The Phil Robertson Controversy: No More Ducking the Issue


Apart from a radio interview with Bible Answer Man I’ve been ducking the Phil Robertson/Duck Dynasty controversy for over a week now, first because I didn’t want to get into it on the brink of Christmas, and second, because so many others were blogging on it. But now that Robertson has been reinstated following a suspension during a period when no filming took place (sorta like suspending a student during Spring break) and the whole episode seems to be winding down, there are aspects of the story I’d like to look at. To recap what you Continue Reading

Merry Christmas

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"And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory."   - I Timothy 3:16 O Happy Day. God bless us every one. Continue Reading

And the Soul Felt Its Worth

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If I tell myself I’m wonderful, I’m deluded. If I tell myself I’m horrible, I’m only half right. But if I tell myself I’m valuable, then I’m spot on, and attuned to one of the most important aspects of what we’ll celebrate tomorrow: the immeasurable worth God places on us, expressed that first Christmas. Continue Reading

My Little Christmas Sinner

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My youngest son probably isn't crazy about it when I tell stories about his childhood. At the ripe age of 17 I guess he's entitled to object, although I often tell him he's free to write awful things about me once he's grown, as long as they're interesting and salacious. Anyway, I try not to tell "Jeremy stories" unless they're ones which I'm sure won't needlessly embarrass him and which also have a good point. Continue Reading

Joe Dallas to discuss Phil Robertson controversy on “Bible Answer Man” radio show today.


I’ll be talking with Hank Hanegraaff of Christian Research Institute today about Phil Robertson’s comments on homosexuality, his suspension from Duck Dynasty, and all the controversy that’s come as a result. I’ll be on from 3-4 Pacific Standard Time. You can find a station airing the show here or you can listen tomorrow to the archived broadcast by clicking here. I’d sure appreciate your prayers for wisdom and clarity as we address this tough issue. Thanks. Continue Reading

My Glorious Thorn

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He told me, coming home, that he hoped the people saw him in the church, because he was a cripple, and it might be pleasant to them to remember upon Christmas Day, who made lame beggars walk, and blind men see. – Bob Cratchet commenting on his son Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol. Tiny Tim emerges as one of the smartest characters in this Dickens classic. In the quote above, his father Bob remarks that Tim, while sitting in church, gloried in his weakness because it might point people to Christ, a simple perspective many older and (allegedly) Continue Reading

Lessons from “A Christmas Carol” Part Three: The Director’s Cut

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This is Part Three of a five part series we're doing on lessons we can still glean from Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" Men’s courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead. But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change. Say it is thus! Why show me this, if I am past all hope?  - A Christmas Carol When a DVD comes out labeled “Director’s Cut”, then you’ve got me. Because of all the things in a good film I appreciate, my loudest kudos go to the Director who brings it all together. It’s his Continue Reading

Lessons from “A Christmas Carol” Part Two: Slow Fade

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This week leading up to Christmas we’ll be looking at lessons we can glean from Dickens A Christmas Carol. Hope you enjoy these! "I have seen your nobler aspirations fall off one by one, until the master-passion engrosses you. " - Belle to Young Ebenezer Scrooge “My wife thinks I’m a jerk,” lots of men say, “so she’s mad at me.” Continue Reading

Lessons from “A Christmas Carol” Part One: Unchained

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This week leading up to Christmas we'll be looking at lessons we can glean from Dickens  A Christmas Carol. Hope you enjoy these! “I wear the chain I forged in life….I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it.” ― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol Men don’t come into my office because of a bad decision they made. They come because of hundreds, even thousands of bad decisions, linked together to forge a chain they, like Jacob Marley from the Dickens story, gird and wear Continue Reading

The Nightmare in Corinth


Last year I was teaching on I Corinthians in our adult Bible study class, so when Christmas came I got a crazy bug to write a poem on Corinth's problems. I posted it and have gotten several requests to re-post it this year, so here it is. This is, of course, a spoof on The Night Before Christmas, so keep that poem in mind as you read this. And to all who love Marcus Tidmarsh's classic poem, please accept my apologies... Continue Reading