Author: tspithaler


Making Disciples: Simply Teach God’s Word Simply

Christianity is often made more complicated than it need be. Sadly, we as Christians are typically the one’s responsible for causing the confusion and creating the unnecessarily complicated platform that has become the common understanding of Christianity to those outside of the faith. We need to reel this back. In a conversation with a very good friend and pastor just the other evening, he stated that he is longing for revival in America. Social issue have caused much division as of late, with protests and politics working their way into every thread of our community fabric. While I agree that...


Apologetics and Scholarship With Love

Few things are more infuriating to me than people passing themselves off as an expert in a field, that obviously lack the knowledge of the topic at hand, or the professional willingness to debate their assertions. Unfortunately, and as we all know, social media is full of such folk. Sniping responses with an adamant opinion of your error or inaccuracies, yet offering no evidence of such, and a yellow spine when it comes time to a willingness to defend their own comments. What typically follows in such cases, if any response whatsoever is given, is name calling, blame shifting, misdirection,...


Obedience; It’s Why Do We Study the Bible

Almost seems like a rhetorical question. But it’s not. Really, why do we study the bible? I’m sure each of us can come up with a number of reasons. Topping the list might be, to learn how to be a ‘better Christian’. Others might be to simply learn more about God’s Word in general, or to know more about Christian history. Some study to find encouragement for themselves, or for others. Some study to prepare a sermon or a devotional message. For that matter, some study to prepare a blog post. The reality is that practically, none of these answers...


The Pain of Empty Fields

After serving the Lord for 8 years in the ministry in Bonney Lake, our family moved back to the Olympia area and purchased a piece of property, 5 acres in size near Tenino, WA. Here, for the last 4 years, and in some of the most formative years for our three children, this place has been our home. We have loved it, will likely never leave it, and have treasured this place and the fellowship we have had hear with great joy. During these 4 years, we have watched all three of our children become grown young adult. Each of...


I’m Offended – Well, That’s Your Choice

We are surrounded by a nation of snowflakes.¬†We live in a culture pushing hard towards liberalism in all areas. This is a tough fight for Christians and political conservatives. Taking a look at some statistics, it’s easy to see why. In a recent study published by the Econ Journal Watch, the results showed that of all College and University Professors who are registered voters and responded to the poll, self-professed liberals outnumber both moderates and conservatives 12-1, and the trend is worsening. The Washington Times (a liberal news source itself) reported on this study and confirmed that out of five...

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