2020-02-26 to 28 Pictures: Charleston, South Carolina

One of the few upsides of having to cancel our Spring Break trip last March at the onset of the pandemic is that we are "stuck" with a rather large voucher from one of those discount airlines. Last autumn, Tricia and I spent a weekend in Savannah, Georgia and had a...

A John 3:16 Craft for Kids

John 3:16 is one of the most well known and reassuring verses in the Bible. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.John 3:16 (NIV) The following is a little craft I threw...

2020-03-01 Pictures: Lyndsey’s College Signing Day

This afternoon Lyndsey made it official, signing her letter of intent to play college basketball for the Hiram College Terriers starting next year. While she made the decision and committed to Hiram before Christmas, she has been looking forward to this day since her...

2020-02-13 Pictures: Lyndsey’s 18th Birthday

I am little behind on posting photos. These are some of my favorites from a couple of weekends ago when we got a chance to celebrate Lyndsey's 18th birthday. It's hard to believe that my little girl is officially an adult. It was nice to have the family all back...


Introduction I love working with kids, and I love teaching them hard concepts in ways they can understand. To that end, for years I have been working on a dictionary of theological terms for kids and teens. In sharing those definitions, there seemed no better place to...

If You Want It Done Right

In all likelihood, you know how the phrase ends: If you want it done right, DO IT YOURSELF! This is a bit of a mantra for me, and frankly, something that I struggle with daily both in leadership and in my Christian walk.  In theory, this is easy to accept. ...

What Does God Hate?

This is the little and humble post that started it all. I happened to be reading through my Bible, and this passage impacted me so much that I posted a little blurb about it on Facebook. That was July 28, 2008, and I've been writing and sharing ever since. (Maybe...

Why I Believe the Bible #04 (The Bible is Internally Consistent)


The Bible was written over a span of nearly 1,500 to 2,000 years (depending on the dating of some books).  It had over 40 different human authors from numerous walks of life including kings, military personnel, peasants, prophets, priests, philosophers, doctors, rabbis, fishermen, tax collectors, poets, musicians, statesmen and shepherds.  It includes book by both Jews and Gentiles.  It was written in Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic on the continents of Asia, Africa and Europe.  It was written in times of war and peace, in times of sovereignty and captivity, and in times of great joy and great grief.  It includes poetry, historical narrative, songs, romance, letters, memoirs, biography, autobiography, law, prophecy, parable and allegory.  There is a gap a roughly 400 years between the New Testament and the Old Testament.

Despite all of these factors, the Bible is amazingly (infallibly) consistent.  It presents one cohesive story throughout, and that it the story of God and the redemption of mankind.  The lead character throughout all 66 books is God.

Despite the vast numbers and backgrounds of the human authors, they are amazingly (i.e., 100%) consistent on a litany of controversial topics such as:

  • Marriage
  • Divorce and remarriage
  • Homosexuality
  • Obedience
  • Honesty
  • Parenting
  • Drug Abuse
  • Stress Management
  • Benefits of love and forgiveness
  • Roles of men and women
  • Sexual Conduct
  • Life after death
  • Adultery
  • Character and Development
  • Nature and revelation of God
  • Means of salvation

…and many many more!  Imagine for a moment giving the above list to just five contemporary commentators.  Assume, for a second, that are all of the same political persuasion and live in the same geographic area of the United States.  Now, let’s assume they all have similar educational backgrounds…as a matter of fact, let’s assume they all went to the exact same university.  If you sat down and read all of their essays on the subjects above, do you think that they would be consistent and uniform in position.  It is doubtful at best..more likely impossible!  The internal consistency of the Bible is yet another indication of its supernatural origin.

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