The Rules of Improvement, Part 2

In my previous post, I began a comparison between the Christian life and the game of golf, noting that the best golfers are the best because they seek out the best help then do what their instructors teach them.

In the same way, Christians already have the best help for this “game” called the Christian life; we have the Scriptures themselves.

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The Rules of Improvement, Part 1

Those who know me well know that I love golf. Now “love” may seem like a strong word, but it’s more than “I like to golf.” Of course, I do like to play the game. But I also like to watch it. (Really!) I even read about it!

Life may sometimes be like a box of chocolates, but it is also very much like golf, and a recent article by the legendary golf instructor and analyst, Peter Kostis, offers a great comparison. In this post and the next, I will show how his three great rules of golf instruction are equally applicable to Christians and the Church. (The article is “The Rules of Improvement” from Golf Magazine, November, 2013.) Read More

A Theology of Planning, Part 3

Having been part of a research group for an eBook that is being written on the “theology of planning,” I am answering seven questions about planning that the author posed to us. Because of the length, I’m sharing my thoughts in three posts.

You can find the original post here and my answers in Part 1 and Part 2I encourage you to share your own thoughts in the comments.
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A Theology of Planning, Part 2

Having been part of a research group for an eBook that is being written on the “theology of planning,” I am answering seven questions about planning that the author posed to us. Because of the length, I’m sharing my thoughts in three posts.

You can find the original post here and my answers in Part 1 hereI encourage you to share your own thoughts in the comments.
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A Theology of Planning, Part 1

I mentioned recently that I am a part of a research group for an eBook that is being written on the “theology of planning.” I asked you to consider the same questions the author posed to us, and said that I would answer them here. Because of the length, I’m sharing my thoughts in three posts.
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You, the specialist

We live in a world that celebrates specialists. It seems that nearly every industry has an infinite number of areas with people who specialize in just that area. Now that doesn’t mean they can do nothing else. It means that they have chosen to focus their time and energy to do one thing well, instead of trying to do everything and doing it poorly. Read More

The purpose of theology

There are a lot of remarks people make that can discourage or frustrate me.

“We’re leaving the church.”

“I got a detention.”

“The doctor just called, and it’s not good.”

One that really gets me is when a Christian says: “Yeah, well, I’m just not a theologian. You study the theology. I just want a relationship with God.”

Here’s the truth: If you are alive, you are a theologian; that is, you have beliefs about God. Now, your theology may not be specialized (Systematic, Reformed, Historical, etc.). Your theology might even be “God doesn’t exist.” But you are a theologian, and that means that theology is important for you and it should be important to you.

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