Ten Years: What I’ve Learned Since Dad Died

Today marks the ten-year anniversary since my dad unexpectedly passed away. He was 1 month and 4 days shy of his 45th birthday. It’s hard to believe that, if God grants me another 15 1/2 years on this earth, I will have outlived Dad.

I’d like to take a moment to share some lessons I’ve learned since Dad died. I promise that these won’t be overly-mushy, and my intent is not to make you cry, but rather to reflect.

Dad’s death has taught me:

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Start2Finish Is Growing!

We are very excited to announce that a new addition is coming to the Start2Finish family very soon…




Ray Rice & the NFL

As an NFL football fan, I’ve been following the news today about Ray Rice, running back for the Baltimore Ravens, who was cut from the team and then suspended indefinitely by the league for an incident of domestic violence at an Atlantic City casino earlier in the year. The NFL previously suspended Rice for two games, but this morning, video of the incident was released by TMZ, and we all were given the opportunity to witness for the first time the deplorable thing that Rice had done to his then-fiancee, now-wife.

In 2007, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick was convicted for his involvement in a dog-fighting operation, and he went to prison for a while and was banned from the NFL for two years. Knowing that, I had been disappointed that the NFL only gave Rice a two-game suspension. I love dogs, but domestic violence is a more serious issue than animal cruelty.

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Winner, Winner

Last week, I announced a giveaway to promote the release of Bethlehem Road: A Guide to Ruth. Someone received 1 entry for purchasing on Amazon and 5 entries for purchasing from a Christian bookstore. I’m very excited to announce that

Tony Clay

is the winner of the eBooks4Life membership, the Kindle paperwhite, and the Bibliotheca Bible. Congratulations, Tony!

The False Doctrine of Sound Doctrine

“Sound doctrine” is a phrase we Christians throw around quite often. Believing the correct thing on a wide range of biblical issues is very important to us, as it should be for anyone. Whenever I read through Hebrews or 1 John or Ephesians or 1 Corinthians or Romans, I’m reminded that I can’t just believe ANYTHING I want. My mind and its thoughts should be submissive to Christ (2 Cor. 10:5).

But being a fan of “sound doctrine” brings with it a sneaky problem. I’m honest to admit that I have a love-hate relationship with “sound doctrine” because it can be a manipulative jerk. “Sound doctrine” as I have always thought of it isn’t my friend, but neither is it my enemy. It’s more like the bad roommate I had in college that I hope I never see or hear from again.

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