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Amazed . . . and Wondering

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I just did something I’ve done many times before. It shouldn’t have been a big deal. I expect many of my readers will be unimpressed, and will wonder why I’m so amazed, and why I’m wondering. So let me try […]

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Sent in the Power of the Spirit

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Part 6 of series: The Mission of God and the Missional Church Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I showed that Jesus sent His followers into the world to replicate His own mission […]

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Sent by Jesus to Continue His Mission

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Part 5 of series: The Mission of God and the Missional Church Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last two posts I summarized the mission of Jesus. In a nutshell: 1. Jesus was sent by […]

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Memorial Day Gratitude

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(It is my Memorial Day tradition to put up something that suits the day. This post is similar to one I posted in 2005.) When I was young, Memorial Day was wonderful because it signified the beginning of summer. Even […]

Sunday Inspiration from Pray the Gospels

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Excerpt “And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” Luke 24:49 Click here to read all of Luke 24:44-49 Prayer Dear […]

Week in Review: May 20-25, 2007

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My Recent Blogging Sunday, May 20: Inspiration from Pray the Gospels Monday, May 21: Getting Older . . . What Goes Around Comes Around Tuesday, May 22: Mission Impossible? Wednesday, May 23: The Mission of God in the Old Testament […]

The Mission of Jesus, Part 2

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Part 4 of series: The Mission of God and the Missional Church Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Yesterday I began to summarize the mission of Jesus in light of the mission of God in the Old […]

The Mission of Jesus, Part 1

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Part 3 of series: The Mission of God and the Missional Church Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series If you were to ask the average Christian, “What was the mission of Jesus?” you’d no doubt hear that […]

The Mission of God in the Old Testament

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Part 2 of series: The Mission of God and the Missional Church Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series God created human beings so that we might have fellowship with Him and serve as faithful managers of His […]

Mission Impossible?

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Part 1 of series: The Mission of God and the Missional Church Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my early teenage years, nothing captured my imagination like the television classic, Mission: Impossible. Intricate plots, dire situations, […]

Getting Older . . . What Goes Around Comes Around

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In my last two posts I’ve shared some occasions on which I had to deal with the fact of my getting older, at least in appearance. When I was much younger I used to think of this as cool. I […]

Sunday Inspiration from Pray the Gospels

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Excerpt “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:29 Click here to read all of Matthew 11:25-30 Prayer O Lord, how […]

Week in Review: May 13-18, 2007

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My Recent Blogging Sunday, May 13: Inspiration from Pray the Gospels Monday, May 14: Hope in the Midst of Struggle and Suffering Tuesday, May 15: How to Begin Life as a Saint Wednesday, May 16: Getting Older . . . […]

Getting Older . . . Even at 38

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In yesterday’s post I told the story of how, on my fiftieth birthday, I had just completed a 4-mile run when a young man complimented me for doing that “at your age.” Sounds pretty bad, doesn’t it? Well, I’ve heard […]

Getting Older . . .

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Last week I had a momentous birthday. Most people would say that I turned 50. I’ve actually been saying that I just entered my sixth decade. Might as well milk getting older for all it’s worth. On the day of […]

Reflections on the Ministry of Jerry Falwell

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I just heard the news that Jerry Falwell has died. My first reaction is one of shock. Though I never met him personally, Rev. Falwell has been a fixture in my world for almost my whole adult life, or so […]

How to Begin to Live as a Saint

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Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series As I’ve explained earlier in this series, if you’re a Christian, then you’re a saint, a person set-apart by God for relationship with Him and to serve Him in the world. […]

Hope in the Midst of Struggle and Suffering

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Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I explained that Christian hope is focused in God and God’s future. It is not believing that everything in our lives will turn out as we’d like […]

Sunday Inspiration from Pray the Gospels

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Prayer “Neither is new wine put into old wineskins; otherwise, the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed; but new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.” Matthew 9:17 Click here […]

Week in Review: May 6-11, 2007

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My Recent Blogging Sunday, May 6: Inspiration from Pray the Gospels Monday, May 7: Suffering and Christian Fellowship Tuesday, May 8: God is With Us Even When We Suffering Because of Our Sin Wednesday, May 9: People of Hope in […]

The Content of Our Hope

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Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In yesterday’s post I wrote about how Christians live in the tension between the “already and not yet.” Though God’s kingdom has already begun to be present on earth, it is […]

Living in Hopeful Tension

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Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Yesterday I explained that Christians acknowledge the suffering and pain of this world, but live, nevertheless, with hope. Our hope is oriented to the future, when God will fully reveal His […]

People of Hope in a Hurting World

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Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Genuine, lasting hope is in short supply these days. Oh, you might hear some hopeful words from political candidates. And every now and then somebody suggests that things might be getting […]

God is With Us Even When We Suffer Because of Our Sin

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Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I began to explain how suffering draws us into deeper fellowship with other Christians, and even with God. Astoundingly, this is true even when we suffer as […]

Suffering and Christian Fellowship

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Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In recent posts I’ve talked about how living as saints–people set apart from this world for God and His purposes–can sometimes lead to suffering. Often, however, our suffering comes not as […]

Sunday Inspiration from Pray the Gospels

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Excerpt “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” Matthew 7:11 Click here to read all of […]

Week in Review: April 29-May 4, 2007

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My Recent Blogging Sunday, April 29: Sunday Inspiration from Pray the Psalms Monday, April 30: Our Loss . . . Heaven’s Gain Tuesday, May 1: In the World, But Not Of the World Wednesday, May 2: What Sainthood is Not […]

A Saintly Struggle

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Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I explained how living “saintly” or “set apart” lives can lead to conflict, even suffering. I cited the example of Jim and Donna, whose unwillingness to let […]

The Cost of Being a Misfit

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Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Jesus says that we who follow Him are to let our light shine into the world, so that people might see our lives and give glory to God. Shining the light […]

What Sainthood is Not

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Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Jon Krakauer is best known from his gripping portrayal of tragedy on Mt. Everest in his bestselling book, Into Thin Air. But Krakauer has written other engaging books, including Under the […]

In the World, But Not Of the World

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Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series So far in this series on Sainthood, Service, and Suffering, I’ve explained how Christians are called to be saints, that is, to be set apart from the world for God and […]

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Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 2
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