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April 2007 Archives

Our Loss . . . Heaven’s Gain

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Permalink for this post One of the great Christian leaders of our generation has died. Robert E. Webber went to be with the Lord last Friday, April 26, 2007, after a long struggle with cancer. I won’t overview Webber’s life […]

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Sunday Inspiration from Pray the Psalms

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Excerpt For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised. Psalm 96:4 Click here to read all of Psalm 96 Prayer Indeed, O God, You are great, and Your greatness calls forth praise: great praise, exuberant praise, continuous praise, […]

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Week in Review: April 22-27

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My Blogging Sunday: Sunday Inspiration from Pray the Gospels, Matthew 4:1-11 Monday: Handel’s Messiah: A Closer Look (cont) Tuesday: Sainthood, Service, and Suffering: An Introduction Wednesday: Why You’re Like Saint Truman Burbank Thursday: A Member of God’s Holy People Friday: […]

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Called to Holiness

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Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I explained that all Christians are saints, in the biblical sense of the word. All who put their faith in Jesus Christ have been set apart by […]

A Member of God’s Holy People

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Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I explained that every Christian, regardless of the quality of his or her discipleship, is a saint, a person set apart by God for His purposes. Each […]

Why You’re Like Saint Truman Burbank

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Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In the hit movie from 1998, The Truman Show, Jim Carrey plays the role of Truman Burbank, a happy-go-lucky insurance salesman who lives in the perfectly manicured town of Seahaven, “the […]

Sainthood, Service, and Suffering: Introduction

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Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Sainthood . . . service . . . suffering. What do these have to do with each other? What do they have to do with our hurting world? How can a […]

Handel’s Messiah: A Closer Look (cont)

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Part 3 of series: Handel’s Messiah and Easter Permalink for this post/ Permalink for this series (Note: I had originally intended for this post to appear last Wednesday, but the tragedy at Virginia Tech pre-empted my plans. Today I’m finishing […]

Sunday Inspiration from Pray the Gospels

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Excerpt from Matthew 4:1-11 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. Matthew 4:1 Click here to read all of Matthew 4:1-11 Prayer Dear Lord, the basic truth of this story […]

Week in Review: April 15-20, 2007

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My Blogging Sunday, April 15: Sunday Inspiration from Pray the Gospels Monday, April 16: An Unexpected Easter Masterpiece Tuesday, April 17: Handel’s Messiah: A Closer Look Tuesday, April 17: How Do We Respond to the Tragedy at Virginia Tech? Tuesday, […]

An Image to Remember from the Virginia Tech Tragedy

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Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Pictures of Cho Seung-Hui are now everywhere, thanks to NBC’s regretable decision to give the Virginia Tech shooter the publicity he desired. Even though I haven’t spent much time looking at […]

What Can We Learn from the Virginia Tech Tragedy?

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Permalink to this post Nothing can ever fully redeem the massacre at Virginia Tech. The tragic loss of so many lives is too great a price to be paid for any gain. But if we can learn from this terrible […]

Caring for People Who Are Grieving

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Permalink for this post  I want to say a few words about responding to people who are grieving. Most of us won’t have the opportunity to be personally involved with those who lost loved ones in the tragedy at Virginia […]

Resources for Thinking About Suffering and Evil

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Permalink for this post  In light of the tragedy at Virginia Tech, I thought it might be helpful to put up some resources for people who are looking for answers to the tough questions having to do with suffering, evil, […]

How Do We Respond to the Tragedy at Virginia Tech?

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Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series How do we respond to the unbearably tragic crisis at Virginia Tech? There are no simple answers. Our first responses are visceral: shock, horror, sadness, fear, grief. Thank God we aren’t […]

Handel’s Messiah: A Closer Look

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Part 2 of series: Handel’s Messiah and Easter Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I explained why Handel’s Messiah, a piece we ordinary associate with Christmas, is really an oratorio for Easter. Today […]

An Unexpected Easter Masterpiece

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Part 1 of series: Handel’s Messiah and Easter Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series I ended my last post by promising to discuss one further piece of Easter music. Today I begin to keep my promise. Recently […]

Sunday Inspiration from Pray the Gospels

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Excerpt from John 21:1-25 But there are also many other things that Jesus did; if every one of them were written down, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. (John 21:25) Click […]

Blogging Week in Review: April 9-13

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Permalink for this post My Blogging Monday: Is Easter a Ghost Story?Tuesday: Redesigned WebsiteWednesday: What is Easertide? Thursday: Eastertide: Fifty Days?Friday: Fifty Days of Easter: Some SuggestionsLinksHow a Christian Publisher Deals with Racism: Zondervan faces up to having recently published […]

Fifty Days of Easter: Some Suggestions

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Permalink for this post / Permalink for series – Easter: More Than Just a Day Note: This is an improved version of a post I wrote a couple of years ago. In my last post I began to answer the […]

Eastertide: Fifty Days?

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Permalink for this post / Permalink for series – Easter: More Than Just a Day Note: This is an improved version of a post I wrote a couple of years ago. In my last post I shared my personal discovery […]

What is Eastertide?

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Permalink for this post / Permalink for series – Easter: More Than Just a Day Note: This is an improved version of a post I wrote a couple of years ago. As a child, I liked Easter. Dressing up in […]

Redesigned Website

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Permalink for this post Today I’m launching my redesigned website. My hope is to make this site even friendlier and more functional for my readers (and bit friendlier for me too). Improvements: I’ve integrated WordPress software into my main site, […]

Is Easter a Ghost Story?

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The first part of an Easter sermon called “Ghost Story” Permalink for the sermon I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with ghost stories. As a boy, a part of me wanted to hear about ghosts and monsters and the like […]

The Fourteenth Station: Jesus is Placed in the Tomb

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Part 14 of series: The Stations of the Cross: A Devotional Guide for Lent and Holy Week Permalink for this post / Permalink for series Luke 23:50-54; Mark 16:1-4 Luke 23:50 Now there was a good and righteous man named […]

The Thirteenth Station: Jesus Dies on the Cross

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Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Part 13 of the series: The Stations of the Cross for Lent and Holy Week Luke 23:44-47 44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until […]

The Twelfth Station: Jesus on the Cross, His Mother, and His Disciple

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  Part 12 of series: The Stations of the Cross for Lent and Holy Week Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series John 19:25-27 25 Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s […]

The Eleventh Station: Jesus Promises His Kingdom to the Good Thief

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Part 11 of the series: The Stations of the Cross for Lent and Holy Week Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Luke 23:39-43 39 One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, […]

The Tenth Station: Jesus is Crucified

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Part 10 of series: The Stations of the Cross for Lent and Holy Week Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Luke 23:33-4, 47 23:33 When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified […]

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Sunday Inspiration from the High Calling
Can We Find God in the City? Psalm 48:1-14 Go, inspect the city of Jerusalem. Walk around and count the many towers. Take note of the fortified walls, and tour all the citadels, that you may describe them to future generations. For that is what God is like. He is our God forever and ever,

posted 2:05:51am Apr. 10, 2011 | read full post »

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 3
An Act and Symbol of Love Perhaps one of the most startling of the early Christian interpretations of the cross was that it was all about love. It’s easy in our day, when crosses are religious symbols, attractive ornaments, and trendy jewelry to associate the cross with love. But, in the first

posted 2:41:47am Apr. 08, 2011 | read full post »

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 2
The Means of Reconciliation In my last post, I examined one of the very earliest Christian statements of the purpose of Jesus’ death. According to the tradition encapsulated in 1 Corinthians 15, Jesus died “for our sins in accordance with the scriptures” (15:3). Yet this text doesn’t expl

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