Author Archives: russellmckinney

Why Can’t a Woman be a Pastor or a Deacon?

I realize that I’m not going to win any popularity contests with this one, but I feel led of the Lord to weigh in on the topics of women preachers and women deacons. In these days of social media, it … Continue reading

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Jesus’ Childhood (post #3 of 3)

When last we left Joseph, Mary, and the baby Jesus, they were in Egypt. They are there because Joseph, following the visit from the wise men, has been warned in a dream by an angel to leave Bethlehem and take … Continue reading

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Jesus’ Childhood (post #2 of 3)

When last we left Joseph, Mary, and the baby Jesus, they were in Jerusalem in the Jewish temple performing a couple of important services per the Mosaic law. At this point, Jesus is 40 days old and has been circumcised … Continue reading

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“Christian verses” Podcast: John 13:34

In John 13:34, Jesus says to His disciples, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” Why did Jesus call that commandment new? And what … Continue reading

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Jesus’ Childhood (post #1 of 3)

The Bible is for the most part silent about the years of Jesus’ childhood. As we all know from the Christmas story, He is born in Bethlehem, wrapped in swaddling clothes, placed in a manger, and visited by shepherds on … Continue reading

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When Death is Precious

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. (Psalm 116:15, K.J.V.) The Hebrew word translated in this verse as “precious” is yaqar. It’s an interesting word, one that carries multiple shades of meaning. Let me mention … Continue reading

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God Doesn’t Change, But Don’t Try to Put Him in a Box

“For I am the Lord, I do not change…” (Malachi 3:6, N.K.J.V.) Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. … Continue reading

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