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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 […]

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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 […]

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The National Day of Prayer Controversy: What Would Jesus Think? Part 2

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In yesterday’s post, I summarized a “religious case for church-state separation” found in Jon Meacham’s recent Newsweek article. In support of his religious case, Meacham draws from none other than Jesus of Nazareth, whom Meacham credits with originating the idea […]

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How to Begin to Live as a Saint

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Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series As I’ve explained earlier in this series, if you’re a Christian, then you’re a saint, a person set-apart by God for relationship with Him and to serve Him in the world. […]

Hope in the Midst of Struggle and Suffering

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Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I explained that Christian hope is focused in God and God’s future. It is not believing that everything in our lives will turn out as we’d like […]

The Content of Our Hope

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Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In yesterday’s post I wrote about how Christians live in the tension between the “already and not yet.” Though God’s kingdom has already begun to be present on earth, it is […]

Living in Hopeful Tension

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Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Yesterday I explained that Christians acknowledge the suffering and pain of this world, but live, nevertheless, with hope. Our hope is oriented to the future, when God will fully reveal His […]

People of Hope in a Hurting World

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Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Genuine, lasting hope is in short supply these days. Oh, you might hear some hopeful words from political candidates. And every now and then somebody suggests that things might be getting […]

God is With Us Even When We Suffer Because of Our Sin

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Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I began to explain how suffering draws us into deeper fellowship with other Christians, and even with God. Astoundingly, this is true even when we suffer as […]

Suffering and Christian Fellowship

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Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In recent posts I’ve talked about how living as saints–people set apart from this world for God and His purposes–can sometimes lead to suffering. Often, however, our suffering comes not as […]

A Saintly Struggle

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Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I explained how living “saintly” or “set apart” lives can lead to conflict, even suffering. I cited the example of Jim and Donna, whose unwillingness to let […]

The Cost of Being a Misfit

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Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Jesus says that we who follow Him are to let our light shine into the world, so that people might see our lives and give glory to God. Shining the light […]

What Sainthood is Not

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Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Jon Krakauer is best known from his gripping portrayal of tragedy on Mt. Everest in his bestselling book, Into Thin Air. But Krakauer has written other engaging books, including Under the […]

In the World, But Not Of the World

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Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series So far in this series on Sainthood, Service, and Suffering, I’ve explained how Christians are called to be saints, that is, to be set apart from the world for God and […]

Called to Holiness

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Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I explained that all Christians are saints, in the biblical sense of the word. All who put their faith in Jesus Christ have been set apart by […]

A Member of God’s Holy People

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Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I explained that every Christian, regardless of the quality of his or her discipleship, is a saint, a person set apart by God for His purposes. Each […]

Why You’re Like Saint Truman Burbank

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Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In the hit movie from 1998, The Truman Show, Jim Carrey plays the role of Truman Burbank, a happy-go-lucky insurance salesman who lives in the perfectly manicured town of Seahaven, “the […]

Sainthood, Service, and Suffering: Introduction

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Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Sainthood . . . service . . . suffering. What do these have to do with each other? What do they have to do with our hurting world? How can a […]

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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

posted 2:47:39am Apr. 11, 2011 | read full post »

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

posted 2:30:03am Apr. 07, 2011 | read full post »

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