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June 16, 2017

In my place condemned He stood

In my place condemned He stood

Last week there was a great deal of hubub about comments made by Bernie Sanders during the confirmation hearings of Russell Vought, a devout Christian and potential deputy White House budget director. If you want more info about the conversation, you can read about it and watch video here. The issue centered around an article […]

June 13, 2017

A royal hack job

A royal hack job

Then Samuel said, “Bring here to me Agag the king of the Amalekites.” And Agag came to him cheerfully. Agag said, “Surely the bitterness of death is past.” And Samuel said, “As your sword has made women childless, so shall your mother be childless among women.” And Samuel hacked Agag to pieces before the LORD […]

June 8, 2017

Saul’s legacy

Saul's legacy

When Saul had taken the kingship over Israel, he fought against all his enemies on every side, against Moab, against the Ammonites, against Edom, against the kings of Zobah, and against the Philistines. Wherever he turned he routed them. And he did valiantly and struck the Amalekites and delivered Israel out of the hands of […]

June 6, 2017

A humble confidence

A humble confidence

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. | 1 Peter 5:6-7 I used one of my favorite phrases again this week: humble confidence. This concept is one that I keep coming back […]

May 31, 2017

Playing the fool

Playing the fool

For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became FOOLS, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and […]

May 23, 2017

Making sense of the covenants

Making sense of the covenants

Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant. | Hebrews 9:15 After service Sunday, someone asked me about why, in a sermon about the covenants, I […]

May 17, 2017

Imagination and Community

Imagination and Community

And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. | 1 Thessalonians 5:14-15 I was reminded in a conversation over coffee this morning about a […]

May 15, 2017

Pushing back against evil

Pushing back against evil

For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, […]

May 11, 2017

Bible study is about more than new insights

Bible study is about more than new insights

I used to work in the marketing department for a Bible software and Christian e-book company. In our efforts to “market” our products to people, we would often say things like, “Discover new biblical insights!” or “Go deeper in your Bible study!” And we used phrases like this because these are the types of things […]

May 4, 2017

Two cliffs

Two cliffs

There are two common, yet equally-unbiblical views of how salvation works: legalism and cheap grace. Legalism says, “Everything is dependent on what I do. I must earn and keep up my salvation.” Cheap grace says, “It doesn’t matter what I do. I’m saved by grace so I can sin now and be forgiven later.” And […]

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