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An Outstanding New Study Bible

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Iâ??ve just seen a copy of the newest study Bible. The ESV Study Bible, published by Crossway, is a work of excellence in both scholarship and beauty. Truly, I donâ??t know of any study Bible that shows such attention to […]

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Earl Palmer on Regarding Others as Better Than Ourselves

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Part 14 of series: Sharing Laity Lodge Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series This past weekend we had our annual Leaders’ Retreat at Laity Lodge. Earl Palmer was our main speaker, teaching four Bible studies on Philippians. […]

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Hit By a Wave of Nostalgia

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I expect you’ve probably had an experience like the one that engulfed me last week. It can come from visual cues, though it’s often stimulated by the sound of an old song or a distinctive smell. As I was driving […]

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Practical Questions and Answers About Life in the Body of Christ

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Part 12 of series: The Church as the Body of Christ Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series 1. I’m not currently connected to a church. How can I find a good church? There is no simple answer […]

Communion in the Body of Christ

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Part 11 of series: The Church as the Body of Christ Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series With this post I wrap up my series on the church as the body of Christ. So far I have […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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God’s Comfort READ Isaiah 40:1-2    “Comfort, comfort my people,” says your God. “Speak tenderly to Jerusalem. Tell her that her sad days are gone and her sins are pardoned. Yes, the LORD has punished her twice over for all […]

A Texas Bike Ride

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Recently my son and I went on a bike ride not far from our house in Boerne, Texas. It was a cool autumn afternoon. The skies were filled with marshmallow clouds as we road past small ranches in the Hill […]

Christian Unity: A Top Priority

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Part 10 of series: The Church as the Body of Christ Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Paul emphasizes the unity of the body of Christ in his letter to the Corinthians because that unity was threatened […]

Sharing Our Struggles and Successes Together

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Part 9 of series: The Church as the Body of Christ Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Yesterday I began to explore the implications of the fact that the church is the body of Christ: “If one […]

Hurting with the Hurting

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Part 8 of series: The Church as the Body of Christ Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Yesterday I explored one implication of the church as the body of Christ. According to 1 Corinthians 12, God has […]

All Parts of the Body in Ministry

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Part 7 of series: The Church as the Body of Christ Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I explained how the Apostle Paul uses the image of the body to describe the unity […]

We Are a Body Standing on Its Head

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Part 6 of series: The Church as the Body of Christ Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series So far in this series I’ve begun to explore what it means for the church to be the body of […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Learning from God’s Vengeance, Part 2 READ Isaiah 34:1-17 For it is the day of the LORD’s revenge, the year when Edom will be paid back for all it did to Israel. Isaiah 34:8 I want to spend another day […]

Texas Wildflowers

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Before I moved to Texas, I never associated this state with wildflowers. But now, after a year living in Texas, wildflowers are right at the top of my list when it comes to what I associate with my new state. […]

Diverse Yet United

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Part 5 of series: The Church as the Body of Christ Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In order to help the Corinthian Christians understand who they were as God’s people, the Apostle Paul used the image […]

Christian Fondue?

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Part 4 of series: The Church as the Body of Christ Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post in this series, I explained that the kind of individualism we see among American Christians was […]

Corinthian Individualism and Paul’s Response

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Part 3 of series: The Church as the Body of Christ Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series So far in this series on the church as the body of Christ, I’ve examined the behavior of the very […]

Lone Ranger Christianity

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Part 2 of series: The Church as the Body of Christ Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I began a blog series on the church as the body of Christ. I examined the […]

The Church as the Body of Christ: Introduction

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Part 1 of series: The Church as the Body of Christ Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series For the last three months I have been blogging about the distressing condition of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Yet, given […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Charging Ahead of God READ Isaiah 30:1-18  This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength. But […]

A Texas Surprise

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When I commute to and from work these days, driving about thirty minutes along Interstate 10 just outside of San Antonio, Texas, I keep seeing these giant trucks hauling giant white blades. This morning, for example, I saw four trucks […]

The PC(USA) and Church Property, Part 16

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Part 16 of series: The PC(USA) and Church Property Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Today I’ll finish this series on the PC(USA) and property. (Is that cheering I hear in the background?) I thought I’d review […]

The PC(USA) and Church Property, Part 15

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Part 15 of series: The PC(USA) and Church Property Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series As I’ve explained in two recent posts, on Thursday, June 26, 2008, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) approved Resolution […]

The PC(USA) and Church Property, Part 14

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Part 14 of series: The PC(USA) and Church Property Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In recent posts I’ve argued that the Presbytery of Eastern Oklahoma should allow the Kirk of the Hills to keep its property […]

The PC(USA) and Church Property, Part 13

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Part 13 of series: The PC(USA) and Church Property Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series On Friday I summarized a breaking story from the Tulsa World. After two years of litigation, the Presbytery of Eastern Oklahoma has […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Is Pride Always Wrong? READ Isaiah 23:1-18 The LORD of Heaven’s Armies has done it to destroy your pride and bring low all earth’s nobility. Isaiah 23:9 Once again, Isaiah condemns human pride. In Isaiah 22, the pride of a […]

Only in England . . . and Texas!

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Even those who have never made the trek to the English countryside outside of Salisbury will recognize Stonehenge. It is one of the world’s most famous historical sites. Scholars aren’t exactly sure what motivated the people who built Stonehenge. It […]

The PC(USA) and Church Property, Part 12

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Part 12 of series: The PC(USA) and Church Property Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series I ended yesterday’s post by promising to discuss another stunning move by the General Assembly in relationship to the church property issue. […]

The PC(USA) and Church Property, Part 11

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Part 11 of series: The PC(USA) and Church Property Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I summarized one action of the 2008 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA). The Assembly voted in […]

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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
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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