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Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Above All Gods READ Psalm 97:1-12  For you, O LORD, are supreme over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods. Psalm 97:9 In 1977, as the praise and worship wave was just beginning to crash on the […]

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An Unexpected Agreement on Church and Politics

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I’ve just finished reading a fine article in Christianity Today: “Carl Henry Was Right” by Richard J. Mouw. In this article is discovered that my views on the role of the church in partisan politics are largely the same as […]

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The Way of Jesus: When Good Confronts Evil

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Last Sunday I preached at Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas. A couple of days ago I blogged about this fine church. Today I’m putting up the text of my sermon. The biblical passage and title were given to […]

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Work and Works in Galatians

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It’s seems a bit ironic to look for a theology of work in Galatians when the book is so negative on the saving value of works. Yet we must not think that just because Paul rejected the efficacy of works […]

A Fine Church in Austin

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This past weekend I preached at Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas. The first thing that strikes one about that church is the striking view from the parking lot. Whether by day . . . or in the dimming […]

Reintroducing the Theology of Work Project

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Several months ago I introduced the Theology of Work Project. The context for this introduction was my having been invited to participate in one of their projects. As a building block in the formulation of a definitive statement of the […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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The Soul of Worship READ Psalm 95:1-11  Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the LORD our maker, for he is our God. We are the people he watches over, the flock under his care. Psalm […]

Something to think about . . . .

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I read an AP story this morning by Ted Anthony: “Quake Relief: The culture of now v. the real world.”  Anthony’s point is that there is a gap between people’s expectations for how quickly help shold come to the Haitian […]

On Snacking and Parenting

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I read a provocative piece in the New York Times today, “Snack Time Never Ends,” by Jennifer Steinhauer. Her basic observation (and gripe) has to do with the omnipresence of snacks for children. Here are a some excerpts: Not a […]

An Interesting Idea . . . What Do I Think?

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Yesterday I introduced Gospel Forth, a new website that’s devoted to raising money for Christian causes. It does so by having advertisers contribute money each time you visit a page on which their ad appears. So Gospel Forth promises to […]

An Interesting Idea . . . What Do You Think?

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I recently became aware of the Gospel Forth website. The stated purpose of this website is to raise money for Christian causes, without financial benefit to the website’s owner. This is the claim on the website. I do realize, of […]

Remembering MLK

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Over the years I’ve adopted certain traditions for my blog. For example, early in December you can count of some Advent-related blogging, and after my summer vacation I put up some of my best pictures. Last year I began a […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

posted by Mark D. Roberts

Mightier Than the Waves READ Psalm 93:1-5  But mightier than the violent raging of the seas, mightier than the breakers on the shore— the LORD above is mightier than these! Psalm 93:4 When I lived in Southern California, I occasionally […]

A Silly Sign?

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As I drive around on Texas highways, I keep seeing a sign that makes me raise my eyebrows with incredulity. It reads: OBSERVE WARNING SIGNS STATE LAW Now I’m all in favor of observing warning signs. But I have to […]

Inspiration from The High Calling

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The Jesus Prayer READ Mark 10:46-52 When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus of Nazareth was nearby, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Mark 10:47 As Jesus and his disciples journeyed near Jericho, a blind beggar […]

Links to TheHighCalling.org

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Links to the latest edition of The High Calling.org, a sister ministry of Laity Lodge. Work for God, Not for Money by Ed Gungor This may sound odd, but Christians are to work with an eye toward obedience—not toward a […]

Less-Than-Great Expectations

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When I was in high school, I was a member of the track team. I wasn’t the fastest sprinter or the best at long distances, but I served as a decent utility player, filling various roles as needed. During my […]

Local Wildlife

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Recently spotted in my back yard: Black vultures looking for breakfast. Recently spotted in my house: A contented, bored dog. (Photo: Nathan D. Roberts)

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

posted by Mark D. Roberts

Numbering Our Days READ Psalm 90:1-17 Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom. Psalm 90:12 I have chosen to use the New Living Translation (2nd ed.) of the Bible because it is […]

An Important and Sobering Report on the Lack of Religious Freedom in Our World Today

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A couple of years ago I became aware of tothesource when one of their journalists interviewed me about the reliability of the gospels. I was impressed by the quality of the conversation, and signed up to receive their weekly emails. […]

Rediscovering a Gospel Forgery? – The Detective Work of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts

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I just read a fascinating online article that I’d like to share with you. It chronicles a fascinating piece of academic detective work. It isn’t quite The Da Vinci Code, but it moves in the same domain. Before I give […]

Only in . . . California?

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If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that, upon occasion, I pause to marvel at the wonders of Texas. My “Only in Texas” series often includes tasty tidbits from the Boerne Star, my local newspaper. […]

Living Christmasly, Part 12

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Part 12 of series: Living Christmasly Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series READ 2 Corinthians 5:1-21 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life […]

Living Christmasly, Part 11

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Part 11 of series: Living Christmasly Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series READ 2 Corinthians 8:1-9 You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, […]

Living Christmasly, Part 10

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Part 10 of series: Living Christmasly Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series READ Galatians 4:1-7 But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to […]

Living Christmasly, Part 9

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Part 9 of series: Living Christmasly Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series READ Philippians 2:1-11  Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. […]

Living Christmasly, Part 8

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Part 8 of series: Living Christmasly Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series READ 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 12:27 How is […]

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Sunday Inspiration from the High Calling
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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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