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Tom “DrTom” Lawson
Works at Ozark Christian College
Attended Lafayete High School (Lexington)
Lives in Webb City, MO
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Billl Maher and Tim Tebow are Right
One thing many of the so-called "New Atheists" are right about, and something they share with Tim Tebow, is that religion, by its very nature, cannot be left merely a matter of private and personal opinions. They belong in the arena of public discourse. Sin...
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The Doctrine of the Rapture: Keep it or Leave it Behind?
It is, frankly, outside the original intent of the blog to devote time to a doctrine like the Rapture.  It is certainly not directly related to worship.  And, as I note at the end, there are people on both sides of the issue who I feel honored to count as C...
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Toe Praise
In the early years of the twentieth century, missionaries
from the British “Brethren,” came into central and southern Africa.   Here, the Good News of Christ evoked
celebration and responses largely unknown to the stalwart and strict English
evangelicals.  ...
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The Gospel?
THE GOOD NEWS? Ask most evangelicals to define the "Good News" (or "Gospel") and you will likely get a quick and confident answer.  But, however much the common-sense everybody-knows-that definitions pour out of our mouths, it would do well to hold them up ...
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Martyrs and the Baffling Loss of Framework
The news of twenty-one Coptic Christians beheaded on a Libyan beach by Islamic radicals proclaiming their allegiance to ISIS is heartbreaking. It is also deeply troubling that, in the desire to remove religion from the discussion, the White House comment la...
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Racism and Dressing Up for Church
As the title suggests, this post will explore dressing up for Sunday worship and racism. Racism, I need to acknowledge at the outset, may not be exactly the right word, particularly if someone is thinking about a consciously malicious way of looking at peop...
As the title suggests, this post will explore dressing up for Sunday worship and racism. Racism, I need to acknowledge at the outset, may not be exactly the right word, particularly if someone is thinking about a consciously ...
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Labore est Adorate
"Work is worship." It's the often heard (although usually indirectly and generally not in Latin) clarion call of Protestant Evangelicals.  Doing good hard work is simply another way to worship.  Living a good life is worship.  Heck, let's just go ahead and ...
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What about the Babies?
Human lives are marked out and segmented through ceremony and ritual.  This is as true for the non-religious as the faithful.  It is rooted in our shared humanity, which is to say it is rooted in Eden, not Pentecost. Weddings.  Births.  Deaths.  School grad...
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The Downside of Exegesis
This is definitely  not  how early  Christians experienced the Word  It is no surprise that the cultures that were basking in the glow of the Enlightenment and the emerging disciplines of scientific research would be at the forefront of modern approaches to...
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Demythologizing Esther
Esther is a great story of redemption - one that comes about in a great crisis forced upon Esther. But, we often re-tell it as a Christian fairy-tale - one that equates her beauty with goodness (just like all fairy-tales seem to do). Of the course, the stor...
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I Don't Believe in a Hill Called Mount Calvary
While criticism of contemporary worship music is sometimes fully justified, I'm baffled that older gospel songs seem insulated from such scrutiny.  The truth is hymns, gospel songs, and contemporary worship music all have their fair share of either shallow,...
While criticism of contemporary worship music is sometimes fully justified, I'm baffled that older gospel songs seem insulated from such scrutiny.  The truth is hymns, gospel songs, and contemporary worship music all have the...
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Paper (PDF Downloadable): Finney and the Displacement of the Eucharist
Link to downloadable PDF of the paper Who Moved the Table? Charles
Finney and the Displacement of the Eucharist in Stone-Campbell Chur ches Ch a rles Grandison Finney (1792-1875) was the first American
superstar of th e n ineteenth century.  In
the fifty y...
Link to downloadable PDF of the paper Who Moved the Table? Charles Finney and the Displacement of the Eucharist in Stone-Campbell Churches Charles Grandison Finney (1792-1875) was the first American superstar o...
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Professor (New Testament, History, Worship)
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  • Ozark Christian College
    Professor of Bible and Worship, present
  • Kentucky Christian University
  • North Syracuse Christan Church
  • Christ In Youth, Inc.
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Webb City, MO
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Lexington, KY - Grayson, KY - Lexington, KY - Appalachia, VA - Keokee, VA - North Syracuse, NY - Broken Arrow, OK - Cincinnati, OH - Rawhide, VA
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Introduction

Adorate.org is a blog written by Dr. Tom Lawson. 

