Resources by Will Spokes

Will Spokes is Minister of Outreach for Tenth Church.

Dr. Bart Ehrman teaches New Testament Introduction to undergraduates at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A few years ago he started asking his undergraduate classes about their views of the Bible. He recounts, “The first day of class, with over three hundred students present, I ask: ‘How many of you would agree with the proposition that the Bible is the inspired Word of God?’ Whoosh! Virtually everyone

Proverbs 23:13-14

Do not withhold discipline from a child;
      if you strike him with a rod, he will not die.
If you strike him with the rod,
      you will save his soul from Sheol.

Parenting is exhausting. As a young parent I used to think it was possible to be consistent. No more! Parenting is also one of the most sensitive…

During the weeks leading up to Easter our pastoral staff will tackle theological topics related to the resurrection in a series we're calling "Easter's Gospel."

In addition to asking, "Why did Jesus die?" we need to answer a similar but different question: “Why was Jesus killed?” In fact to answer the latter is essential for answering the former.

Why Was Jesus Killed?

So, why…

Proverbs 23:1-3

When you sit down to eat with a ruler,
     observe carefully what is before you,
and put a knife to your throat
     if you are given to appetite.
Do not desire his delicacies
     for they are deceptive food.

The setting for these verses is a dinner or a banquet put on by a ruler. (Think final…

Proverbs 22:2

The rich and the poor meet together;
the LORD is  the maker of them all.

Here we have two groups of people: rich and poor. They are opposites, which often do not overlap. Sometimes it’s because of opportunities, privileges, and access or the lack of these. It’s as if these two groups of people are journeying down two different roads in opposite directions…