Jeremy Parks

26 March by Jeremy Parks

Dear Husband: You Don’t Love Me

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In the voice of Everywoman…  Dear husband: I love you.  You know that, right?  I think I’ve always made it clear. I respect you, too. I know what the Word has to say on the subject, and I gladly comply.  You’re the greatest man I’ve ever known; human in every way and yet utterly godly. […]

27 February by Jeremy Parks

The Next IMB President

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After roughly three years on the job, IMB President Tom Elliff has informed the proper folks to begin considering his replacement. As I wrote shortly after the IMB approved him as the organization’s 11th president, I’ve always believed Elliff came along as the right man at the right time.   He wasn’t “God’s man” for […]

14 February by Jeremy Parks

Storying, Orality, and the Bible

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I’ve already introduced the concept of orality in an earlier post.  You can read that here.  The article contains links to other sites that can add to the picture. A frequently-occuring objection to the use of storying in evangelism, discipleship and teaching assumes that stories fit children’s spiritual needs, while exegesis and exposition necessarily satiate […]

5 February by Jeremy Parks

The Character of God in Five Stories

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Many people groups around the world are what ethnologists term oral learners.  As the Orality Strategies website defines orality… “‘Orality’ refers to reliance upon the spoken, rather than written, word for communication.Orality is an ancient phenomenon that continues to the present. Before writing was developed, cultures passed along their cultural traditions, including their history, identity, […]

3 February by Jeremy Parks

Practical Theology: Using Non-Christians for Kingdom Work

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A few years ago, I took some classes at Southwestern Seminary’s Houston campus.  If you get the chance, take a course there.  They’ve got a great bunch of guys.  One gentleman, Dr. John Laing, is an absolutely fantastic instructor and a solid all-around human being; not a waste of a carbon footprint at all. In […]

29 January by Jeremy Parks

Antinomianism: Too Far or Not Far Enough?

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I’m a new-comer to the discussion of antinomianism.  I’ve seen folks confidently toss the word around, the heptasyllabic term rolling off their fingertips and on to the digital page.  Finally, disgusted with my own ignorance, I determined to ascend from the pit of theological cognitive stupidity in search of greater intellectual challenges. In short, I […]

27 January by Jeremy Parks

Too Much of a Good Thing

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I blame my parents, really, for all my troubles. Mom had hearing so perfect she could hear paint dry.  Dad couldn’t hear a low-yield nuclear weapon.  My sister took after Mom, and I – naturally – followed in my father’s ever-silencing footsteps.  A huge schnoz, blue eyes, and hearing loss are my primary paternal genetic […]

26 December by Jeremy Parks

Of Wooblers and Heroes

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There’s a profession out there, a noble and honorable one on which society depends, that has earned my contempt. I won’t name it here; I see no reason to earn what would ultimately be a warranted amount of scorn and enmity by actually naming the career path in question.  As well, I lack any desire […]

23 December by Jeremy Parks

Servant Or Server?

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When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am.  Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s […]

17 December by Jeremy Parks

Cochlear Implants: A Christian Issue?

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As Christians, we have an obligation to examine all aspects of our lives in order to ensure that we honor God daily.  However, not every issue of life falls into neat, easily-evaluated categories. One such problem is that of cochlear implants. In essence, a cochlear implant is a surgically-implanted device that doctors thread directly into […]

16 December by Jeremy Parks

Practical Theology: Sex Changes and the Post-Salvation Life

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Mixed-up sexuality is a pretty big thing in the Deaf community here in Ecuador.  We have men dressing as girls, entering beauty pageants with glittering dresses and fabulous hair.  Lesbians abound as well, forming their own soccer teams and voting blocks in the Deaf clubs and associations.  We’ve even got a small pocket of folks […]

13 December by Jeremy Parks

Practical Theology: Marital Hostages

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A buddy of mine, Oswald, married a terrible woman many years ago.  Oswald was young and dumb and probably lacked chest hair, so he wasn’t the greatest find, either.  Over the last 20 years, Oswald has tired of her antics, her verbal abuse of the children, her affairs.  He walked out about 18 months ago […]

21 November by Jeremy Parks

Persecution of the Unsaved

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My name is Sammy.  I’m 24 years old, and I live far away from most of you.  I don’t have a car, a passport, or a Judeo-Christian cultural background.  I do, however, have a story. I remember the first time I saw Mr. Robert and his wife Sarah.  As usual, I was hawking my father’s […]