Grow Up!

One of the dominant themes of the New Testament is the believer’s experience of becoming increasingly like Jesus in real life. This is referred to as holiness or sanctification (1 Thessalonians 4:1-8), maturity (Colossians 1:27-29), and being transformed (Romans 12:1-2, 2 Corinthians 3:16-18), conformed (Romans 8:29), and imitators (1 Corinthians

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Church History Teaser

Beginning this Sunday, we will turn our focus during the Training Hour to the stories of those followers of Jesus who came before us. The first 250 years of the church’s history is filled with persecution, so as a preview of the amazing testimonies we will hear, I give you

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History Matters

“I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns,

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How To Love Without Imploding

Jesus’ mandate for our relationships is to love one another. We fulfill this “law of Christ,” according to Paul, when we “bear one another’s burdens” (Galatians 6:2). That is, we carry one another’s hurts in our own hearts. We walk through trials together. We “weep with those who weep” (Romans

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Hebrew Bonus Features

When Rachael and I watch a movie at home together, our habits afterward are predictable: she goes to bed and I watch as many bonus features as possible. Neither is good or bad. She is satisfied with the main feature and I want to know everything I can around the

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Signposts of the Final Judgement

If you have watched any footage of the dark clouds-turned-thin funnel-turned-1.3 mile wide force of devastation in Moore, OK, you have likely felt a sunken feeling in your chest and the accompanying silence of awe. What can be said in the presence of such unstoppable power and destruction? Perhaps because

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I Hate Your God

The words slipped in and out of the conversation as swiftly and shockingly as a pickpocket on the subway. “I hate your God.” My neighbor and I were talking this week about sharpening lawnmower blades when asthmatic coughing overtook him. With the labored wheezing came the blasphemous words. They were

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When Injustice Compounds

Engaging injustices against the vulnerable can be as draining as it is meaningful. But what if we discover that our efforts to address those injustices breed more injustice? A particular manifestation of this possibility has been brought to light by a new book called The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and

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A Lesson In Dying Well

Last week I finished listening to the audio of Eric Metaxas’ magisterial biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German pastor and theologian whose convictions drove him to join the resistance against Adolf Hitler. Only 3 weeks before he took his own life, Hitler ordered Bonhoeffer’s execution for his connection to a

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Take 2 Minutes To Mourn

Tonight we gather at 6:30 to engage the deep realities that make up Good Friday: God’s holiness, our sin, Christ’s suffering and death, and the reconciliation, forgiveness, and love we taste when we trust in this Savior. The cross is the center-point of all that is profound in God’s encounter

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Setting Our Face Toward Jerusalem

It is not every day that listening to public radio affords me a refresher on Catholic theology, but with Pope Benedict XVI’s nearly unprecedented retirement from the Papacy yesterday, the Catholic church’s view of their highest leader was briefly ushered into the media spotlight. One Catholic theologian made the significant

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