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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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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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Ode to Lent
A reflective and candid meditation for the season.... I pause now and want to lament The bad poetry I have written for lent But rhyming is just so tempting And easier than actually repenting                                     - Tom Lawson, 2014
A reflective and candid meditation for the season.... I pause now and want to lament The bad poetry I have written for lent But rhyming is just so tempting And easier than actually repenting                                ...
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Rhythm
Sometimes the message might be when there is no message. It is a shame Protestants, especially Evangelicals, give little thought to the liturgical seasons. The reality is that advent is four weeks of anticipation. A little four-week metaphor on longing for ...
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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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Does God Care about Ritualistic Worship?
Stephen Lawson* oversees a course in the history of Christian worship for The Consortium for Christian Online Education.   A student recently asked a good question in an online forum that many evangelicals ask.  The question, and Stephen's response, are wor...
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An Evolutionary Digression
I apologize for getting off topic. But, I just finished reading over yet another evaluation of the recent televised debate between Bill Nye and Ken Hamm. It was one of several reviews I have read recently that bring up the specter of the Scope trial (the so...
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World Without End: Unpacking a Perplexing Lyric
Try as I might, it's hard not to be a teacher.  So, with apologies for giving way to the
pedantic, I'd like to help explain a perplexing ...
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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 has taught in Christian higher education for 25 years, with a focus on the theology and history of Christian worship.  Tom, along with his wife Linda, serves on the faculty of Ozark Christian College (Joplin, Missouri, US).  

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


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  • Lafayete High School (Lexington)
  • Ozark Christian College
  • Cincinnati Christian Seminary
  • Abilene Christian University
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Thomas, Dr. Lawson, Wise One
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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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.
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