Reading the Olivet Discourse

(Mark 13; Matthew 24; Luke 21) As the Prophet of God, Jesus pronounced devastating judgment against the Temple and city of Jerusalem (Mark 11:12-20; 13:1-2; see also Matthew 23:37-39; Luke 19:41-44). Naturally, his disciples inquired about this cataclysmic event (Mark 13:3-4),...
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God Is Dead

On April 8th 1966, Time magazine shocked the American public with their Easter issue, provocatively titled, “Is God Dead?” The issue explored a recent movement in theology known as “The Death of God.” The movement found its roots in both modern...
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Lent

The “Season of Lent” is one of the oldest observations on the Christian calendar. Though it has a rather complicated history, it is undoubtedly ancient in origin.  As Ted Olson writes, “Like all Christian holy days and holidays, it has changed over the years, but its purpose has...
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Small Group Leadership Intensive 2018

Paul calls the church “a pillar and buttress of the truth,” (1Tim.3:15). As a pillar, it thrusts the truth high for all to see. As a buttress, it supports and establishes the truth “on earth as it is in heaven.” In other words, the church both grounds and displays the gospel in...
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Exiles and Strangers in the World

As we walk through 1 Peter together this fall, we will see how the apostle paradoxically expects the churches of Asia Minor to be both compelling (2:12, 18; 3:1-4) and repelling communities (2:15; 3:16; 4:3-4).  Even more paradoxically, the very thing that makes us compelling to...
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“Are You Observing Lint This Year?”

That is the question a Baptist friend of mine posed on Twitter recently. And it represents about as much familiarity with the tradition as I had growing up in a so-called non-liturgical church. The “Season of Lent” is one of the oldest observations on the Christian calendar....
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Why Study the Ten Commandments?

And why spend six months of our lives doing it? Aren’t these the defunct stipulations of an old covenant made with Israel, while we who are in Christ are under a new covenant? It is true that Jesus fulfilled the law of Moses, so that, as Paul famously declared, “Christ is the end...
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Advent: By His Poverty We are Made Rich

Last year’s flood afforded us the opportunity as Jesus’ people to face a number of new challenges – the biggest of which was how to care for our many, hurting neighbors.  We turned to a number of resources as we sought to address the pressing needs of our community,...
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Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Our neighbor got a puppy. A cute miniature pinscher that loves to run and play and has a bark that can be heard from here to Timbuktu. It likes to bark at squirrels, people, acorns falling, and I’m pretty sure, the wind. We tolerated the barking for weeks, trying not to complain...
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God without Passions?

Does God have passions? Has the Ancient of Days known the ebb and flow of emotion? Is the Almighty ever hurt, even if only in sympathy with men and women?  If you’re like most Christians, you answer these questions in the affirmative, and usually without hesitation. But it might...
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