Vacation Is Over, But…

Proverbial Thought

Some of you are regular readers of Proverbial Thought, and for that I am truly grateful. However, I must apologize for the long break between posts.

Last week my family and I went on vacation to Washington, D.C. While we were there my computer was supposed to be getting cleaned and refreshed in time for my return. Unfortunately, it’s still not ready – it crashed while being worked on.

Fortunately for me, the crash happened while in the competent hands of technicians who could save everything and install a new hard drive. Had it happened just a week earlier, before they had been doing work on it, I would have been in deep, deep, doggie poo (that’s theological verbiage, so don’t worry).

Anyway, later this week I will be getting back to re-posting all the great thoughts written by those who made this project possible.

God bless!


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A Recovering Logos-ist

Read my guest list for Anthony.

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Daniel Klem is a long-time blogger friend. He was a regular contributor to and has even traveled all the way from Arizona to go Chrismas caroling with us 🙂 – Anthony Baker

I know. That is quite a title.

This can potentially be huge . . . if you know anything about Greek and theology.

A brief lesson for those who could use it:

John 1:1: “In the beginning was the Logos …”

Logos means “the Word.” Therefore, according to the Bible, Jesus is the Word, and that means He is God (see the rest of the verse), Creator (Genesis 1, God spoke), and Savior (1 Corinthians 15:1-2).

Therefore, the title of this post could very easily be understood as “A Recovering Christian.”

In a way, this is true. We should always be in a state of recovery as Christians: in mind (Romans 12:2), spirit (Ephesians 4:23), and character…

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Guest Posts a Comin’!

Such nice words.

Help a friend as friends help each other, and read Anthony’s blog, both while he is on vacay and every other time. Support the others, too!

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Break Time!

As you well know – if you know anything about blogging – vacations, sabbaticals, and illnesses will absolutely KILL one’s stats! That is why it is mucho importento to find a way to keep those hits coming, even when you’re not able to post anything yourself.

But I need a break! I need to refill the imagination funnel! What do I do???

Logical Answer: Guest posts!


Starting tomorrow (Wednesday) The Recovering Legalist will be hosting several guest writers, a few of which are brand new to my audience. As a matter of fact, one blogger I just met this past weekend!

Be looking out for posts from the following friends:

daniel klemDaniel Klem – Daniel and Caitlin Klem are about the cutest couple you’ll ever meet. I’ll never forget for as long as I live the couple of days they spent with us here in Chattanooga. They live…

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A Dad’s Vent about Virtue and Purity

I would not have worded it this way, for two reasons:
1) Quite frankly, I am not a dad, yet.
2) I have a tendency to be more … diplomatic than Anthony at times. (You could call it politically correct, but that would be wrong.) Therefore, a few words would be different or reworded.
That being said, I whole-heartedly agree with what he put in here. Read it. Agree or disagree, you might learn something.


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No graphics. No fancy fonts. Just words.

Tonight my youngest daughter is going to her “homeschool” prom. Yes, home-educated kids DO have lives and opportunities for socialization. The dress she chose is a beautiful, long, white gown worthy of a princess – of which she is.

This morning I mentioned to my wife how that after all she’s been put through…all she’s had to endure…white was an appropriate choice. My wife replied, “Because Jesus makes us clean.”

Then, like a flood, all of the vitriolic comments from writers, bloggers, columnists, celebrities, and even so-called Christian youth ministers came washing over my mind. Look them up, if you like, but I’m not going to give them the courtesy of a link on my blog.

Oh, but what the heck. Here’s just two names: Selena Gomez (done with the purity ring); Rachel Held Evans (“Christians idolize virginity”). You have to go look…

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Letter to an Average Disgruntled Church Member

Hebrews 10:23-25 (Honestly, read all of it. Not just chapter 10, but all of Hebrews and the Bible.)
Read it, then read this open letter.
Please and thank you.


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Dear Disgruntled:

I noticed that coming to church has become something of a dying habit for you (well, to call it a habit might be stretching it a bit; habits do require some sort of consistency). Yes, from what I’ve heard, you’ve become disheartened and disillusioned with the whole church “thing.”

Is that true? If it is, my heart breaks for you. Believe me, there’s not a single heartbreak or disappointment I haven’t already endured. However, there is something you can do to help turn things around.

What you need to do is develop a Christ-like love for your brothers and sisters, then even the worst of disappointments will have a hard time turning your heart cold. “Because He first loved me…” is something you may find yourself repeating over and over, but loving others – because He first loved you – will turn those tears of disappointment into…

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YHWH vs BAAL: Should God Be an “Option”?

Just read it.


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This week is our Spring Break in Chattanooga. On top of that, I have several very pressing and serious things to deal with (I could use your prayers). That is why I decided to post something a little different for today.

The following is part of a paper which was attached to a presentation I gave in a Theology of Missions class at Temple Baptist Seminary in 2012. Enjoy!


The question that needs to be asked is: did the people of Israel ever offer Yahweh as an alternative to Baal? Much of modern Christianity has resorted to offering Christ as an alternative to the gods of this world. They say, “Choose Christ,” of “Give Jesus a try.” But did the ancient followers of Yahweh do this? Did they ever consider their God one of many choices? Did they try to convince the Baal worshippers of the day that God…

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Good Friday leads to “INDEED!”

B.C. (c) 2015 Johnny Hart.

B.C. (c) 2015 Johnny Hart.


In memory