Introducing: Living Theologically

As I announced last week, I will now be blogging elsewhere in order to distinguish this site as one that is for the Youth Ministry at EBC.  I’m excited to share with you the link to my new blog, Living Theologically.

There are only a few posts up there right now, but I’ll be trying to add 2-3 posts a week.  For the first few weeks I’ll probably search through the archives here at and I’ll add one post from this site onto the new one each week until I’ve reposted my top ten favorite posts.  I don’t want to flood the new site with “old material,” but some of what I’ve written here is worth revisiting (I hope!).

If you subscribe to this blog and are not directly associated with Emmanuel Baptist Church, thank you for finding your way to this blog and reading what I write… I do not take you for granted.  Please feel free to unsubscribe from this blog, and I hope you’ll jump over to Living Theologically to continue the conversation with me over there.  You can read the blog posts and description there to get a sense of what my vision for the new blog will become.

Never Ending Night

It’s that time again! We’re doing an all-nighter, “Never Ending Night,” again with the youth group at Good News Bible Chapel in Attleboro. Here are the details:

Nov. 22-23, 2013 (Fri-Sat just before Thanksgiving)
7:00 pm Dropoff at EBC (63 Rockwood Rd, Norfolk MA)
6:30am Pickup at GNBC (235 West St, Attleboro MA)
Signup ASAP by paying with a check (made to EBC, write “All-nighter: name” in memo)
Signed copy of the Permission Form (click the link to download)

The $30 covers all the entertainment, games, music, food, and more! You might want to bring some money for snacks here-and-there, but this is going to be a full night that you and your friends won’t want to miss!

You don’t need to bring a sleeping bag or anything else with you, just make sure you’re wearing comfortable clothes/shoes that you can be active in.

The last few hours you might feel like the kid in the video below, but we’ve got plans to keep you moving all night long.

Redesigned site, coming your way soon!

In the next two weeks I’m hoping to finish redesigning this blog site to better serve the EBC Youth Ministry.  That means I’ll be unveiling a new blog where I’ll be blogging on life/theology/ministry issues elsewhere, while this site is specifically focused on the youth ministry of Emmanuel Baptist Church.  Here’s what I have in mind:

  • Guest Posts: I’m hoping to have guest posts by students, youth leaders, and parents.
  • Links: I’m not going to be commenting too much on them myself, other than maybe a paragraph explaining why it’s a link worth sharing.
  • Calendar & Announcement: More emphasis will be given to posting information and changes to the youth group calendar.
  • YG Lesson Discussion Q’s: Want to know what we talked about at YG last week? Parents, visit here to read a short summary and to pick up two-three questions to discuss with your teen at some point in the week.

Students, if you have any artwork or writing that you’re interested in sharing, or if you have some ideas for the site, please contact me and let me know!

Note: If you subscribe to this blog and are not directly associated with EBC, I’ll be sharing the new blog site in an upcoming post. I’d encourage you to jump over to the new blog once it opens up.  This may also explain the lack of activity here lately…

365 Fear Not’s in the Bible?

Yesterday my wife was reading a book that mentioned the Bible saying “Do not fear” 365 times… once for every day of the week.  As kindly as I could, I responded, “That’s not true. I read a blog post about that and it said it’s not true.”  She kindly did not smack me for being a know-it-all.  But she did respond by saying, “So you think this writer didn’t research it at all before writing it in her book?”

This morning I was curious and re-read the blog post (A “Do Not Be Afraid” For Every Day of the Year?) I remembered debunking this “myth” and then did some homework myself (even though I should’ve been finishing my sermon for Sunday).  I pulled up Accordance Bible Software (which I very highly recommend, and is available for both Mac and PC) and did a basic search in English with “not <and> fear” and got 327 hits, then did another with “no <and> fear” and got another 65 hits. Not all of these quite fit the criteria to support the “365 fear nots” since some are like Lev. 25:36 (“Take no interest from him or profit, but fear your God, that your brother may live beside you.”) have a different root word and meaning for “fear.”

To be honest, I was looking to debunk this “one fear not for each day” statement but after doing some research and changing up the different ways the “fear not” statements could be said, I think it could actually be mostly true.  I doubt the Bible says  “Do not be afraid” exactly 365 times, but the number of times the Bible makes some variation of that statement does seem to be in the 300’s.  Thankfully, we don’t need one “Fear not” for each day in order to live with confidence and courage.

Jesus has received all authority in heaven and on earth, and he has promised to be with us always, even to the very end of time (Matthew 28:18-20).  That is reason enough for us to live without fear.