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What Love Is All About, Part 2

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The specific problem to which 1 Corinthians 13 was addressed concerned the behavior of some Corinthian Christians in the common gatherings and the attitudes attached to that behavior. In a nutshell, some of the Corinthians got very excited about their […]

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What Love Is All About: Realism Beyond Romance

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I’ll confess to being a softy when it comes to romantic things. I’m not necessarily good at thinking them up and doing them, mind you, but I’m an appreciative observer. I’m a sucker for a romantic film, even a corny […]

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Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Why Do We Praise the Lord?

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READ Psalm 96:1-13   Great is the LORD! He is most worthy of praise!     He is to be feared above all gods. Psalm 96:4 There are many reasons to praise the Lord. Scripture repeatedly calls us to do it, so we […]

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Déjà vu!

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Here are three pictures of my son, Nathan, and his cousin, Dustin, on family vacations. Do you get a sense of déjà vu? Wading in Deep Creek, in the San Bernardino Mountains of California, April 2002. Diving into the Stanislaus […]

How NOT to Solve Conflicts Among Christians, Part 2

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Yesterday I examined a passage from 1 Corinthians 6, which instructed Christians to avoid solving their problems in secular court. Let me quote that text again before suggesting some practical implications. When you have something against another Christian, why do […]

How NOT to Solve Conflicts Among Christians

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My friend “Jeff” was the pastor of a church in Southern California. He and I became friends because we shared many of the same challenges as well as the same basic faith in Jesus Christ. I always liked Jeff because […]

How to Think About Christian Leaders? Part 2

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In yesterday’s post, I examined 1 Corinthians 3:5-9, considering its implications for how we think about church leaders. I closed by admitting that sometimes it is not easy for a pastor or other leader to seek God’s glory, especially when […]

How to Think About Christian Leaders?

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During my years as Senior Pastor of Irvine Presbyterian Church, every once in a while I’ll hear somebody refer to the church as “Mark’s church.” Though I understood the shorthand, nevertheless it grated on my soul like fingernails on a […]

What is the Church?

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In my last post I worked with the question: “Whose church is it?” The answer from 1 Corinthians is clear. The church is God’s church. The church is the creation and “property” of the triune God. Acknowledging this means that […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Toss Your Burden on the Lord

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READ Psalm 55:1-23   Give your burdens to the LORD,     and he will take care of you.     He will not permit the godly to slip and fall. Psalm 55:22 But something is lost in this more contemporary rendering. The Hebrew verb translated […]

Curious Signs in Bishop, California

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On a recent vacation trip to Bishop, California, I saw some curious signs that I thought I’d share with you. DUTCH CLEAN – I’m assuming this means “very clean.” Hence the happy face. I’ve never heard this expression before. Have […]

Whose Church Is It?

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In my last post I set up the first-century Corinthian church as a paradigm of a church in conflict. The letter we know as 1 Corinthians is the effort of the Apostle Paul to resolve the controversies that were plaguing […]

Corinth: The Paradigm of Christian Conflict

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If you consider the issue of Christians in conflict from a New Testament perspective, you will quickly focus on Corinth. No church in Scripture is more ridden with disagreement and controversy than the Corinthian church, which explains, in part why […]

Pictures from My Recent Vacation

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My recent vacation in the High Sierra of California produced some amazing pictures. These were taken by my son, Nathan. I thought you might enjoy them. (I’ll get back to my series on Christians in conflict tomorrow.) Lupine with a […]

Feeling Stupid? Here’s a Good Reminder

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Bradley J. Moore, a business executive in the Northeast and a blogger at Shrinking the Camel, has just put up a helpful post called “It’s Okay to Feel Stupid Sometimes.” If you’re like me, you’ll appreciate this reminder and the […]

Having the Mind of Christ, Part 2

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Throughout the ages, commentators and preachers have seen Philippians 2:1-11 as a theological reflection on Jesus’ washing of the disciples’ feet in John 13. In this gospel text, Jesus literally humbled himself, doing that which an actual slave would ordinarily […]

Having the Mind of Christ

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On Friday I encouraged you to read Philippians 2:1-11 slowly and prayerfully. Today I’d like to highlight a few features of this astounding text. If you’re in the middle of a conflict with other Christians, however, you might not like […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Why Do We Praise the Lord?

posted by Mark D. Roberts

READ Psalm 96:1-13   Great is the LORD! He is most worthy of praise!     He is to be feared above all gods. Psalm 96:4 There are many reasons to praise the Lord. Scripture repeatedly calls us to do it, so we […]

Good News for Churches and the Next Generations?

