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How Happy Are You? Let’s Ask Twitter!

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The New York Times recently reported on a study that used Twitter to tell us how we’re feeling as a nation. “Tracking the National Mood” summarized research done by scholars from Northeastern and Harvard University. Their “Pulse of the Nation” […]

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Peacemaking in Families

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In my last post in this series, I spoke of the centrality of forgiveness in peacemaking. While I’m speaking of forgiveness, I want to say a word about peacemaking in families. Everything I have said about peacemaking in church applies […]

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Being Peacemakers in Church, Part 2

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If you are going to make peace within your church, you must “make every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit” (Eph 4:3). Church unity is not something you can take for granted, but it is something to be […]

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Is True Friendship Dying Away?

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This is the title of a USA Today opinion piece in today’s edition. The author, Mark Vernon, has recently published The Meaning of Friendship. Here are some excerpts from his article: Indeed, we might feel as if we are suddenly […]

Being Peacemakers in Church, Part 1

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Jesus said it bluntly: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” (Matt 5:9). Time and again the rest of the New Testament echoes his high regard for peacemaking: Let us therefore make every effort to […]

Peace Among People, Part 2

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In my last post I began to lay out some of the broader implications of Jesus’ life and death. He came to bring peace, not only between God and people, but also among people. Jesus Christ died on the cross […]

Peace Among People, Part 1

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Peace with God and peace within our souls do not exhaust the potentialities of peace through Christ. Scripture connects inner peace specifically to peace among people: “Let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: How Could God Be a Rock?

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Praise the LORD, who is my rock. Psalm 144:1 Psalm 144 begins with a call to praise the Lord, “who is my rock.” But what does mean to call God a rock? In what sense is the living Lord like […]

Flagrant Disobedience . . . Why?

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Every time I fly on a plane these days, I marvel at the flagrant disobedience of my fellow passengers. For some reason I don’t quite understand, many air travelers seem to think that they are somehow exempt from following the […]

Inner Peace Beyond Understanding

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Jesus promised to give his followers supernatural peace: I’m leaving you with a gift — peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn’t like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid (John 14:27). […]

Peace with God through Christ

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So far in this series I’ve shown how God intended his creation to be full of peace. This intention was broken but not destroyed when the first human sinned against God. Yet God had a plan to restore his shalom […]

The Peacemaking Mission of Jesus

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So far in this series I’ve shown that God created this world with the intention that it be full of peace. But human sin twisted God’s creation, so that brokenness now pervades that which God had intended to be so […]

Paradise Lost and Peace Destroyed

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I my last post I showed that peace, in biblical perspective, is closely related to the idea of paradise. God created the world as a place of peace: justice, harmony, fellowship. Through the end of Genesis 2, peace prevailed in […]

Paradise: A Vision of Peace

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I have seen Paradise . . . well, sort of. Let me explain. A few years ago my wife and I were camping in Kings Canyon National Park, a deep valley in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. On the […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: All I Really Want in Life

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READ Psalm 142:1-7   Then I pray to you, O LORD.     I say, “You are my place of refuge.     You are all I really want in life.” Psalm 142:5 I grew up in a family of four children. My brother, sisters, and […]

The LeBron Saga Continues . . . With “Quitness” Ale

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Well, it looks like Cleveland isn’t quite through pummeling LeBron James for abandoning their fair city to join the Miami Heat. Now, the Great Lakes Brewing Co. has released a new pale ale in honor of LeBron. It’s name? Quitness. […]

Seeking the Peace of Christ: Introduction

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This is the first part of a series I’m calling: Seeking the Peace of Christ: Christianity and Peacemaking. Peace is essential to Christianity. There can be no doubt about it. Consider, for example, these passages from the New Testament Gospels […]

The Language of Jesus: Why Does It Matter?

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If you’ve been following this series on the language(s) of Jesus, you know that I have argued that Jesus spoke Aramaic as his first language and in a substantial chunk of his teaching. I think it’s highly probable that he […]

Did Jesus Speak Greek?

