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Sunday Inspiration from Pray the Psalms

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Excerpt Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, so that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Psalm 90:14 Click here to read all of Psalm 90 Prayer What better way to begin a new day, […]

If I Had It To Do Over Again . . .

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Part 11 of series: Grace in the Rearview Mirror: A Pastoral Retrospective Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series I will be the pastor of Irvine Presbyterian Church for two more days. At the stroke of midnight on […]

A Philippian Attitude Adjustment

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Note: I’m not quite done with my series on Grace in the Rearview Mirror. There will be more tomorrow. It’s easy to feel upbeat about life when things are going your way. Opportunities at work + social standing + love […]

The Hardest Thing About Being a Pastor

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Part 10 of series: Grace in the Rearview Mirror: A Pastoral Retrospective Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In yesterday’s post I explained several things I found difficult about being a parish pastor: the difficulty of certain […]

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Why Did Jesus Have to Die? Conclusions
In this series on the death of Jesus, I have presented four different perspectives on why Jesus had to die: Roman, Jewish, Jesus’, and Early Christian. I believe that each of these points of view has merit, and that we cannot fully understand the necessity of Jesus’ death without taking them all

posted 2:47:39am Apr. 11, 2011 | read full post »

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

posted 2:30:03am Apr. 07, 2011 | read full post »


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