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March 2008 Archives

My Statement of Faith: Concluding Comments

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Last Thursday I put up my Statement of Faith, one I had written as a part of my examination to be recognized as a Presbyterian pastor in my new location. If you didn’t read it, you can find my Statement […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling.org

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Pray Toward Heaven and Row Toward Shore READ Genesis 32:13-23 Jacob stayed where he was for the night. Then he selected these gifts from his possessions to present to his brother, Esau: 200 female goats, 20 male goats, 200 ewes, […]

I Wonder How the Neighbors Liked That!

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So I’m sitting in my local Denny’s waiting for my lunch order to arrive. On the way in had I picked up one of those omnipresent real estate magazines you find in restaurants adjoining interstate highways. As I’m waiting, I’m […]

My Statement of Faith: Why Hymns and Songs?

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Part 3 of series: My Statement of Faith Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series When Presbyterian pastors or candidates for ordained ministry are being “checked out” theologically, their statements of faith usually take the form of six […]

My Statement of Faith

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Part 2 of series: My Statement of Faith Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father, There is no shadow of turning with thee; Thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail […]

My Statement of Faith: Introduction

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Part 1 of series: My Statement of Faith Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series As most of you know, I recently left my position as Senior Pastor of Irvine Presbyterian Church in order to become the Senior […]

You Know You’re in a Small Town When . . .

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Feb. 3 1200 block of S. Main Street, 12:30 a.m., Police pulled over a vehicle for driving recklessly. The driver said that he thought the vehicle in front of him was a bunch of kids so he was acting dumb. […]

Resources for Eastertide

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Eastertide? I hadn’t heard this word until I was well into my thirties. At that time I was the Senior Pastor of Irvine Presbyterian Church. My Director of Worship was a big believer in celebrating, not just Easter Sunday, but […]

Christ is Risen!

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  Reflection Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed! Christians confess that Christ is risen, not only in the hearts of the faithful, and not merely as some nice religious image, but truly and physically. On Easter morning the tomb […]

The Seventh Word: “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” (Luke 24:46)

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Permalink to this post / Permalink to this series Copyright © Linda Roberts, 2007. For permission to use this picture, please contact Mark D. Roberts. Reflection Two of the last seven “words” of Jesus were quotations from the Psalms. Earlier […]

The Sixth Word: “It is finished!” (John 19:30)

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Permalink to this post / Permalink to this series   Statue from The Stations of the Cross, Serra Retreat Center, Malibu, California Reflection I never saw a more difficult film to watch than Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ. […]

The Fifth Word: “I am thirsty.” (John 19:2)

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Permalink to this post / Permalink to this series   Painting from a church in Taormina, Sicily Reflection No doubt Jesus experienced extreme thirst while being crucified. He would have lost a substantial quantity of bodily fluid, both blood and […]

The Fourth Word: “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” (Mark 15:34)

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Permalink to this post / Permalink to this series   So-called “God’s Tear” from The Passion of the Christ. Reflection As Jesus was dying on the cross, he echoed the beginning of Psalm 22, which reads: My God, my God, […]

The Third Word: “Dear woman, here is your son.” (John 19:26)

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Permalink to this post / Permalink to this series Copyright © Linda Roberts, 2007. For permission to use this picture, please contact Mark D. Roberts. Reflection As Jesus was dying, his mother was among those who had remained with him. […]

The Second Word: “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43)

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Permalink to this post / Permalink to this series Copyright © Linda Roberts, 2007. For permission to use this picture, please contact Mark D. Roberts. Reflection As Jesus hung on the cross, he was mocked by the leaders and the […]

The First Word: â??Father, forgive them, for they donâ??t know what they are doing.â? (Luke 23:34)

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Permalink to this post / Permalink to this series Copyright © Linda Roberts, 2007. For permission to use this picture, please contact Mark D. Roberts. Reflection It makes sense that the first word of Jesus from the cross is a […]

