around us and it should be something we lean into.

For anyone who’s faced death or the loss of a loved one you know it’s one of the most unnatural things you can experience. It permanently alters your life and has left many with their faith in shambles.

And I…

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The story of creation found in Genesis 1 & 2 is one of the most famous stories in the entire Bible. But while it’s well known the significance of the creation account is often missed. We miss the point because we focus on the wrong details.

Many Christians choose to die on the hill of defending a literal 7 days of creation. But, what if that’s not the point of the story? I think the significance of the story of creation is much greater than the details of how God created the world. …

Before you read any further let me say this. I debated on what to say, how to say it, and even if I should say it for a long time. It’s easy to state your opinion and even point out truth. It’s much more difficult to say things in a way that is helpful and that people are receptive to.

That’s my hope for this blog post. I don’t want this to be a rant or finger pointing. I don’t think that does anyone any good. …

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Many of us have this picture of Jesus as a passive white guy that speaks in hushed tones and, for some reason, is always holding a sheep. That picture is wrong on many levels. And maybe the biggest mistake we could make is thinking of Jesus as a mild-tempered, never raised his voice, kind of guy. That was not Jesus. He got mad on many occasions. The question we need to ask is: what made Jesus mad?

If we are following Jesus then what made Jesus mad should also make us mad.

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What does the Bible say about sex? It’s one of the most searched for and sought after questions on the internet. Yet despite the interest much of what you will find in your searches is based more out of opinion and not the Bible. So I want to take a look at sex in the Bible and see what it really says and means for us today.

Disclaimer About What The Bible Says About Sex

But before we dive in we need to clear a few things up…

I will be approaching this topic from a Biblical point of view. We will obviously disagree…

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The shortest verse in the Bible is John 11:35, which simply says, Jesus wept. This verse is a stroke of genius. It says it all when there is little else to say. And should cause us to pause and question, why did Jesus weep?

If you grew up in church, you know this verse, you know its backstory. But stay here for just a minute. Think about this moment.

Jesus, who was God in flesh, wept. He was so overcome with grief that he simply lost it. Not just a few tears… He was uncontrollably sobbing.

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What does it mean to follow Jesus? I mean we all know Jesus said follow me. But what does that mean? How can we follow God?

When asked most Christians would say that they are following Jesus. They would say that an integral part of their faith is following God. But often it seems like those are only words, doesn’t it? Few Christians actually take actions, take steps, to follow God.

And listen, I’m not saying that as an indictment on you. I see that attitude in me. I’m quick to say I follow God, but…

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Few people have been as quoted as Jesus. Just about everyone uses Jesus’ words to show how He supports a view they hold. But the popularity of Jesus’ words has led to more than a few people misquoting Him. Often it’s not that His words are intentionally misquoted, rather they are taken out of context. We insert our own bias and fail to look at what Jesus was actually saying. All this leads us to believe things that Jesus never said.

When we read the Bible out of context we can make it say pretty much…

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“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20

Chances are you’ve heard this verse read during church service once or twice. It’s most commonly quoted to give legitimacy to a small gathering at church. Meaning that even though there might only be a few people gathered God is still with them.

The problem is using this verse this way totally ignores the context. I mean borderline egregiously ignores the context. So I want to look the Matthew 18:20 meaning and see how it actually applies to our life.

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Before you read this post you need to understand where I’m coming from. This post is directed towards the response of white Christians towards the black community in America. Of course, there’s application outside white Christians living in America, but that’s the primary direction I’m writing in.

Last week I wrote The Church CANNOT Be Silent which talked about how to view what’s going on in our country from God’s point of view. It was a call to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those that are hurting and oppressed.

And I think that’s…

Jeffery Curtis Poor

Husband. Father. Pastor. Writer. Trying to be more like Jesus each day. For more articles check out: rethinknow.org

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