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Amazon.com Responds

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Amazon.com responded to my complaint about the inappropriate promotional email (see yesterday’s post). They get credit for responding, especially since it looks like a human being actually was involved here. Gopi N’s response was pretty much boilerplate, and didn’t respond […]

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Oops! Amazon.com Makes a Big Mistake [or, Strange Book Bedfellows, Part 1]

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  Warning: Parents, this post is inappropriate for children. (Actually, it’s not really appropriate for anyone, but I think it’s worth posting anyway. Today I received a dozen or more emails from friends, including a comment from my mother, who […]

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Why I Donâ??t Say â??In Jesusâ??s Nameâ? at the End of a Civic Prayer

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Part 3 of series: Should Christians Pray “In Jesus’s Name” in Civic Gatherings? Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series When I have prayed in civic gatherings, such as city council meetings or community luncheons, I have ended […]

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What Does It Mean to Pray in the Name of Jesus?

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Part 2 of series: Should Christians Pray “In Jesus’s Name” in Civic Gatherings? Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In several passages from the Gospel of John, Jesus instructs us to pray in his name. For example: […]

Praying â??In Jesusâ??s Nameâ? in Civic Gatherings: Introduction

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Part 1 of series: Should Christians Pray “In Jesus’s Name” in Civic Gatherings? Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Recently I was talking with a friend about praying in civic gatherings such as city council meetings or […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Sarah Laughed READ Genesis 18:1-12 So she laughed silently to herself and said, “How could a worn-out woman like me enjoy such pleasure, especially when my master—my husband—is also so old?” Genesis 18:12 In Genesis 17, when God revealed his […]

The Worst Bar-B-Q in Texas

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Texans love their Bar-B-Q. They don’t use “barbecue” to describe meat cooked on an outdoor gril, however. Rather, “barbecue” refers to various meats cooked with spices that enhance the flavor. And if you don’t think barbecue is a big deal […]

The Commercialization of Lent?

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Well, I never thought I’d see it. But, sure enough, somebody has figured out how to commercialize Lent. Amazing. Luby’s Cafeteria, founded in San Antonio, now based in Houston, is making a run at a Lenten promotion. As I was […]

James Arlandson Finishes Series on the Historical Reliability of the Gospels

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Dr. James Arlandson, my first guest blogger, has just finished an in-depth series on the reliability of the Gospels. James in a fine scholar and an excellent communicator. I’ve been proud to supply a platform for his work. His final […]

Scot McKnight on The Three Bears

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I was browsing around one of my favorite websites, Scot McKnight’s Jesus Creed, when, lo and behold, I found a post on “Three Bears of Reliability” of the Gospels. I was delighted to find that my book Can We Trust […]

Christian Voting

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In this season of voting, many Christians are weighing in on their preferences. Near my office in Kerrville, Texas, I noticed a church sign that uses the voting metaphor to encourage church attendance: Indeed, we do “vote” when we decide […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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The God Who Initiates READ Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am El-shaddai—’God Almighty’.’ Serve me faithfully and live a blameless life.” Genesis 17:1 In most pagan religions, human beings […]

Lily’s Hiding Place

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My cat found a good hiding place a couple of weeks ago: a bag from the Apple store. Do you ever feel like just crawling into a bag and hiding from life?

Some Links Worth Checking Out

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Tod Bolsinger of It Takes a Church has a helpful piece on icons and the Trinity. Check this out, especially if you’re inclined to be skeptical of the role if icons in spiritual life. Sometimes Ben Witherington, New Testament professor […]

You Know Youâ??re in a Small Town When . . . .

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From the police blotter of the Boerne Star News: January 7 100 block of First Street, 2:40 p.m., An officer was flagged down by a man who said he gave $900 to two men who said they were taking his […]

Gordon Fee on Rejoicing in the Lord

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Part 13 of series: Sharing Laity Lodge Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Recently Gordon Fee came to speak at Laity Lodge. He is now a Professor Emeritus of Regent College in Vancouver, Canada. Before retiring, he […]

Does John McCain Have a Secret Identity?

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A recent edition of the San Antonio Express-News contained a curious bit of information. The paper’s website was supposed to feature a column by George Will, in which he would explain how John McCain has rejected Republican principles. BUT, if […]

Pangs, Pain, Thorns, and Thistles

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Part 5 of series: Being the People of God Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post in this series, I began to explore the impact of sin on human relationships. Genesis 3 reveals that […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Doing the Right Thing READ Genesis 14:1-16 When Abram heard that his nephew Lot had been captured, he mobilized the 318 trained men who had been born into his household. Then he pursued Kedorlaomer’s army until he caught up with […]

Excellent Interview with Francis Collins

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My friend and colleague, Marcus Goodyear, has recently posted an excellent interview of Francis Collins on The High Calling.org. If you’re not familiar with Collins, he’s one of the world’s leading scientists and also an articulate Christian. Just to entice […]

Reflections on Fasting in Lent

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Permalink for this post I grew up hearing about Catholics fasting during the season of Lent. No meat on Fridays, only fish, which in my school cafeteria was something to be avoided at all costs. This always seemed to me […]

New Post on the Gospels

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Check out the latest entry by my guest blogger, James Arlandson. It’s called: “Similarities among John’s Gospel and the Synoptic Gospels”. This is an extraordinarily detailed and helpful piece. You may not check every cross reference today, but you’ll want […]

Lent: A Season of Preparation

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Permalink for this post Well, we survived another Super Bowl. This year’s game turned out to be an thrilling one, unless, of course, you’re a New England Patriots’ fan. Nevertheless, last Sunday evening we watched the culmination of years and […]

What is Ash Wednesday?

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Permalink to this post Many Christians, mostly Protestants and independents, had never given Ash Wednesday a thought until four years ago. Then, in 2004, Ash Wednesday became a huge day in American Protestant consciousness. Why? Because on that day Mel […]

Paradise Lost

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Part 4 of series: Being the People of God Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In recent posts I’ve been reflecting on the creation accounts in Genesis 1 and 2, looking for insights into what it means […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Whose Name Matters Most? READ Genesis 11:1-9  “Then they said, ‘Come, let’s build a great city for ourselves with a tower that reaches into the sky. This will make us famous and keep us from being scattered all over the […]

Cold in Texas

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One of the things I’m growing to like about Texas is the winter weather. During the months of December, January, and February, the weather in the Hill Country often dips below freezing. But it doesn’t stay there for weeks at […]

Creation, Take Two

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Part 3 of series: Being the People of God Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Genesis 1 begins with an account of creation, one that begins to define what it means to be the people of God […]

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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 ...

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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 ...

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