Americans on Sin, Part 3

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So far I’ve put up two posts (#1 and #2) on the recent Ellison Research study of American views of sin. Today I’ll wrap up with a few more observations. Differences According to Religious Perspectives Ellison distinguished different views on […]

Americans on Sin, Part 2

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In my last post I noted new survey results released by Ellison Research of Phoenix, Arizona. Ellison studied American views of sin (or something rather like sin, at any rate; see my last post for the distinction). I’m not going […]

Americans on Sin

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Ellison Research has just released a fascinating study of American views of sin. There is much to chew on in this study. Lots of grist for sermon mills, Bible studies, and cultural reflection. I’ll put some of my impressions of […]

Chuck Colson Visits markdroberts.com on His Blog Tour

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Welcome, Chuck, to markdroberts.com. I’m pleased to be able to interact with you about your fine new book The Faith. In case you missed it, I put up a positive review of your book yesterday. Now, on to the dialogue. […]

Chuck Colson’s Blog Tour: Seventh Stop

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Chuck Colson and Harold Fickett have just published a new book: The Faith: What Christians Believe, Why They Believe It, and Why It Matters (Zondervan, 2008). In order to promote this book, Chuck Colson is doing a “blog tour,” in […]

First Signs of Spring

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I love spring. There’s something about the reawakening of nature that sparks a reawakening in my own soul. When I lived in New England during my college and grad school days, I loved watching for the first signs of spring. […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling.org

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Trouble Brewing READ Genesis 25:19-28 Isaac loved Esau because he enjoyed eating the wild game Esau brought home, but Rebekah loved Jacob. Genesis 25:28 Once again, the blunt honesty of the biblical text commands our attention. Isaac and Rebekah had […]

Another Lenten Special

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A couple of weeks ago I put up a post on the commercialization of Lent. I was surprised by a sign for a restaurant that advertised a Lenten special. I don’t recall ever seeing such a thing in California. At […]

What Can We Do to Make Room for the Holy Spirit in Strategic Planning and Goal Setting: Section A

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Part 2 of series: Planning and Goals: Is There Room for the Holy Spirit? Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series As I explained yesterday, strategic planning can be perilous for Christians and Christian organizations. It can be […]

Planning and Goals: Is There Room for the Holy Spirit? An Introduction

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Can we make plans and formulate goals and still leave room for the Holy Spirit? Should churches and other Christian organizations have formalized processes for clarifying vision and setting goals? Can the Spirit of God speak to us in the […]

When Your Prayer Doesn’t Come Out Quite Right

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I recently received the following blog comment from Mark Goodyear of goodwordediting.com: Interesting series, Mark. Funny side story. My brother in law was the chaplain in his high school in the early 1990s. He was elected after a farcical Ferris […]

Strange Book Bedfellows, Part 4

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A few days ago I put up a post that responded to an unfortunate email promotion from Amazon.com. Because my books have been purchased by people who also purchased the excellent Christian books by Don Williams, the Amazon.com computer figured […]

Okay, Now I’m Getting Bugged . . . [Strange Book Bedfellows, Part 3]

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Last Thursday I blogged on a email promotion from Amazon.com to folks who had bought my books. Amazon was urging my readers to buy a book by Don Williams on sexual threesomes. No joke! I wasn’t scandalized by this, but […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling.org

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God Is With You READ Genesis 21:22-34 About this time, Abimelech came with Phicol, his army commander, to visit Abraham. “God is obviously with you, helping you in everything you do,” Abimelech said. Genesis 21:22 Abimelech, king of Gerar, appears […]

MUST-READ: “The 8 Marks of a Robust Gospel,” by Scot McKnight

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Scot McKnight, a New Testament scholar, popular author, and outstanding blogger, has just published a must-read article in Christianity Today. It’s called “The 8 Marks of a Robust Gospel,” and is part of The Christian Vision Project. I don’t know […]

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Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 3
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Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 2
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