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Yesterday, I put up a blog post entitled: “USA Today: Teens Losing Interest in Church and Church Camp.” The USA Today article offered bad news for churches and their connection with younger people. But, last Monday, USA Today ran an […]

Jaws in Orange County, California . . . Really!

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That’s right. A great white shark has been spotted near the placid shores of Orange County, California. Two great whites, actually! Surfers near San Onofre had spotted what seemed to be two great white sharks in the waters near where […]

USA Today: Teens Losing Interest in Church and Church Camp

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USA Today features an article today that contains bad news for churches. “‘Forget pizza parties,’ teens tell churches“ builds upon research done by the Barna Group. In summary: Only about one in four teens now participate in church youth groups, […]

Let God Speak to You Through His Word

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Yesterday, I suggested that Scripture should be a primary starting point for seeking God’s will when we’re in conflict with other Christians (or anyone, for that matter). Today, I want to draw your attention to one of the most important […]

Dealing with Conflict Among Christians: One Starting Point

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Where should we start if we’re seeking God’s guidance for conflict among Christians? Here’s where my Protestant convictions come strongly into play. We should start with Scripture, with God’s inspired Word. Now this is always a good starting point, the […]

God’s Guidance for Christians in Conflict: Introduction

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This is one blog series I wish were completely unnecessary. I wish conflict among Christians were a relatively insignificant problem. I wish we who believe in Jesus could experience the unity he commended to us (John 17:20-24). I wish there […]

Have You Discovered My Series Collection?

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One of the distinctive features of my blog is the collection of past blog series that I create and make available to readers. As you know, most blog posts on most blogs are stand alone entries. But I tend to […]

More from the Patheos Series on the Future of Evangelicalism

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Check out this impressive collection of opinions related to the future of evangelicalism. The focus of this particular conversation is “Transforming Culture.”  Participants include: William Lane Craig and Paul Copan: “Trajectories in Philosophy and Apologetics”Andy Crouch: “To Let Christ Live […]

Becoming a Peacemaker: Some Practical Advice

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Once again I want to address a very practical question, the kind of query I get from people who want to take God’s truth and live it out in their daily lives. So here’s a question that I can imagine […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Your Heart’s Desires

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READ Psalm 37:1-40   Take delight in the LORD,      and he will give you your heart’s desires. Psalm 37:4 Psalm 37:4 is one of those verses that Christians can twist to suit their own fancy. I have heard some preachers […]

Some Reasons to Like California

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I thought I’d share with you some visual reasons to like California, where I am currently on vacation with my family. I lived in California for most of my life until a move to Texas three years ago. I love […]

Patheos Features Outstanding Series on the Future of Evangelicalism

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Patheos, an leading website focusing on religion, is sponsoring a fascinating series of essays on the future of evangelicalism. Patheos has assembled a wide variety of leaders from the evangelical movement who speak to various issues. For example, the first […]

Knowing God’s Peace: Some Practical Advice

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As a pastor for over twenty years, I frequently chat with people who want to know the peace of God, but find it elusive. Their question – and perhaps your question as well – gets right to the point: How […]

The Peace that Lies Ahead

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When Christians seek justice for the oppressed, or when World Vision mobilizes the church to care for victims of famine, or when churches in a community get together to build a house with Habitat for Humanity, you catch a glimpse […]

Peacemaking in the World, Part 3

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When I consider Jesus’ blessing of peacemakers, I think of a ministry in Hollywood, California called “City Dwellers.” In my last years at Hollywood Presbyterian Church, I was privileged to watch this ministry grow. It flourishes to this day, now […]

Peacemaking in the World, Part 2

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Yesterday, I suggested that we make peace in the world, first of all, by announcing the peacemaking work of Christ on the cross. Second, we bring God’s peace to the world by holding up the cross of Christ as an […]

Peacemaking in the World, Part 1

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As I’ve shown in my recent posts, our peacemaking task begins right in front of us, in our closest relationships at home, at work, at school, and at church. But it doesn’t stop there. As God’s peacemakers, we must take […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Home Depot and Experiencing God’s Joy

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READ Psalm 146:1-10   [J]oyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper,     whose hope is in the LORD their God. Psalm 146:5 The other day I needed an unusual piece of hardware. I wasn’t sure what it […]

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