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A Deeply Moving Story: Through Pain and Grace Toward Redemption

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Today, I read a deeply moving story and I want to commend it to you. It was written by Gordon Atkinson, a former pastor and engaging author who used to blog as the Real Live Preacher. It is a story […]

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Great Deal on True Grit Soundtrack

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Last month, I wrote about the soundtrack from True Grit (Jan 11; Jan 12) focusing on its creative use of classic hymns, especially “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.” I mentioned how much I have enjoyed this album by Carter Burwell. […]

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Science vs. Religion: What Scientists Really Think

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You hear a lot these days about science and religion. Most anti-religious folk claim that science undermines or even contradicts religious faith. As evidence for this claim (which, by the way, is not scientific, but philosophical), they point to the […]

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Little Star: A Delightful Christmas Book for Children

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Sometimes it seems like the Christmas children’s stories mostly have nothing to do with Jesus. There are some wonderful exceptions, of course, like the story told in A Charlie Brown Christmas. Now I have nothing against the secular tales for […]

Recommended Christmas Music: Under the Wonder Sky

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I have a new collection of Christmas music and I love it. Jeff Johnson and Brian Dunning have teamed up once again to produce a stellar album of Christmas music. Their earlier Christmas collections, A Quiet Knowing Christmas and Stars […]

Meals That Change Your Life

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As we approach Thanksgiving Day and its famous meal, Adam McHugh shares some thoughts on how meals can change your life. Check out his article in Relevant Magazine. 

Want to Grow in Your Faith? Check out Reclaiming the Mind Ministries

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A couple of years ago I became aware of Reclaiming the Mind Ministries. I was most impressed with the high quality of the educational materials they make available online. I continue to think that Reclaiming the Mind Ministries offers 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 […]

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 […]

Recommendation: Little Lakes Valley along Rock Creek, California

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My (much younger) daughter and (much younger) me in Little Lakes Valley, along Rock Creek, in California. Without a doubt, one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. The hike to this spot isn’t terribly difficult. In fact, […]

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 […]

Excellent Resources: Patheos and CHURCHandWORLD.com

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Today I am impressed to recommend a couple of the finest online resources for material related to faith, culture, and the connection between them. Patheos The first resource is Patheos. Patheos is a website that seeks to offer top-notch resources […]

Kathy Hastings and the By/For Project

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One of the unusual features of Laity Lodge is our interest in and excitement for the arts. At the Laity Lodge retreat center we have The Cody Center, an art gallery that doubles as a concert hall. The Cody Center […]

Allen Levi!!

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This past weekend at Laity Lodge I got to know Allen Levi. He was the musician for our retreat. And what a musician he is! I expect that some of you know Allen already. He has a strong reputation as […]

A Fine Church in Austin

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This past weekend I preached at Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas. The first thing that strikes one about that church is the striking view from the parking lot. Whether by day . . . or in the dimming […]

Rediscovering a Gospel Forgery? – The Detective Work of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts

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I just read a fascinating online article that I’d like to share with you. It chronicles a fascinating piece of academic detective work. It isn’t quite The Da Vinci Code, but it moves in the same domain. Before I give […]

Congratulations, Sara Groves!

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Singer/songwriter Sara Groves was just awarded Christianity Today’s Album of the Year for 2009. Fireflies and Songs was, according to the magazine, the “runaway No. 1 choice” for Album of the Year, according to a panel of ten music critics. […]

Three Top Website Recommendations

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Today, I want to recommend three great websites. I have been visiting these websites for several years with great appreciation. I have recommended them before, but they’re worth another shout out. Holy Land Photos This website offers thousands of photos […]

Highest Recommendation: Frio Suite by Jeff Johnson and Phil Keaggy

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Do I have a recommendation for you! Today marks the full release of an extraordinary album by Jeff Johnson and Phil Keaggy: Frio Suite. This instrumental collection is engaging, inspiring, quieting, even haunting. It is an extraordinary collaboration of two […]

Recommendation: Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

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Okay, okay, this book has been around since 2001. I’m sure many of my readers have read Peace Like a River and loved it. But if you haven’t read it, I want to bring it to your attention. This is […]

Recommendation: Christian Web Conference

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Today I want to recommend the Christian Web Conference to my blog readers. If you’re at all interested in the relationship between Christianity and the Internet, and especially if you are using the Web as a context for expressing your […]

Highly Recommended: National Worship Leader Conference 2009

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If you’re a worship leader, a pastor, or a lay person who cares about the worship life of your church, I highly recommend the National Worhsip Leader Conference 2009. Let me say up front that I am involved with this […]

Great Expectations . . . The Musical

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A couple of days ago I saw Great Expectations: The Musical. It was performed at the Boerne Community Theatre by the Teen Troupe. Now I might have seen this musical simply because Great Expectations is one of my favorite novels, […]

Opposing Views: An Intriguing New Website

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I’ve recently become aware of a new website called Opposing Views. The headline of this site identifies it as in Beta mode, so I assume it’s very much a work in progress. The main point of Opposing Views is . […]

Another Way of Doing Business

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I was in Seattle this week for meetings at Seattle Pacific University. Several of us who are associated with Laity Lodge got together with SPU faculty from various disciplines: business, economics, organizational psychology, theology, brain science, and marriage and family. […]

