SKOPOS Blog Posts

Hallmark Ending

My wonderful, sweet, wife loves ‘those’ Hallmark movies, especially the ones that come on around Christmas time. I try, I mean I really try to watch them with her (to be a good husband), but my goodness,

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Wise Guy

Have you ever heard the story of the old, wise, owl?  I’m sure we all know of the story, but have you ever heard it? Well, it’s so valuable in today’s climate, give it a listen: There

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Lean on Him

Wow, have you ever taken a NY minute to pause and think of the accomplishments of modern man?  We travel at 30,000 feet across continents at 600 mph and think nothing of it. We beam signals off

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Servantish

As I continue to cover topics about leadership, I can’t help but ignore one of the most popular subjects in Christian leadership circles, the idea of Servant Leadership. I suppose before any analysis, we should define that

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Mentorship

  In this episode, I will primarily be speaking about men, but ladies, listen in, because it will give you good insight into the guys you love in your life. Navigating through the waters of life in

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Face Off

Whether you lead a church small group or large corporation, no leader can exist without the dreaded, inevitable, usually horribly mismanaged, moment of confrontation. Do you hate confrontation?… Or, are you one of “those” types who thrive

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Advocate

Have you ever experienced the value of an advocate? I don’t mean a lawyer that gets a speeding ticket reversed, what I mean is when a person really goes to bat for you to help you advance

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Yoga

For several decades Christians have debated whether or not activities rooted in Eastern religion, such as Yoga, Tai Chi, and Meditation are permissible or beneficial to practice. As with most debates within church circles, the lines are

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Changing Church

Ask anyone who’s been around the church community for a few decades and they’ll tell you, “it ain’t like it used to be.”  They’re right, church has changed. It hasn’t just changed its programs, service, styles and

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Mind Waste

One of the most powerful ad campaign themes ever was developed by the United Negro College Fund in the 1970’s. You might remember the phrase “your mind is a terrible thing to waste.” In fact, it became

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Scoreboard

Our society loves to compete. From a young age, kids jump into sports and begin learning the values of good ole’ competition. Of course, participation trophies and the “everyone wins” trend has impacted that competitive drive, but

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IN BOLD

In Acts chapter four, Peter and John were preaching the gospel in Jerusalem and many thousands of people believed and came to saving faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Well, those pesky religious leaders certainly took

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MY God

The pluralism of post-modernity has developed into a popular belief that God is arbitrary and that there are multiple paths to God and ways to define him. In very obvious examples, we experience celebrities such as Oprah

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Wrath Fear

President Franklin Roosevelt famously said, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” He was referring to the run on US banks and how fear was exacerbating the economic crisis. While we understand the context

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Sin is Sin

The single greatest asset to Christian living is that we have a direct revelation from God himself, called the Bible. Our doctrine and our spiritual formation should flow out of what God has revealed in His Word.

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CHRISTmas

Each Christmas I grow increasingly perplexed at the irony of the way in which the whole world celebrates Christmas. As I drive down streets and see lights everywhere and go to Christmas plays, I can’t help but

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Broken

The world seems to be getting more and more chaotic. Yet, in many ways, since mankind invited sin into the world we were to steward, evil has caused great heartache. Ancient religions would throw babies into furnaces

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Constant

If you grew up in church, or even attended Sunday School when you were young, you were probably taught the concept that God doesn’t change. It stems from the theological principles that God cannot increase or decrease

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God’s Life

There are many characteristics that make the one, true, God far above any other idea of god. Beyond God’s person and spirit, Scripture affirms that God is characterized by life. God is beyond an idea or perception,

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A Personal God

So many other religions sound good at surface level…they seem nice, kind, maybe even help to better people, and they really are like Christianity, right? Well, not so much. So many religions, especially Eastern based, like Hinduism,

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Is He Safe?

My favorite line from any book or movie comes from C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.” Susan has just finished a great dialogue with Mrs. Beaver about the majesty, awe, and nervousness about meeting

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A Loving God

Modern Christianity seems to place a great emphasis on God’s love. There is teaching everywhere and it is reinforced in the midst of an increasingly hostile culture toward Christianity. It is likely a natural response or defense

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Lost Your Way

“Twenty miles onward is easier than to go one mile back for the lost evidence. Take care, then, when you find your Master, to cling close to Him.” If you’re a reader, you might recognize that quote

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Covered

I love my waffle house hash-browns “smothered and covered.” There’s just something about that cheese covering that makes just about any food better. My wife loves to cover people in a blanket, if you’re lying around the

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Wonder

Sometimes I’m so engrossed in a situation or an upcoming event, that I can’t even sleep or think about anything else. Have you had a significant situation or thoughts about a life event totally consume you? Then

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Fame

Is it just me, or does seems like there’s an entertainment award show every Sunday night! There’s movies, TV, music genre’s, kids, sports, and multiple awards banquets for each one. If you’ve ever watched one of those

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Shifting Compass

By: Brett Larson We are left scratching our heads. How did our political system get so crazy, so embarrassing, so…well, morally bankrupt? Consistent with my Christian worldview, I’m sure you’re expecting a typical response from me, so

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Fear Factor

What is your greatest fear? Go ahead and think of it for a minute. A few of my friends think it should be clowns. More seriously, for some it might be loss of family, terrorism, or something

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A Reason   

What is truth? In our postmodern world, that sentiment seems to be the prevailing question. The idea of absolute truth, exclusive and solitary, is almost offensive to so many. That there is a right and a wrong,

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Pure Delight

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 can be so misunderstood if we read it through the lens of our self-advancing culture. Often, we see these words

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True Justice

Our world seems to be spinning out of control. From ISIS and their brutal murders, to our political divisiveness, to now, another police shooting of a young man bringing chaos to our city streets. It sure seems

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Speak Up

Speak Up Brett Larson The more I study God’s word, whether personally or academically, the more I’m awestruck at the levels of complexity and layers of magnificence the Bible contains. This collection of 66 books, that are

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Good Legalism?

