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Great Expectations . . . The Musical

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A couple of days ago I saw Great Expectations: The Musical. It was performed at the Boerne Community Theatre by the Teen Troupe. Now I might have seen this musical simply because Great Expectations is one of my favorite novels, […]

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Scot McKnight on Laity Lodge

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My last couple of posts focused on Scot McKnight in light of his recent visit to Laity Lodge. Today I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Scot blogged on Laity Lodge. I want to highlight his post, not only because […]

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Scot McKnight: The Blue Parakeet

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Yesterday I described Scot McKnight’s recent visit to Laity Lodge. Today I want put up a brief review of his latest book, The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible (Zondervan, 2008). Initially, the most striking thing about The […]

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Scot McKnight at Laity Lodge

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Part 1 of series: Sharing Laity Lodge: 2009 Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series This past weekend we were pleased to host Scot McKnight at Laity Lodge. Many of my readers will be familiar with Scot because […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Finally, I Confessed READ Psalm 32:1-11  Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.” And you forgave me! All my guilt […]

Another Reason I Love Spring

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My daughter and my dog enjoying a spring afternoon . . .

Opposing Views: An Intriguing New Website

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I’ve recently become aware of a new website called Opposing Views. The headline of this site identifies it as in Beta mode, so I assume it’s very much a work in progress. The main point of Opposing Views is . […]

Another Way of Doing Business

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I was in Seattle this week for meetings at Seattle Pacific University. Several of us who are associated with Laity Lodge got together with SPU faculty from various disciplines: business, economics, organizational psychology, theology, brain science, and marriage and family. […]

Unfashionable by Tullian Tchividjian, Part 3

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Today I’m finishing my review the book Unfashionable by Tullian Tchividjian. As I did yesterday, I will quote portions of the book and then add my comments. “God’s ultimate purpose for Christians is not to bring them out of this […]

Unfashionable by Tullian Tchividjian, Part 2

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Today I’m continuing the review I began yesterday of the book Unfashionable by Tullian Tchividjian. My plan is to quote portions of the book and then add my comments. This way you’ll hear Tullian’s own voice as well as mine. […]

Unfashionable by Tullian Tchividjian

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Today I’m participating in the “blog tour” for Unfashionable: Making a Difference in the World by Being Different, by Tullian Tchividjian. First, I’d like to introduce the author. I had not heard of Tullian Tchividjian until March 19, 2009.  On […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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The Roller Coaster of Genuine Faith READ Psalm 30:1-12 You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy. Psalm 30:11 My children like to ride roller coasters. So, […]

When in Tulsa . . .

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Recently I was out and about in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I visited this fine city for the first time in order to preach in the chapel of the First Presbyterian Church of Tulsa and give a luncheon lecture. I was most […]

I Love Spring!

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My mother and my dog enjoy a spring afternoon in Texas . . . . A Redbud tree blooming at Laity Lodge . . . . Thank you, Lord, for springtime!

Check Out The Divine Commodity by Skye Jethani

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When I was asked to participate in the blog tour for Skye Jethani’s new book, The Divine Commodity: Discovering a Faith Beyond Consumer Christianity, I had mixed feelings. I do think it’s essential for Christians (including me) to discover a […]

Easter Reflections

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Recently Ben Witherington III spoke at a Laity Lodge retreat. Ben, as you may know, is a leading New Testament scholar with impressive credentials. (When I printed his list of publications from his website, it took ten pages!) Ben also […]

Vintage 21 Hosts Advance: Resurgence of the Local Church

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I’ve been asked by the folks at Vintage 21, a church in Raleigh, North Carolina, to put in a good word for their upcoming conference: Advance: Resurgence of the Local Church. Here’s their vision for the conference: Christ promises to […]

The Stations of the Resurrection!

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Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed! Yes, I know Easter Sunday was yesterday. But, for Christians throughout the world, Easter is not just a day, but a 50-day season, beginning with Easter Sunday and continuing to Pentecost. So today […]

The Stations of the Cross: An Easter Postscript

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Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed! So Christians have proclaimed for centuries on Easter morning, as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. (Photo: A painting of the resurrection of Christ by Matthias Grünewald, c. 1515. I changed the shape […]

The Fourteenth Station: Jesus is Placed in the Tomb

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Copyright © Linda Roberts, 2007. For permission to use this picture, please contact Mark D. Roberts Luke 23:50-54; Mark 16:1-4 Luke 23:50   Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph, who, though a member of the council,  51 […]

The Thirteenth Station: Jesus Dies on the Cross

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Copyright © Linda Roberts, 2007. For permission to use this picture, please contact Mark D. Roberts Luke 23:44-47 44   It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon,  45 while the sunâ??s […]

The Twelfth Station: Jesus on the Cross, His Mother, and His Disciple

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Copyright © Linda Roberts, 2007. For permission to use this picture, please contact Mark D. Roberts John 19:25-27 25 Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary […]

The Eleventh Station: Jesus Promises His Kingdom to the Good Thief

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Copyright © Linda Roberts, 2007. For permission to use this picture and/or others in this series, please contact Mark D. Roberts Luke 23:39-43 39   One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, “Are you not […]

The Tenth Station: Jesus is Crucified

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Copyright © Linda Roberts, 2007. For permission to use this picture and/or others in this series, please contact Mark D. Roberts Luke 23:33-4, 47 23:33 When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there […]

The Ninth Station: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem

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Copyright © Linda Roberts, 2007. For permission to use this picture and/or others in this series, please contact Mark D. Roberts Luke 23:27-31 27 A great number of the people followed him, and among them were women who were beating […]

The Eighth Station: Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus to Carry His Cross

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Copyright © Linda Roberts, 2007. For permission to use this picture and/or others in this series, please contact Mark D. Roberts Luke 23:26 As they led him away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming from the […]

The Seventh Station: Jesus Takes Up the Cross

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Copyright © Linda Roberts, 2007. For permission to use this picture and/or others in this series, please contact Mark D. Roberts Mark 15:20 After mocking him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. […]

The Sixth Station: Jesus is Scourged and Crowned with Thorns

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Copyright © Linda Roberts, 2007. For permission to use this picture and/or others in this series, please contact Mark D. Roberts Luke 22:63-65; John 19:2-3 Luke 22:63 Now the men who were holding Jesus began to mock him and beat […]

The Fifth Station: Jesus is Judged by Pilate

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Copyright © Linda Roberts, 2007. For permission to use this picture and/or others in this series, please contact Mark D. Roberts Luke 23:13-25 13 Pilate then called together the chief priests, the leaders, and the people, 14 and said to […]

The Fourth Station: Peter Denies Jesus

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Copyright © Linda Roberts, 2007. For permission to use this picture and/or others in this series, please contact Mark D. Roberts Luke 22:54-62 54 Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest’s house. But […]

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