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Mark D. Roberts

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September 2009 Archives

But Aren’t There Some Aspects of Church That Are Necessarily Physical? Section 1

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Part 5 of series: Is Online Church Really Church? Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I presented two arguments in support of the notion of online church. My main point was that, since […]

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Whole Church: Leading from Fragmentation to Engagement, by Mel Lawrenz

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Today I’m pleased to be part of a blog tour for pastor and author, Mel Lawrenz. Mel has just published a fine new book called Whole Church: Leading from Fragmentation to Engagement. This book has much to offer for church […]

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Making a Case for Online Church

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Part 4 of series: Is Online Church Really Church? Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series It seems to me that in certain circumstances online church allows people who would otherwise be unable to do so to connect […]

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Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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A Time of Favor READ Psalm 69:1-36  But I keep praying to you, LORD, hoping this time you will show me favor. In your unfailing love, O God, answer my prayer with your sure salvation Psalm 69:13 Psalm 69 is […]

What is Online Church?

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Part 3 of series: Is Online Church Really Church? Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Online church, sometimes called virtual church, is church mediated through the Internet, and it can contain a variety of modes. The basic […]

Words to Weigh: From Batman Begins

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In know Batman Begins isn’t new,  but when I watched it again recently, I was struck by words uttered first by Rachel Dawes (Katie Holmes) and then mirrored by Batman/Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale). (Photo: Katie Holmes as Rachel, talking with […]

How the Internet Helped My Church and My Ministry, Section 2

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Part 2 of series: Is Online Church Really Church? Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post in this series, I described some ways that the Internet had helped Irvine Presbyterian Church and my ministry […]

Michael Card’s New Book Just Out

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This last weekend we were pleased to welcome Michael Card back to Laity Lodge. Michael, as you probably know, is a highly-regarded Christian singer/songwriter. Among his best known favorites are “El Shaddai,” “Immanuel,” and “Joy in the Journey.”  Michael has […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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God’s Shining Face READ Psalm 67:1-7  May God be merciful and bless us. May his face smile with favor on us. Psalm 67:1 The New Living Translation of Psalm 67:1 speaks of God’s face smiling with favor on us. This […]

How the Internet Helped My Church and My Ministry, Section 1

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Part 2 of series: Is Online Church Really Church? Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In this series, I want to examine the thesis that online church is really church. More specifically, I want to consider whether […]

Is Online Church Really Church? Introduction

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Part 1 of series: Is Online Church Really Church? Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In yesterday’s post I reviewed some of the highlights of the recent Christian Web Conference at Biola University. In this post I […]

Christian Web Conference: A Review

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Last week I participated in the Christian Web Conference at Biola University in La Mirada, California. I represented The High Calling of Our Daily Work, a sister ministry of Laity Lodge, which helped to sponsor the conference. The CWC is […]

Addicted to Facebook? Part 2

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Yesterday I put up some excerpts from a study published by Gordon College. It found that a significant number of Christian college students report “several negative consequences” from their electronic activities. 12.7% of students report that they cannot stop using […]

Addicted to Facebook?

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Here are some excerpts from a new release that we just published by Gordon College, an evangelical Christian college in Massachusetts: When they’re not sending text messages or tweets, today’s Christian college students are spending time on Facebook. A lot […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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The Hillsides Blossom with Joy READ Psalm 65:1-13  The grasslands of the wilderness become a lush pasture, and the hillsides blossom with joy. Psalm 65:12 As I reflect on Psalm 65:12, my mind envisions the lush wilderness “pastures” of Montana. […]

Inspiration from The High Calling

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Shirking Responsibility READ Exodus 32:15-29  “So I told them, ‘Whoever has gold jewelry, take it off.’ When they brought it to me, I simply threw it into the fire—and out came this calf!” Exodus 32:24 Exodus 32 reveals that the […]

Newsbreak: American Idol Gets a Shot in the Arm

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Today the producers of American Idol announced that talk-show-host and comedienne Ellen Degeneres will permanently fill the role of judge, taking the position that had belonged to Paul Abdul. Now this is news for American Idol fans, several of which […]

Work and Prayer in Nehemiah 1

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Part 5 of series: A Theology of Work in Ezra and Nehemiah Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In the Old Testament book of Nehemiah, chapter 1 introduces the main character and sets up the story of […]

Introduction to Nehemiah

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Part 4 of series: A Theology of Work in Ezra and Nehemiah Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Last week I introduced the Theology of Work Project (TOWP). I explained the vision of this project and my […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Fat and Fatness READ Psalm 63:1-11 You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy. Psalm 63:5 Psalm 63:5 is one of those verses that doesn’t sound as inviting when it’s translated literally. […]

More items from the local police blotter . . . .

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From the Boerne Star: Aug 23 1000 block of Adler Road, 4:37 p.m., A man reported that someone in the area fired a rifle in the air and the bullet came down through the caller’s roof. No injuries were reported. […]

Recommendation: Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

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Okay, okay, this book has been around since 2001. I’m sure many of my readers have read Peace Like a River and loved it. But if you haven’t read it, I want to bring it to your attention. This is […]

A Theology of Work in Ezra?

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Part 3 of series: A Theology of Work in Ezra Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series If you’re just now joining this series, let me say that I’m doing some blogging on a theology of work in […]

An Introduction to Ezra

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Part 2 of series: A Theology of Work in Ezra Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series The Old Testament book of Ezra was originally the first part of one continuous work that included the book we call […]

Introduction: Reading with an Agenda

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Part 1 of series: A Theology of Work in Ezra Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Yesterday I introduced a project to which I will soon be contributing, the Theology of Work Project (TOWP). This effort includes […]

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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

posted 2:47:39am Apr. 11, 2011 | read full post »

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,

posted 2:05:51am Apr. 10, 2011 | read full post »

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

posted 2:30:03am Apr. 07, 2011 | read full post »

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