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Ben Thinkin’ #6: Denominational Baptism, Job’s Wife, How To Prepare Fish

[The Ben Thinkin’ series is a venue for answering questions my readers have submitted. I answer several questions in each post. If you would like to submit questions for future Ben Thinkin’ posts, please leave them in a comment at the end of the article or email them to ben@plainsimplefaith.com.] Kristy asks, “Do you believe baptism within/by a denominational […]

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Resources To Help Get You Unstuck

God’s Word is timeless. So why are you packaging it as if it is stuck in the 90’s? Scripture is just as essential today as it was millennia ago. But it is your job – the teacher, elder, preacher, blogger, etc. – to teach it in a relevant, practical way. And in our iPhone-packed, social […]

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Don’t Just Take The Bible Literally

Skeptics and non-believers frequently look for “gotcha” moments to pin on Christians. One of their favorite questions is, “Do you take the Bible literally?” – hoping you will say “yes.” And before that “yes” leaves your lips, their response is ready: “So you believe only 144,000 thousand will be saved?” (alluding to Rev. 7:1-7; 14:1-5). […]

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A First-Century Church? Well, sort of.

It isn’t uncommon for a website or church bulletin to have an italicized slogan like, “A 1st Century Church In A 21st Century World.” Cool, right? It’s catchy. It’s fresh. It’s non-confirmative. In a confused ‘community church’-packed world, where staunch denominationalism is increasingly unfashionable and “I’m okay you’re okay” inter-denominationalism is in vogue, churches of […]

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Stuff I Like (5/15/15)

How Lads to Leaders Can Help Families A post I was honored to write for A Legacy of Faith. Contact me if you want to know more about L2L or how to get the program started at your congregation (ben@lads2leaders.com). Don’t Be A Lukewarm Christian Read this and examine yourself (2 Cor. 13:5). Which Black […]

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Why Baptism Is So Important

Baptism. It’s more than a mere “formality” or “tradition.” Nowhere in the Bible do you find it being administered after someone had been reportedly saved. It is never described as “sprinkling.” And not once was it ever used to “join” someone to a particular congregation or denomination (as if denominations existed in the 1st century). […]

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Yes, Black Lives Matter, But What Is The Question?

Two months ago in my neighborhood, just a few doors down from my house, a 16-year-old African-American was shot by police. He allegedly pointed a gun at an officer when he and four other perpetrators were caught breaking into my neighbor’s residence. The officer shot and killed him in self-defense. Other guns were found in the […]

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More Jesus, Less Doctrine = Less Jesus

It is not unusual, during a Biblical discussion about some peripheral issue (dressing for worship, modesty, the role of women in worship, denominationalism, etc.), for someone to raise his/her hand in frustration and remark, “Can’t we talk more about Jesus, and less about doctrine?” At face value, it is hard to disagree with this sentiment. […]

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Q&A: Should Christians Support Israel?

Should Christians support Israel? Your view of Israel says a lot about your faith and whether or not you believe Jesus and His New Testament. While there is room to disagree over politics, the Bible must always have the last word. So how should Christians see modern-day Israel in light of Scripture? The Political Perspective […]

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Are You Overconfident In Your Righteousness?

The attitude that says, “I will never sin” is negligent. “I will never lust.” “I will never lie.” “I will never shame my Lord.” “I will never be a coward.” “I will never gossip.” “I will never cheat.” Paul warns of this overconfident spirit when he writes, “Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands […]

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