Good Legalism? ~ Brett Larson Just mention the word “legalism” in your church small group and you’ll see Christians in today’s church scatter like cockroaches when the lights go on. Nobody today wants to be accused of

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Just a Little Talk

I grew up listening to and singing Southern Gospel music. One song that most people probably remember is “Just a little talk with Jesus”…makes it right. So many of those old Southern Gospel songs were uplifting and

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Alone

Christ’s church is beautiful. We are family…and well, families have issues. We have weird uncles and we have rogue cousins, we have a few that don’t get along, and a couple of real screw-ups too. Yet, we

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Walking Tall

An old movie series call “Walking Tall” is the story of a retired pro-wrestler turned vigilante against corruption in his home town. The idea is that he “walks tall” with pride and is unwilling to bend to

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Reality Check

The resurrection of Jesus Christ from his death on the cross is as essential to Christianity as an engine is to a car. Without it, the whole endeavor is pointless. The resurrection finishes the work that Jesus

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Bandwagon Fans

Every year it happens, a sports team rises out of nowhere to success and all of the sudden their logos are everywhere! The Cubs finally start winning and all of the sudden people I’ve never seen with

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Get Up!

Are you stuck in the mistakes of your past? So many of us are deflated, worn out, caught in the vortex of sins that haunt us…yet we want to do more for God. We feel inadequate or

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Disagreement

With all of the recent political opinions within the church, issues and disagreements (especially on social media) seem to be rampant. Of course, this is nothing new with Christians (or people in general) and is just a

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Vision

In Nehemiah 2, we see that Nehemiah was a leader; he worked for the King of Persia in the capital. He was an administrator and was well respected. Persia controlled Jerusalem and much of Judea as about

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Real Christmas

Christmas is a crazy time of year. There are people to buy for, kid’s programs, church events, and all sorts of activities. The streets are busy with determined (and distracted) shoppers…which makes the traffic a bit scary.

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Thanks

Every year, Christmas decorations go up earlier and earlier, often before the Thanksgiving holiday. My wife, Kim, really dislikes this practice and rightfully so. Of course, for secular businesses, Thanksgiving is of little value, but Christmas can

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Look Around

There’s a lot to learn from the oldest book of the Bible. As tragedy and uncertainty seem to increase all around us in the modern world we can, ironically, learn a whole lot from the oldest biblical

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A Whole New World

Recently on Lifeline (3-6pm on WDCX) we stirred up a whole bunch of controversy about Genesis 1-2 and creation…and it was good. I know, you’re probably thinking how could controversy be good, we need answers, we need

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All New

The Bible tells us that when we are born again, all things are made new. Have you ever wondered what that really means? Does it mean that we get new clothes, a new car, new stuff…what does

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Hard Work

Proverbs 16:3 tells us to commit our work to the Lord and our plans will be established. Hard work is underrated in our tech savvy and entitlement-driven society.  The late Dr. Jerry Falwell, whom I loved like

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Available

  I recently heard some fantastic advice as I watched a video from Liberty University Seminary. Dr. Dave Hirschman was speaking and his reference was Exodus 4 when Moses was called by God and felt inadequate, saying

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He is Here

  In John 14:8-9, Philip asked Jesus to show him the “Father” and that it would be enough to comfort and give him strength.  Then Jesus said: “Don’t you know me…anyone who has seen me, has seen

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Move the Sticks

  My son cracks me up when he plays Madden (NFL Video Game for those who don’t know).  He pretty much goes for a touchdown every play, and he’s usually successful.  But, that strategy rarely works in

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Orchestra

  If you’ve ever experienced a symphony playing at its finest, then you know the unmatched beauty and sound that no electronic system can match. Within that beauty, there is a surprising complexity of movements and individual

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The Monuments Men

  “The Monuments Men” is a recent movie that tells the story of a special military unit of art experts who were commissioned with recovering the many masterpieces that Hitler had pillaged and had stolen from across

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New Beginnings

  Yes, this is another “blog” about New Year’s resolutions…but, stay with me, I’ve got a different take. I like new beginnings, new goals, and restarts as much as anyone else. However, I’m not a big fan

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ISIS: Justice

  I’ve been holding my tongue (keyboard) lately. I have seen several bloggers and so-called internet-theologians (save that for another day) write about the recent happenings regarding ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Quite frankly, some of what

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Clouds

  Have you ever been worn out? I’m not talking about the kind of tired that comes after a good workout. And, I’m not talking about when work or school has you tired from a crazy a

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Weak or Strong

  It’s funny how trends work. They are temporary, but in the moment they seem like eternal necessities. Mom, I HAVE to have those certain sneakers…or clothing. To keep this short, recently I’ve noticed a huge trend

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Messy Faith

  First, I need to apologize as I have neglected SKOPOS for awhile now. It’s not that it isn’t on my mind, it’s just that we’ve experienced a very busy season at WDCX and when I did

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