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Recently I listened to an internet-based talk show interview with a Bible scholar. The host of the program was earnestly contending for the truth. While I liked what I heard from the Bible scholar, the host-interviewer creeped me out a bit, not by what he said but by his manner. Not only was he melodramatic, he sounded smugly sure of himself. When I react negatively to someone who is concerned about theological discernment, I can't help but wonder how others react to my preaching, for my messages also seek not only to encourage, inform, and inspire in a positive way but also to divide truth from error.

At those times when I clearly call error error, do others perceive me as a "fundamentalist" on a crusade? As a self-appointed authority trying to police others? As insecure, angry, or arrogant?

I hope not. I want to be generous. I want to be humble.

But I also want to be good.

For several months I have been reading and rereading the Book of 1 Timothy, and one verse that has caught my attention—and ...

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