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A Fantastic Video Clip

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I expect many of you have seen this clip of Jason McElwain, but if not, it’s well worth two minutes and eleven seconds of your time. Enjoy!

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A Postscript on Billy Graham

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Part 4 of series: The Inaugural Prayers of Billy Graham Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series As I wrap up this short series on the inaugural prayers of Billy Graham, I thought I might share a couple […]

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Billy Grahamâ??s Inaugural Prayers, Section 3

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Part 3 of series: The Inaugural Prayers of Billy Graham Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series If you read all four of Billy Grahamâ??s published inaugural prayers, you find some interesting continuities and discontinuities. I have already […]

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Billy Graham’s Inaugural Prayers, Section 2

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Part 11 of series: Rick Warren, the Obama Inauguration, and Praying in Jesus’ Name Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post, I began examining four prayers offered by the Rev. Billy Graham at presidential […]

Billy Graham’s Inaugural Prayers, Section 1

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Part 10 of series: Rick Warren, the Obama Inauguration, and Praying in Jesus’ Name Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Before I wrap up this series on inaugural prayers, I’d like to examine several prayers offered by […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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God is Thinking of You READ Psalm 8:1-9 [W]hat are people that you should think about them, mere mortals that you should care for them? Psalm 8:4 I can’t read Psalm 8:4 without remembering how it sounds in the older […]

“No God” Bus Signs

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The British Humanist Association is now putting advertisements on buses. They read: “THERE’S PROBABLY NO GOD. NOW STOP WORRYING AND ENJOY YOUR LIFE.” I’m not surprised that some British atheists believe there’s probably no God, or even that they’re willing […]

Examining Bishop Gene Robinsonâ??s Invocation

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Part 9 of series: Rick Warren, the Obama Inauguration, and Praying in Jesus’ Name Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Two days prior to the official inauguration of President Barack Obama, there was an opening event at […]

Praying for Barack

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Part 8 of series: Rick Warren, the Obama Inauguration, and Praying in Jesus’ Name Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Before I examine some inaugural prayers besides that of Rick Warren, I want to say something about […]

Warren Prays, Not in Jesusâ?? Name, but in Jesusâ?? Names

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Part 7 of series: Rick Warren, the Obama Inauguration, and Praying in Jesus’ Name Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Ya gotta hand it to Rick Warren. He always seems to have a surprise or two up […]

Should Rick Warren Say “In the Name of Jesus” at the End of His Inaugural Prayer? Section 2

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Part 6 of series: Rick Warren, the Obama Inauguration, and Praying in Jesus’ Name Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Yesterday I laid out the strongest case I could make against having Rick Warren say “in Jesus’ […]

Should Rick Warren Say “In the Name of Jesus” at the End of His Inaugural Prayer?

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Part 5 of series: Rick Warren, the Obama Inauguration, and Praying in Jesus’ Name Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series I began this series with the question: Should Rick Warren say “in the name of Jesus” (or […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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God is Thinking of You Psalm 8:1-9 [W]hat are people that you should think about them, mere mortals that you should care for them? Psalm 8:4 I can’t read Psalm 8:4 without remembering how it sounds in the older translations, […]

An Unsettling Price Tag

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While on vacation a few years ago, I saw the following price tag on the bottom of a souvenir mug: Now I don’t know whether to be worried about what they use in China to make mugs, or what they […]

Should Christians Say “In Jesus’ Name” at the End of Our Prayers?

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Part 4 of series: Rick Warren, the Obama Inauguration, and Praying in Jesus’ Name Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In this series I intend to answer the question of whether or not Rick Warren should say […]

What Does It Mean to Pray in the Name of Jesus? Section 2

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Part 3 of series: Rick Warren, the Obama Inauguration, and Praying in Jesus’ Name Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I showed that Jesus himself taught his followers to pray in his name. […]

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

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Part 2 of series: Rick Warren, the Obama Inauguration, and Praying in Jesus’ Name Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Note: This is a revised and expanded version of a previous post. Yesterday I raised the issue […]

More Ire to Come?

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Part 1 of series: Rick Warren, the Obama Inauguration, and Praying in Jesus’ Name Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series A recent AP news story featured this headline: “Warren’s inauguration prayer could draw more ire.” The implied, […]

More God, Less Time? Part 2

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On Saturday I put up a link to a fascinating article in the Los Angeles Times: “A closer, faster walk with thee.” This article provided many examples of Christians encouraging other believers to grow in their relationship with God by […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Set Apart . . . by God, for God READ Psalm 4:1-8 You can be sure of this: The LORD set apart the godly for himself. The LORD will answer when I call to him. Psalm 4:3 Throughout the Scripture, […]

More God, Less Time?

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A friend of mine (thanks, Don) pointed me to a fascinating article in the Los Angeles Times. It’s called, “A closer, faster walk with thee.” The writer, Duke Helfand, chronicles the growing tendency among American Christians to squeeze God into […]

Seeing With New Clarity

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I recently got a new pair of glasses. I hadn’t had my prescription for my glasses updated in a few years, so it was about time. As it turned out, my distance vision had improved, while my up-close vision had […]

Why Stay in a Sick Church?

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Over the past few years, I have at times weighed in on the question of why orthodox, Bible-believing Christians should stay in denominations that flirt with heresy or abandon biblical authority. In particular, I have spoken of my own involvement […]

Let It Flow Out: An Interview with N. T. Wright

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Last November, N.T. Wright spoke at a Laity Lodge retreat. I had the privilege to conduct an extensive interview with him on a wide variety of issues. Excerpts from this interview are now available at The High Calling of Our […]

Complaining About College Football

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Wherever I go these days, people are complaining about college football. This odd fact will make more sense if you know that I live in Texas and have recently vacationed in Southern California. Texas is, after all, the home of […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Serve the Lord READ Psalm 2:1-12  Serve the LORD with reverent fear, and rejoice with trembling. Psalm 2:11 Introducing a Change in Weekend Daily Reflections: Starting yesterday, I began to try something new in my Daily Reflections. During the week, […]

A Few More Scenes from the Rose Parade

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Yesterday I put up some pictures from my recent tour of the Rose Parade floats. I didn’t actually attend the parade, but rather observed the preparations for the parade. Here are a few more photos: Notice the amazing quantity and […]

Scenes from the Rose Parade

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Along with my family and some friends, I visited the Rose Parade on New Year’s morning. We didn’t actually sit along the parade route and watch the parade live. Rather, we got up extra early and toured the amazing floats […]

Happy New Year!

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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

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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,

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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 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

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