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31January 2013

by: Alex Chen

How the Gospel Affects So Much: a Word for Men and Women

The Sneaky Enemies of Self-righteousness and Complacency I thoroughly enjoyed reading Sinclair Ferguson’s Sermon on the Mount for one of my seminary classes.  Though I've read Matthew 5-7 many times and even memorized parts of it, I was humbled to see how self-righteousness and complacency so quickly sneak into the Christian life.  How easy it is to think we've arrived!  ...

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30January 2013

by: Jacob Young

10 Minute Theology: What Does the Bible Say About Itself?

(Blog Manager’s Note: this is not a typical post. It is a quick, concise, rapid-fire statement of truth about the Bible. But while short and simple it is worth the read!) What does the Bible say about itself? The living God is a speaking God. In his Triune person he is eternally speaking his glory. As God relates to mankind, he speaks in special revelation revealing his nature and ...

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29January 2013

by: Ramona Doyle

God Alone Is Our Rock...

The side of a cliff While looking through old pictures of family vacations, I came across one taken at Mesa Verde National Park during a trip out west. We had signed up for their ‘most popular family tour’ to see one of the ancient cliff dwellings. Little did we know that this ‘hike’ involved getting there by walking along the edge of a high cliff with no guard rails, ...

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28January 2013

by: Brian Vander Weide

Worse than an Unbeliever

Strong Words There are some strong statements in the New Testament aimed specifically at Christians.  I've been mulling over one recently from 1 Timothy 5:8 –“But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” Worse than an unbeliever?  That's serious.  We've ...

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26January 2013

by: Meghan Mellinger

Experiencing God in the church lobby

Church in the Lobby In our 10 years of marriage we have had 5 children.  Now that means many things (chief among them that we have been very blessed!), but one of the implications of that statistic is that I have experienced lots of Sunday mornings out in the lobby of our church. I haven’t done the math, but it may even be the majority at this point! One of the things I realized ...

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24January 2013

by: Leo Parris

The Spirit's Active Presence

In the last blog post, I shared how God has been impacting me through Luke 18. This chapter gives an incredibly beautiful portrait of what it looks like to pursue God by highlighting persistence, humility, childlikeness, and radical commitment. In this post and the next, I want to define the active presence of the Holy Spirit and then connect the dots between pursuit of God and His active ...

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23January 2013

by: Doug Hayes

What Bob Dylan Understood About Biblical Justice

A Lonesome Death The year was 1963.  Outraged by a story he’d read in the newspaper, a young Bob Dylan sat down in an all-night café and penned the words to one of his most moving and brilliant songs.  A well-connected white man had killed a poor black barmaid in a fit of anger over a drink, and the ensuing trial had resulted in a slap on the wrist.  The Lonesome ...

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22January 2013

by: Trish Donohue

God Invented Metaphors

After teaching language arts in a couple different contexts, I’ve found that most kids don’t like metaphors at first, and I can see why.  They’re kind of weird and outside the box.  Most people don’t walk around saying, “The sky is a canvas” or “I am a rock” (unless you’re Simon & Garfunkel).   Metaphors compare two ...

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21January 2013

by: Doug Hayes

MLK and Roe v. Wade: Refusing to Believe that the Bank of Justice is Bankrupt

“I Have a Dream” Today my family and I will continue our Martin Luther King Day tradition of listening to King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech and reflecting upon its relevance for our lives today.  Standing in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial a century after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, King led thousands in decrying the fact that ...

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18January 2013

by: Tim Shorey

Obedience and Zig-Zag Evangelism

Getting back to my recent post (January 16) about shift. Often, Change Simply Means Obey Behind much failure to change is a failure to honor the authority of God's Word. We either add our ideas to it, or somehow redefine what it says according to our ways and habits. Too often we fail to love God with a Truth and Bible-driven heart-set, and the result is that we simply refuse to change even ...

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