Jesus and Compound Miter Saws

One of my favorite blog posts of all time was one I did in 2017 on how to put a spring back in a Ryobi 10 inch compound miter saw. I was changing the blade one day when a little spring fell out. It was the spring that pushes the guard out of the way as you lower the blade. After a lot of research online all I could find were comments about how nearly impossible it was to get it put back in and no one was telling you how.

So I worked on that thing and worked and worked until I figured it out! Then it hit me. I should create a guide for people with the same problem. So I took it all apart again and documented the procedure for getting the spring back in.

There are a number of posts that get significant traffic every day and this is one of them. Every now and then I get a comment. When I see a notification that there is a comment on that post, I beam because the comments are priceless. Read them when you have a minute in the link above.

Why do I love the comments? Because the people who posted them were in the same predicament I was in and they, like me, couldn’t see how to get through it to the other side. The post has helped quite a few people and it makes me happy to know that.

How does Jesus fit into this? I wish I had a Jesus post that got the same kind of comments…comments that someone was in the same predicament I was in and something I said helped them get through it. Maybe I am not talking about Jesus enough. Maybe I am not being vulnerable enough. One of my goals in 2019 is to get a blog post about Jesus that generates the same kinds of comments as that post on the Ryobi miter saw spring!

Time to get it done!

From Disciple to Apostle – Their Shift is Our Shift

Jesus didn’t just teach his disciples. He also sent them out to teach what he taught (the kingdom) and do what he did (heal people). We see this in the sending of the 12 and the 72 in the gospels. In Matthew 10:1-2 we get a very interesting shift in language, ” Jesus called hisContinue Reading

Book Review: Jesus’ Economy by John Barry

John Barry was a chief editor at Logos/Faithlife Bible software. He ended his stint with Faithlife in order to work with the poor all over the world and create sustainable business models to help get people out of poverty. He started a non-profit called Jesus’ Economy and has now combined his ministry with his writingContinue Reading

Pushing Past Fear and Pain

We often get paralyzed by anticipated pain. We become fearful and avoidant. It is often easier to anticipate failure than success and there are times when in the short run we will fail more than we will succeed but whoever told you life was a 10 second sprint was lying. It is a marathon…an ultra,Continue Reading

The Neglect of Calling and Neurotic Faith

I can’t remember hearing much about calling growing up. The older I have gotten the more I have realized our need to have a biblical understanding of calling. It has been our neglect of this principles in Churches of Christ that has been a part of our own insecurity of our salvation. I don’t haveContinue Reading

Albert Einstein, Relativity and the Value of Making Complex Things Simple

There are a number of things I would like to increase my understanding of. One of those things is the theory of relativity. So I did what I normally do, picked up a book that seemed like the perfect book to answer these questions for someone who isn’t an expert. I purchased “Relativity: The SpecialContinue Reading

Christmas Grief

After all of the times I have recognized the need to be sensitive, that not everyone is celebrating the holy-days, this year was especially tough. Dad died last year on December 26th. It was the first Christmas without him. When your parent dies it feels like you got automatically registered for a special club thatContinue Reading

New Lesson Download – Acts and the Early Church

I do a lot of lesson writing and as I do I try to write them in a way that they can be re-used by others. So here is the latest lesson series uploaded to the site – Acts and the Early Church. This series attempts to connect various aspects of history (biblical and extraContinue Reading

Merry Christmas

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a great 2019! Thank you for reading this site and hopefully as well. We are looking forward to making 2019 a wonderful year, sharing more great content from a variety of writers, thinkers, and scholars. May God shower upon you His richest blessings as we turnContinue Reading

Four Major Factors for Anxiety in Churches of Christ

Have you ever felt a real sense of anxiety in our congregations? I think there are a few reasons for it and it is completely unnecessary. First, going back to my previous post, we have created a bar that must be jumped over but the bar is theoretical. It is the bar of the EstablishedContinue Reading


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