Author Archives: Plymothian

About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.

Inactive Faith Doesn’t Save

I have had many conversations with people who want to believe a relative or a friend is ‘saved.’  These friends hope this relative made a decision for Jesus in a coma, became a Christian secretly, or made a decision at … Continue reading

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Idleness and The Welfare System

“If you don’t work, you don’t eat.”  This is the way many conversations I have with Christians go when I talk about social security and welfare.  The assumption is that there are many people milking the social system for all … Continue reading

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Why Is The Left Behind Series Bashed?

I was reading through a commentary on 2 Thessalonians this morning and The Left Behind series came under fire again.  The Left Behind series is a set of books published by Jerry Jenkins and Timothy LaHaye telling the fictional story … Continue reading

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Moving Past Spiritual Stagnation

We mature and we develop.  At least that is the plan.  In our school classes, our teachers set goals for us and then teach us to achieve them.  Our parents, if they care, look for our developmental goals.  When did … Continue reading

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What is in 1 Thessalonians?

Thessaloniki is in Greece.  When the apostle Paul went there, he was soon chased out of town.  That made him concerned that the faith he shared there would soon die out.  When, finally, he got word, he found that the … Continue reading

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What Happens After We Die?

Short answer is, “We don’t know.”  A slightly longer answer is, “We don’t know much.”  Most people in North America would still like to think they go on to somewhere better, but why?  In England I hear stories of people … Continue reading

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Strategies for Walking Away from Sexual Immorality

There are those who would say I am the last person who should write anything about sexual immorality.  I, like many men before me, have struggled to keep my thoughts and actions pure.  In recent years I have made improvements … Continue reading

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What Is Lacking in Our Faith?

To be a Christian, in North America, is often to have said a certain prayer.  This prayer is sometimes called The Prayer of Salvation, The Prayer of Repentance, The Prayer of Acceptance.  One example of it is given in the … Continue reading

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5 Traits of a Good Mentor or Teacher

As the new semester starts, people will be entering new schools for the first time.  In a new school, or a new job, or a new town, it is important to find a mentor.  As we advance in years it … Continue reading

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Problems with the Phrase ‘Accept Christ’

A. W. Tozer first made me question how we use the term ‘accept Christ.’  He wasn’t a fan.  In evangelistic campaigns many preachers plead with the congregation to ‘accept Christ.’  They might ask people to raise their hands and come … Continue reading

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