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The National Day of Prayer Controversy: Missing Something Cruical

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Once again, the National Day of Prayer is upon us, and once again, it comes in a whirlwind of controversy. This year, however, the typhoon has been augmented by a judge’s decision that the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional. […]

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Has the Church Lost the Younger Generation?

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A recent front-page story in USA Today caught my eye: “Survey: 72% of Millennials ‘more spiritual than religious.’” According to a survey produced by LifeWay Christian Resources, the vast majority of 18-to-29-year-olds are “really more spiritual than religious.” There is […]

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Thoughtfully Christian Reflections? Part 3

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When I talk about offering thoughtfully Christian reflections in this blog, I don’t mean to suggest that I’m the only one who seeks to do this. In fact, others who contribute to the Beliefnet blog conversation do this very thing […]

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Is PowerPoint the Enemy?

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I just finished reading an intriguing article in the New York Times: “We Have Met the Enemy and He Is PowerPoint” by Elisabeth Bumiller. Bumiller documents the omnipresence of PowerPoint in military briefings as well as the growing disdain for […]

Thoughtfully Christian Reflections? Part 2

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Yesterday, I began explaining the subtitle for this blog: “Thoughtfully Christian Reflections on Jesus, the Church, and the World.” Here’s the executive summary: In this blog, I will write “reflections” that are not polished treatises so much as “ponderings, musings, […]

Thoughtfully Christian Reflections?

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When people see the main title of my blog, “Mark D. Roberts,” they pretty quickly figure out that this is my name. I admit that it’s not a very catchy title for a blog, but it’s the one I chose […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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The Lord Is for Me READ Psalm 118:1-29   The LORD is for me, so I will have no fear.     What can mere people do to me? Psalm 118:6 Psalm 118 was written in the context of hostility. The unnamed psalm […]

Blubonnets!

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Texans love their bluebonnets, and I can see why. This year, with lots of rain in the Hill Country, we’re enjoying a parade of bluebonnets, though I’ve been told that they can be even better than this. Bluebonnets are, in […]

What’s Your Favorite Chocolate?

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Yesterday I blogged on what I believe to be the best chocolate in the world. Now I realize that judgments likes this are rather subjective. And I’d be more than happy to be introduced to an even better chocolate! So, […]

The Best Chocolate in the World?

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I am a chocolate fan. You might even say I’m a chocoholic, expect I try hard to eat chocolate in moderation. Some of my favorite chocolates come from Europe (Valrhona) and South America (Chuao), but I think the best chocolate […]

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Things You Don’t See Every Day . . .

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On a recent trip to California, where I was speaking at a retreat at Mt. Hermon Christian Conference Center, I saw a couple of unusual sights. The first was a Banana Slug. If you haven’t seen one of these before, […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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A Sacrifice of Thanksgiving READ Psalm 116:1-19   I will offer you a sacrifice of thanksgiving     and call on the name of the LORD. Psalm 116:17 Psalm 116 celebrates God’s goodness. The psalmist has experienced God’s grace in manifold expressions. God […]

Evangelism and Social Justice: Newest Cross Examinations Discussion Posted

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The second installment of the Cross Examinations conversation has just been posted at Patheos.com. The latest question is: “The nature and import of social justice ministry has been attacked and debated frequently in recent weeks.  To approach the issue constructively: […]

A Thriving Church in a Great City . . . Why? Part 4

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So for in this series I’ve described the worship service I attended last month at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. I also examined the sermon preached by Tim Keller. If you read these posts, you know that I […]

A Thriving Church in a Great City . . . Why? Part 3

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In yesterday’s post I began to describe my experience of Tim Keller’s preaching at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. Today I’ll give a summary of the sermon I heard, along with some observations. The sermon I heard on […]

A Thriving Church in a Great City . . . Why? Part 2

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A couple of weeks ago I began a short series in response to a spring-break trip to New York City, in which my family and I visited Redeemer Presbyterian Church. As I explained in my first blog post in this […]

Sure Signs of Spring at Laity Lodge

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Here are some sure signs of spring at Laity Lodge. I took this photos this past weekend. Laity Lodge along the Frio River Claret Cup Cactus (sometimes called Hedgehog Cactus) Swallowtail butterfly on a Praire Verbena (sometimes called Dakota Vervain)

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Tremble! READ Psalm 114:1-8   Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,     at the presence of the God of Jacob. Psalm 114:7 One Saturday morning when I was a teenager, my friend Mike and I rode our bikes to […]

Tod Bolsinger Offers Wise Insights on Pastors and Their Souls

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A couple of days ago I posted excerpts from a recent letter of John Piper to his congregation. In this letter, Piper explains in strikingly honest terms that he is taking an eight-month leave of absence from his pastoral duties […]

Now That’s What I Call a Mascot!

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Today as I was driving to work I saw a bus from St. Mary’s University. This highly-regarded university, situated in San Antonio, was founded in 1852 and is the oldest Catholic university in the Southwest. I’ve been familiar with St. […]

A Christian Leader Opens His Heart and Sets an Example for Us

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I learned today that John Piper, Pastor for Preaching and Vision of Bethlehem Baptist Church, prolific author, and one of our nation’s most influential Christian leaders, is taking an eight-month leave from his work as a pastor, writer, and speaker. […]

A Surprising Easter Tradition

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Most of our traditional Easter practices happen on Easter Sunday: going to church with family, a sunrise service, a special dinner, wearing fancy spring dresses, hunting for eggs, and so forth. In church, we sing music reserved for Easter, hymns […]

Five Reasons to Love Spring

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In my adult years, I have come to enjoy flowers. When I lived in Irvine, I would always plant flowers at about this time of year: Impatiens, Begonias, etc.  Things are different now. My yard in Texas is considerably more […]

God’s Resurrection Power for Us!

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READ Ephesians 1:19-23 I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of […]

The Seven Last Words of Christ for Holy Week: The Seventh Word

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READ Luke 23:44-56  “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands.” Luke 23:46 Two of the last seven “words” of Jesus were quotations from the Psalms. Earlier Jesus had used Psalm 22, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned […]

The Seven Last Words of Christ for Holy Week: The Sixth Word

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READ John 19:19-30 “It is finished.” John 19:30 I never saw a more difficult film to watch than Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ. For most of that movie, I wanted to avert my eyes. It was horrible to […]

What Kind of Theological Renewal Does the Evangelical Church Need Most?

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The Evangelical Portal of the Patheos website is featuring a new conversation called the Cross Investigations Group. Here’s how Patheos describes this endeavor: The Cross Investigations series encourages pastors, professors, authors, and bloggers to explore questions of import to the […]

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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
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 ...

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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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