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When I was younger, I often skipped over genealogies in my Bible studies. Not only were long lists of names boring, but long lists of names Hebrew-in-origin were even more boring. I usually ended up skimming the lists to see if they mentioned my name (they never did) and then went on immediately to the next passage.

As I’ve grown more mature in my faith and perception of the Bible, I’ve come to appreciate genealogies and the vast amounts of information they contain. As it turns out, they can actually tell us a lot about who wrote them and what…


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Brooke and I recently watched an animated Christmas movie released a few years ago titled ‘The Star’. The story features an anthropomorphic donkey who unknowingly finds himself in the midst of the events leading up to Jesus’ birth, all the while yearning for something ‘greater’. It’s a cute movie and probably one that we’ll encourage Wren to watch in the coming years as a kid-friendly way to learn about an important Bible story.

However, it’s important to note that the movie isn’t meant to serve as a literal depiction of the biblical events surrounding Jesus’ birth. Clocking in at 86…


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Christmas music is simultaneously the best and worst genre of music. Its songs are a joyful reminder of the Christmas season and the merry feelings that accompany it, but most years it feels like radio stations and department stores play the same 30 song covers over and over.

I’m a big fan of finding different takes on the traditional songs as well as new songs, and so I’ve decided to compile and share a list of the ones I’m listening to the most this season. Some might be new to you, some might not. Some you might enjoy, some you…


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MLMs, or multi-level marketing businesses, are a modern implementation of traditional pyramid schemes. Despite their constant public positioning against this accusation, they engage in unique operating practices that support the idea of people at the top of an organization taking advantage of those at the bottom. These practices include requiring sales associates to purchase their own inventory of products before they can begin selling to customers, as well as relying on the recruitment of other sales associates and their affiliated sales as a primary stream of revenue (often referred to as network marketing).

Chances are, most of us have met…


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2020 has been a difficult year for many people. We’ve mourned with friends and family as they’ve lost loved ones to the pandemic. We’ve watched men and women lose the ability to financially provide for their families as a result of economic turmoil. We’ve witnessed the political divide in the U.S. grow as corrupt politicians and wealthy businesspeople incite anger and spew false rhetoric for personal gain.

And the list goes on.

Unsurprisingly, recent events have prompted Christians across the world to question their beliefs, when in reality, they actually confirm what the Bible tells us —that we’re living in…


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I’ve always considered myself a good citizen when it comes to politics — I’ve voted in every local, state, and federal election since I’ve been old enough to vote and have always attempted to stay informed on the most politically-relevant topics.

It wasn’t until the last year or two that I developed a more substantial interest in politics, and more specifically the political process and how it influences the decisions that impact our progress as a nation. …


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Introduction

Sometime last year I developed an interest in Old Testament studies, specifically the historicity of the events concerning Israel’s origins. Having attended a combination of Pentecostal and Evangelical churches throughout my life, some of the topics I came across were fairly new to me and not something that I ever remember being covered in Sunday School (at least not in any real depth).

My curiosity was mostly piqued by some difficulties I had run into trying to reconcile modern, mainstream Christianity with the characteristics of the god I’d grown up knowing and experiencing. While the Evangelical perspective is that the…

Ethan Sholly

Person. Amateur writer. Jack of many trades, master of none.

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