Vintage 21 Hosts Advance: Resurgence of the Local Church

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I’ve been asked by the folks at Vintage 21, a church in Raleigh, North Carolina, to put in a good word for their upcoming conference: Advance: Resurgence of the Local Church. Here’s their vision for the conference: Christ promises to […]

Congratulations to the ESV Study Bible

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Last night I attended the 2009 Christian Book Awards in Dallas, Texas. The awards are given by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association in several categories: Bibles, Children & Youth, Christian Life, Bible Reference & Study, Inspiration & Gift, Fiction, and […]

â??God Onlyâ? – A Great Piece on Lenten Spirituality

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Mark Galli, the senior managing editor of Christianity Today, has written an outstanding piece on Lenten spirituality. It’s called: “God Only.” Galli’s insights speak incisively to some of the trends in contemporary Christianity. But they also touched me personally. I […]

Recommending Another Outstanding Album

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Today I want to recommend another outstanding album. This one is for children (or children at heart), and it’s a real winner. First, a little background. If you’re a Christian parent with children under 12, or if you work with […]

Recommending an Outstanding Worship Album

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One of the many things I loved about Irvine Presbyterian Church was the diversity of our worship. Two of our Sunday morning services featured a wonderful choir with music in a more traditional vein, as well as more contemporary praise […]

A Fantastic Hike

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Though I’m still on vacation, I just returned to civilization from several days camping in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. One of the highlights of this trip was a fantastic hike to Dinkey Lakes. It was the first time […]

A Miraculous Cure for Bug Bite Itching?

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First of all, let me be clear that I am not a doctor. (Well, okay, I have a Ph.D. But I’m not a medical doctor.) One should never take my medical advice too seriously. Second, let me add that I’m […]

A Couple of Good Leads: Lapinator and Overstock.com

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As most of my readers know, I don’t accept advertising on this website. But, upon occasion, I do point my readers to products or services that I have found helpful. Today I want to highlight Lapinator and Overstock.com. Lapinator Every […]

Recommending Iron Man

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I’ll get back to my series on preaching tomorrow. But I wanted to recommend a movie today. Yesterday, my son and I, along with a couple of friends, went to see the film Iron Man. I’m happy to report that […]

A Fascinating Interview

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Marcus Goodyear, one of my friends and colleagues who works for The High Calling of Our Daily Work, (he’s also a fine blogger!) has completed a two-part interview with Micheal Flaherty, the president of Walden Media. (Note: Micheal is the […]

Excellent Discussion on the Problem of Suffering

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Beliefnet.com is hosting a fine “blogalogue” between Bart Ehrman and N. T. Wright on the problem of suffering. Ehrman, as you may know, has published the most recent installment in his series that might be called: “A Popular Scholar’s Attempt […]

Mt. Hermon Christian Conference Center

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Last week I spoke at a Presbyterian pastors conference at Mt. Hermon. This conference center, the oldest Christian camp in the western United States, lies in the sylvan woods of the Santa Cruz mountains. It’s setting among the redwoods is […]

MUST-READ: “The 8 Marks of a Robust Gospel,” by Scot McKnight

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Scot McKnight, a New Testament scholar, popular author, and outstanding blogger, has just published a must-read article in Christianity Today. It’s called “The 8 Marks of a Robust Gospel,” and is part of The Christian Vision Project. I don’t know […]

Excellent Interview with Francis Collins

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My friend and colleague, Marcus Goodyear, has recently posted an excellent interview of Francis Collins on The High Calling.org. If you’re not familiar with Collins, he’s one of the world’s leading scientists and also an articulate Christian. Just to entice […]

Give Back to Bethlehem.org

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I’ve recently become aware of a business venture that seems, as far as I can tell, to be working towards peace between Israel and Palestine in a creative way. God knows we need some new approaches over there. The goal […]

Announcing My New Daily Devotional

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Beginning today, I have a new daily devotional. It’s found at The High Calling. This website is part of the larger ministry of Laity Lodge (and the HEB Foundation), where I am now serving as Senior Director and Scholar-in-Residence. I’ll […]

A Great Christmas Post and A Dream Cruise

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A Great Christmas Post Marcus Goodyear, my colleague in the H.E. Butt Foundation, has become one of my favorite bloggers. Marcus has lots of fascinating things to say about all sorts of topics, but I love his commentary on family […]

A Coffee Lover’s Dream for Christmas

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Can’t quite figure out a Christmas gift for a coffee lover? I’ve got a great suggestion. Give Aloha Island Coffee. It is, truly, the best coffee I have ever tasted: rich, smooth, delightful. Check out the Aloha Coffee website for […]

New National Poll Seeks Christian Participants

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A press release from Christianity Today International: CAROL STREAM, ILLINOIS, November 6, 2007 – A leading Christian publisher launches a new polling initiative to gauge the opinion of a broad range of Christians on theology, politics, and cultural issues in […]

GodblogCon – Now is the Time!

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If you’re considering attending GodblogCon next month, now is the time sign up. On Friday the price goes up quite a bit, so get in your sign up now! With your registration, you also get a pass to BlogWorld and […]

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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

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