Exodus 19: Before the Ten Commandments

By Jim Barringer Exodus 19 is a very interesting but often overlooked chapter. Maybe that’s inevitable, with the way it’s nestled right before one of the most-read and most-quoted chapters in the whole Old Testament, Exodus 20, which contains the Ten Commandments. Yet I don’t think that those Ten can be properly understood without …

Salvation Without Jesus?

By Jim Barringer Can a person be saved without Jesus? The short answer is: no. To give a more in-depth answer, I’d like to pose two more questions. First, what is the problem: why do we need salvation at all? Second, what is the solution: how do we achieve salvation? The answer to the first [...]

The Difference Between Praise and Worship

By Jim Barringer When the weather is nice, when the sky is so blue that even a color-blind guy like me can see how beautiful it is, I like to go walking on the campus at Southwestern Seminary. During today’s walk, for whatever reason, I was pondering my personal philosophy of worship, the answer I [...]

Individualism: Good or Bad?

By Jim Barringer Western culture is highly individualistic in nature, and it is often taken for granted – with little to no explanation why it should be true – that people are the centers of their own universes, and that it is a Very Good Thing ™ for people to have nearly limitless ability to [...]

Humanoholics Anonymous

By Jim Barringer I wrote recently about the philosophy of the movie “Fight Club” – the main character discovers that material possessions don’t bring happiness or meaning in life, embarks on a journey to find significance, and fails because he’s looking in all the wrong places. Last night I was watching the movie again, to [...]

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