But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Thursday, 27 April 2017 03:08

What’s Wrong with Women’s Bible Studies?

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It was the first week of our new little mom’s group. Blankets on the floor, snacks in the baggies, coffee cups set high on the table. While the babies crawled around our feet, I looked around at my tired mama friends trying to think of something else (besides our kids) to talk about. We...

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017 04:28

The Gospel for Those Angry at God

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More and more often, I encounter people who are angry at God. But, as I listen to them, it’s not so much God they take issue with as it is the people and institutions that claim to represent God. These are people who grew up in the church, committed Bible verses to memory in Sunday School,...

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From Merriam-Webster.comnoun, fāth

Definition of faith:

  1. allegiance to duty or a person: loyalty lost faith in the company’s president (1): fidelity to one’s promises (2): sincerity of intentions acted in good faith
  2. belief and trust in and loyalty to...

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Thursday, 20 April 2017 02:57

What Did Your Funeral Look Like?

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Welcome. On behalf of the family of the deceased I would like to thank you for being here. You have come to a funeral of sorts this Good Friday haven’t you? Well, that’s what they say I suppose.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go to your own funeral? Zhang Deyang was 66...

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 03:22

The Great Eucatastrophe

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J.R.R. Tolkien was a philologist in the fullest sense of the word. Words were his livelihood, and one of his great loves. When it came to language, Tolkien was a consummate perfectionist, yet he was always able to find joy, satisfaction, and humor in his work with languages. Although Tolkien is...

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 04:40

Bare, Naked Faith

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Bare naked trust in Jesus’ Good Friday work, not works of the Law, alone saves us. The body and blood of God’s one time for all time atoning sacrifice is what faith clings to, but faith is dangerous stuff when left in the hands of sinners. The old Adam just loves to convert faith into...

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Monday, 17 April 2017 05:10

God is Bigger than Your Quid Pro Quo

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Matthew 5:45b

For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

Quid pro quo, you scratch my back and I will scratch yours. It tends to be the way we humans operate. We may not like to admit it to ourselves, but we are much more inclined to do things...

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Friday, 14 April 2017 04:39

Our Redeemer Lives, and So Will You

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Job was no stranger to cross life. For the sake of a wager, God allowed Satan to have his way with Job. He could do anything to him short of killing him. So, he did. Satan turned Job’s wealth into poverty; he turned his good name into scorn; he took the lives of his children, and he inflicted...

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 04:39

Jesus, Be Jesus for Me

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“O good Jesus, may you also be Jesus for me.”

This is how Johann Gerhard begins his meditation on the name of Jesus in his Sacred Meditations [p. 31]. Gerhard was an extremely gifted and productive theologian. That being said, I’ll admit I enjoy his devotional and pastoral works...

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 04:51

I’m Itching for Wild Places

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I’m itching for wild places.

Unable to get out there I’ll try to scratch this itch as I’ve been trying to do for months now. A trip to the local outfitters—scratch. A poring over of a USGS topo map—scratch. Instagram photos of the same—scratch. A swipe through the...

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017 03:41

He’s Risen!

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“He’s risen! He’s risen indeed, Alleluia!” This declaration of Jesus’ being raised from death has been the Church’s victory cry for more than two millennia. It announces the historical tomb-exploding fact of God’s Word overcoming death and hell. This...

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Friday, 07 April 2017 02:58

What Sort of Father Do We Have?

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Imagine with me, if you will, a father having dinner with his children. At the table, the father waxes eloquent about what it means to be a member of his family. He describes with great passion the sort of people his children ought to be. He talks a great deal about...

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Thursday, 06 April 2017 05:05

Fight Club Faith

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The fantastic book “Fight Club” by Chuck Palahniuk surreally explores the desire of modern American males to feel something, anything. The book is an adult version of The Velveteen Rabbit. It begins with the protagonist going to a testicular cancer support group in order to cure his...

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If you want to be a good guitarist, you play the guitar until you’re good. If you want to be a good artist, you paint or draw until you’re good. Practice makes perfect. That’s how the world works. Even Bach had to learn the keys.

No newfangled truth here. Way back in...

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When the young monk and professor at Wittenberg University, Martin Luther, began to speak out against such time-honored traditions as the cult of saints and holy relics, he was striking at the very heart of what the Church taught about what it meant for a Christian to be holy. What Luther objected...

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(I will be teaching a breakout session at the forthcoming Mockingbird Conference. This blog is a foretaste of that lecture. Enjoy. Please check out the Mockingbird Conference and register. See ya there!)

Dynamite does one think well; it blows stuff up. Dynamite is no...

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Friday, 31 March 2017 05:26

Yearning for the Heroic Sacrifice

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Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.John 15:13

God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.Romans 5:8

He has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.Hebrews 9:26

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Thursday, 30 March 2017 02:11

Broken Promises

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She took a deep breath to calm the sick feeling deep in her stomach. Happy faces glided past the windows outside, but she was safe and invisible behind the tinted glass. She glanced down at the faded flower dress that she found in the back of her closet this morning. It wasn’t nearly as...

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017 02:02

The Only Sane Man in Town

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Mark 5:1-20

They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes. And when Jesus had stepped out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit. He lived among the tombs. And no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain, for he had...

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017 02:00

The Worrisome Gospel

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Why is justification by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone so hard for us to swallow? Why do words like, “unconditional”, “freely imputed”, and “apart from our works” cause us to roll our eyes, or sigh, or snort in derision? What is it about a...

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Monday, 27 March 2017 07:11

Giving Up Something For Lent?

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Are you one of those who is giving something up for Lent? While this has not been popular among Protestants, some Lutherans and many Roman Catholics follow this tradition that has its origin in the ancient Church. Often after years of instruction in the faith, adult catechumens underwent rigorous...

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Friday, 24 March 2017 04:11

Do We Evangelize or Proselytize?

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Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves.

Matthew 23:15

The Christian Church has always marked a difference between evangelism and...

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Thursday, 23 March 2017 03:43

Anything Else You Worship Will Eat You Alive

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“Because here’s something else that’s weird but true: in the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And the compelling reason for maybe...

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017 04:04

Preparing for Death and the University

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Have you ever thought about taking a class on death? I recently began running again, after nursing an injury for the better part of a year, and decided to check out iTunes U to occupy my mind while exhausting my body. Of course, I chose a course from Yale called, “The Philosophy of...

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 02:53

God’s Love Is Messy

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God’s love is messy. He’s reckless, in our way of keeping accounts, about whom He shows mercy. Like a farmer who pays no attention to where the seeds land during Spring planting, God just doesn’t seem to care one iota about how much of a return he’ll get back on His love. We...

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