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Learning to Live Like Little Children

Posted by nbarnes on November 19, 2010 in God Thoughts, My Life, Practical Advice on Faith |

This morning my boys were running and jumping and diving into every little bit of snow they could find. They let their imaginations run wild and alternated between being astronauts in space, and their favorite Star Wars characters. They had an amazing time and never once did they worry about what the neighbors were thinking about them. I think Jesus was a lot like that as well.

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Re-Post: 10 Commandments of Scripture Interpretation

Posted by nbarnes on November 15, 2010 in Books and Reading, Church |

The bible can be a tricky book to understand sometimes, so when I read this post by Skye Jethani I thought it was worth re-posting. There’s some great practical advice here for reading, interpreting and understanding the scriptures. I hope you find it helpful.

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God Was In The Darkness, & I Did Not Know It

Posted by nbarnes on December 16, 2009 in God Thoughts, My Life |

This past week was a tough week. It’s not that I was drowning in the depths of depression, or anything like that, it was just a low week. They happen every now and then, and you just need to wait them out, kind of like the flu, without the weight-loss. What bothers me about these times is how hard it is for me to see God and to know that he is present. Well, maybe “know” is the wrong word. That’s the problem with the dark times, it’s not what we know that’s in question, it’s more a question of what we feel.

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Pearl of Great Price

Posted by nbarnes on November 13, 2009 in God Thoughts |

I’ve been married for 13 years to an absolutely amazing woman.  I definitely got the better end of the deal there, but I have a bad habit: I take her for granted.  Now, while it’s certainly not okay that I do it, I’m pretty sure I’m in good company.  In fact, most guys I know [...]

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Casting Your Nets

Posted by nbarnes on September 8, 2009 in God Thoughts |

Sometimes I chuckle when I’m reading a passage of scripture.  I mean, there are some pretty funny parts in it.  For example, when Matthew is telling us about Jesus going into the desert to fast for forty days he says this, “After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.”  I always laugh at [...]

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Missional Children’s Ministry – Part Deux

Posted by nbarnes on August 29, 2009 in Church, Practical Advice on Faith |

Yesterday, I started writing about some of the conclusions, or ideas that came from a brainstorming session we had in our church community about children’s ministry in a missional context.   Much of this comes from my fear that my children will grow up thinking that church is a place you go on the weekends, [...]

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Telescopes, Bibles and Mars

Posted by nbarnes on June 22, 2009 in Books and Reading, Church, God Thoughts |

What if our view of the bible is getting in the way of what the bible was supposed to be and do?  I tackle this question in my latest vlog. Watch my video diary on YouTube.

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