Tom Lawson has served as a teacher in higher education for more than 25 years. With his wife, Linda, he is on the faculty at Ozark Christian College in Joplin, Missouri (USA).  Throughout his entire career, he has focused on Christian worship, its history and theology.  He also currently teaches courses in church history and the Epistle to the Romans.

You may contact Tom by emailing him at: lawson.tom@occ.edu


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Four children. Ten grandchildren (with two more due in September).
Education
  • Lafayete High School (Lexington)
  • Ozark Christian College
  • Cincinnati Christian Seminary
  • Abilene Christian University
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My California Tour
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I arrived Wednesday evening, and Dr. Joseph Grana picked me up from LAX and navigated the freeway traffic down to Fullerton, where the schoo

Not Skeptical, Not a Pollyanna
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Sometimes I have tried to analyze my tendency to bounce between being Pollyanna on the one extreme and cynical and skeptical on the other. I

We're All in Transition!
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My friend Alan Ahlgrim sends an e-newsletter each week to members of his congregation and anyone else who would like to get it. Alan is an e

Learning a New Rhythm
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"What's it like to edit a monthly instead of a weekly?" More than one person has asked me that, now that our first monthly issue of Christia

From Our Neighborhood To Yours
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I saw a banner the other day outside a church building located along the freeway as I made my way to the other side of town, advertising 'Ev

How To Make God's Word Live
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Unless you're one of us already, you'll probably never break down the various nuances of meaning contained in some Hebrew word found in the

All's Well That Ends Well
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Everyone was on time to load the van this morning at 10:30, and the van was there, too. Just one problem. There was no way all the luggage f

Brazil This Summer, Italy and Greece Next Summer
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Today I handled a few details related to the Brazil trip that begins next Tuesday. This evening I wrote a letter to go with a brochure I'm m

What About Short-Term Missions?
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Today I tripped across three excellent articles that deserve a wide reading. I'm too tired and it's too late to organize my thoughts into a

I'm Tired, but Not Weary
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It's not easy to get a whole monthly issue together in one week. Of course managing editor Jim Nieman will be working the next two weeks to

Thank You, SO Much!
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So, maybe this will add fuel to the fire of some of the Christian Standard detractors on Facebook: the editor is a fan of TNT's hit series,

Making a Difference
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Our church's men's ministry asked me to emcee this morning's Dads Make a Difference seminar that met this morning 7:30-noon. About a hundred

First of all, this is not your typical Christian bookstore predominantly focusing on the latest Christian bestsellers and geared to casual readers. This bookstore focuses on a wide variety of what might be broadly called academic-level writings in fields such as theology, liturgical history, philosophy, and a host of others. It's 25,000+ volumes are drawn from major publishers all over the world. Most are in English, although a reasonable number of works in Latin, German, and so forth are also present. Not everything you'll find will be books, of course. But, even the so-called "gift items" differ from the typical figurines you see at other religious bookstores. High quality icons, many kinds of crosses and crucifixes, and oversize "coffee table" books abound. This is certainly the finest theological bookstore I have happened across in more than 30 years of work in higher education. One question that seems to always come up is why is it in Wichita, Kansas (rather than near one of the major seminaries or theological graduate programs in the country)? The answer, it would seem, is simply that Wichita is where the owners lived when they decided to create such a bookstore. A significant amount of their business is done through the internet, which also explains why location is not as essential as it might have been twenty or thirty years ago.
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reviewed a year ago
Simply the best classic western-style barbecue in the area. Three grades of brisket (lean, medium, "moist" [more fat]), ribs, chicken, and some wonderful regular or hot sausage. The sauces provided are only average, but the quality of the smoked meats still makes this the best choice in this area for barbecue.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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