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Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: What To Do When Things Keep On Getting Worse

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What To Do When Things Keep On Getting Worse Psalm 12:1-8 Help, O LORD, for the godly are fast disappearing!      The faithful have vanished from the earth! Psalm 12:1 Psalm 12 begins with a dire description of a culture […]

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Jesus as the Son of God

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In my last post I showed how the picture of Jesus in the prologue of John’s Gospel was drawn on the basis of the Jewish figure of divine, yet with a striking innovation. Whereas the Jewish sages envisioned Wisdom as […]

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Echoes of Wisdom and the Divinity of Jesus: Part 3

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Let me review briefly what we have seen so far about Wisdom and Jesus before I dive into today’s new material. I began this series with a simple question: Why did Jesus’ followers start thinking that he was, not just […]

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Echoes of Wisdom and the Divinity of Jesus (Part 2)

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In my last post I began to examine echoes of Wisdom in the ministry of Jesus. By Wisdom, I mean not the human trait of wise judgment, but the divine characteristic pictured in the Old Testament and other Jewish sources […]

Echoes of Wisdom and the Divinity of Jesus: Part 1

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One of the most influential theological movements in ancient Judaism was what scholars call The Wisdom Tradition. Beginning many centuries before Christ, faithful Jews began to pass along popular wisdom, such as we find in the biblical book of Proverbs. […]

Who is the Savior? Part 2

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In last Friday’s post I began to answer the question of why the earliest Christians came to regard Jesus as divine. I showed how belief that divine salvation came through Jesus led to confessing Jesus as the Savior. Then, given […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Justice for Orphans and the Oppressed

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Psalm 10:1-18 You will bring justice to the orphans and the oppressed,      so mere people can no longer terrify them. Psalm 10:18 Psalm 10 begins by wondering why the Lord lets the wicked do their evil deeds and even […]

Laity Lodge in Early Autumn

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Autumn is just now coming to the Texas Hill Country. I thought I’d share with you a couple of photos of Laity Lodge, the retreat center where I work. Laity Lodge is situated on the bank of the Frio River […]

Who is the Savior? Part 1

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So far in this series we’ve looked at historical evidence that shows that some of the earliest Christian spoke of Jesus as Lord, applying to him the very name of Israel’s God. To their Lord they prayed and offered worship. […]

Hear, O Israel! The LORD is One!

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One of the classic Jewish affirmations appears in the sixth chapter of Deuteronomy: “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with […]

The Paradoxical Path to Lordship

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In my last post I examined one of the very oldest bits of evidence for early Christian belief about Jesus. As you may recall, the original Greek text of 1 Corinthians 16:22 contains the Aramaic phrase, marana tha, which means, […]

Maranatha! What Difference Does It Make?

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Sometime in the mid-50s A.D., the Apostle Paul wrote a letter to the church in Corinth. He concluded this epistle in the following way: I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Let anyone be accursed who has no […]

Provocative Readings on the Future of Christianity

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In the last two weeks I’ve read three provocative pieces on the future of Christianity in general, and evangelical Christianity in particular. Two are books, one is an article. All three share certain things in common, though their visions for […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Real, Basic Stewardship

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Real, Basic Stewardship READ Psalm 8:1-9   You gave them charge of everything you made,      putting all things under their authority. Psalm 8:6 At this time of year, many churches focus on stewardship. For sixteen years as pastor of Irvine […]

Why Business Matters to God . . . Jeff Van Duzer at Laity Lodge

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This weekend Laity Lodge is hosting a retreat that is co-sponsored by Seattle Pacific University and the Laity Leadership Institute. National and international leaders in business, the academy, and the church have gathered to think about business from the vantage […]

Earliest Christian Belief About Jesus: What Evidence Do We Have?

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In my last post I laid out a popular theory among some scholars for how the early Christians came to think of Jesus as divine. Let me review it briefly. According to this theory, the first followers of Jesus didn’t […]

Popular Theories About Why Early Christians Considered Jesus as Divine: Part 3

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In my last two posts in this series, I examined two theories that seek to explain why the earliest Christians regarded Jesus as divine. I found both of these to be lacking, though both point in a direction that will […]

Prophecy in 1 Corinthians and in the Church Today

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In the last two days I’ve surveyed Paul’s teaching about prophecy as found in 1 Corinthians. Let me summarize what we have discovered. Prophesying was a common activity in the gatherings of Corinthian Christians (or at least that seems to […]

Prophecy in 1 Corinthians 14

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In yesterday’s post I began considering the nature and function of prophecy in 1 Corinthians, focusing especially on chapters 12 and 13. Today I’ll pick up the conversation by examining chapter 14, which provides more data about prophesying in the […]

Prophecy in 1 Corinthians

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Preface If you’ve been following my blog recently, you know that I’ve just begun a series on the divinity of Jesus. I’ll get back to that series soon. But I’d like to take a short break to put up a […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Is There a Place for Sadness in Authentic Christianity?

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READ Psalm 6:1-10 I am worn out from sobbing.     All night I flood my bed with weeping,     drenching it with my tears. Psalm 6:6 I grew up in a culture, church, and family that didn’t have much room for sadness. If […]

Some Political Signs in my Town

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In a couple of months, we’ll be decorating our homes for Christmas. In the meanwhile, many Americans choose to decorate their front yards with political signs. Check out these options from my town of Boerne, Texas. Actually, this isn’t a […]

Popular Theories About Why Early Christians Considered Jesus as Divine: Part 2

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In my last post, I began considering popular theories about why the early Christians considered Jesus to be divine. The first theory pointed to the fact that they thought of Jesus as Messiah and therefore Son of God. But I […]

Popular Theories About Why Early Christians Considered Jesus as Divine (Part 1)

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There are many popular theories about why the earliest Christians considered to Jesus to be divine. You can find these regularly espoused by preachers, teachers, professors of religion, or debunkers of Christianity. As you might be able to tell already, […]

Was Jesus Divine? Early Christian Perspectives – Introduction to the Series

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“I’m okay with Jesus being a great teacher and even somehow a heavenly revealer,” a man once said to me, “but I’m just not into this whole notion of Jesus being God. I have a hard time with that one.” […]

What To Do If Someone Sins Against You: Conclusion (Part 2)

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In my last post I confessed that I am by nature someone who avoids conflict. Thus, I am wired not to obey the teaching of Jesus with respect to confronting one who sins against me. Nevertheless, in my effort to […]

What To Do If Someone Sins Against You: Conclusion

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I have come to the end of this series on what to do if someone sins against you. I have done my best to interpret the teaching of Jesus on this subject with accuracy. I’m sure I have made some […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Abundant Joy

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Abundant Joy! READ Psalm 4:1-8   You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine. Psalm 4:7 When have you felt really, really joyful? When have you been so full of gladness […]

A Few More Summer Vacation Photos

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I thought it would be fun to share a few more photos from my summer vacation. These were taken by my son, Nathan, who has quite an eye for photography. I’m hiking near Dingleberry Lake in the High Sierra (Sabrina […]

How Can I Forgive Someone Who Doesn’t Admit to Having Done Anything Wrong?

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With this post I am finishing my series: What To Do If Someone Sins Against You: The Teaching of Jesus. You can find this whole series in logical order here, if you wish. Let me review the basic steps outlined […]

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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

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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

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