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So far in this series, I’ve presented the case that Jesus spoke Aramaic as his first language and in a substantial portion of his teaching, especially when he was speaking with average people in Galilee, where Aramaic was the common […]

The LeBron James & Dan Gilbert Saga Gets Even More Interesting

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First, LeBron James made a very public, televised decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and join the Miami Heat. He did not inform the Cavaliers of his decision before it was televised to the waiting world. Then, Dan Gilbert, owner […]

Examining “the Biblical Truth” That Jesus Spoke Hebrew, Part 2

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In yesterday’s post, I began looking at a particular kind of argument for the position that Jesus spoke Hebrew. This argument is based on “biblical truth,” because it points to Acts 26:14, a text that reads in the ESV, “And […]

Examining “the Biblical Truth” That Jesus Spoke Hebrew

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For some Christians, the fact that Jesus spoke Hebrew is a matter of biblical truth. Therefore, any claim that he spoke Aramaic is not just a difference of opinion about history. It’s a threat to the very authority of Scripture. […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Remembering God’s Justice

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READ Psalm 140:1-13   But I know the LORD will help those they persecute;     he will give justice to the poor. Psalm 140:12 If I were to stand up in front of a group of Christians today and say, “God will […]

How to Be a Sore Loser

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I have been watching the LeBron James saga with some interest. You learn a lot about human nature from the people who live publicly. So LeBron chose to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and join the Miami Heat. He did this, […]

Did Jesus Speak Hebrew?

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Thirty years ago, when I was studying New Testament in graduate school, it was widely assumed that Jesus spoke Aramaic as his first language and taught in Aramaic. I can’t remember a conversation in which the possibility that Jesus spoke […]

Public Repentance

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Okay, I need to repent. A few days ago I put up some snide comments about airline food, suggesting that pretzels and peanuts hardly count as food. (You can tell I don’t fly first class.) But, yesterday, on a flight […]

Brobdingnagian and You’ve Got to Be Kidding!

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On a recent airplane flight to New York, I was checking out the SkyMall catalogue. I’ve never actually bought anything from Skymall, but I am sometimes entertained by its contents. This time was no exception. First, I was surprised to […]

Jesus and Aramaic in the Gospels

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The earliest manuscripts of the New Testament Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John – are written in Greek. Though a few scholars argue that Matthew first appeared in Hebrew or Aramaic, most believe that the four biblical Gospels were […]

What Language(s) Did Jesus Speak? The Circumstantial Evidence

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If we take the Gospel record at face value, and I believe we have good reason to do so, then Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea and spent his earliest years in Egypt. Then his parents returned to their […]

InterVarsity President Fears Implications of Supreme Court Ruling Against the Christian Legal Society

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Last week I commented upon a recent Supreme Court decision that supports the requirement of Hastings College of Law that all student groups be open to “all comers.” This means, in particular, that the Christian Legal Society chapter at Hastings […]

Fourth of July Memories

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When I lived in Irvine, California, my neighborhood had an annual Fourth of July parade and carnival. The parade included the children who lived nearby. They made floats from their bikes, trikes, and wagons. Then, with patriotic music blaring, they […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: God Will Work Out His Plans for My Life

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READ Psalm 138:1-8   The LORD will work out his plans for my life–     for your faithful love, O LORD, endures forever.     Don’t abandon me, for you made me Psalm 138:8 When life goes in directions we didn’t expect, and when those […]

Debating with Atheists? There’s an App for You

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An article in yesterday’s New York Times caught my eye: “You Say God is Dead? There’s an App for That.” The article describes the proliferation of PDA apps that are meant to help people debate religious truth. On the atheist […]

One Strange Bug!

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Last week while at Laity Lodge I ran into a Texas Walkingstick. Now that is one strange bug! The Megaphasma dentricus is the longest insect in the United States. The first one I saw (photographed below) had a body that […]

The Language of Jesus: Confession and Context

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In yesterday’s post, I explained that I was beginning a series that seeks to answer the questions: What language did Jesus speak? Why does it matter? Before I delve into these questions, however, I need to make a confession and […]

What Language Did Jesus Speak? Why Does It Matter? An Introduction

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Six years ago, people all of a sudden became interested in the language spoken by Jesus. The occasion for this burst of curiosity was the release of Mel Gibson’s film, The Passion of the Christ. Although responses to this movie […]

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