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Relational Polarity of God

A key difference between the Age of Decay and the Age to Come are their relational polarities. CS Lewis in Mere Christianity talks about how God brings us into his very own life. It’s hard to figure out what that … Continue reading

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Is Paris Hilton the Kingdom of God?

A friend sent me this link to a website that promotes what looks to be a wonderful project. http://www.girleffect.org/video.  It’s worth watching. The video has a lot of great ideas that ring true from my experience as a missionary in … Continue reading

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The Spiritual Growth Plan Nobody Wants

In John Ortberg’s book “The Life You’ve Always Wanted” he tells the story of Mabel. It’s a story I return to mentally and in print from time to time because it’s so powerful. To me the story communicates two seemingly … Continue reading

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The fool says in his heart "there is no God" and even Peter's got his doubts

Peter’s question in Luke 12:41 is interesting. What motivated him to ask it? He was clearly referring to the parable that comes right before this verse. This is a parable about the coming of the Son of Man who is … Continue reading

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"Don't be anxious" yeah right…

This week I preach on Luke 12:22-34. This is the Lukan treatment of Jesus commanding his disciples “not to worry.” It follows directly on the heels of Jesus telling the parable of the barn builder. Some weeks the text is … Continue reading

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"Why can't the church be more like AA?"

I read this piece from the Christianity Today website on Mercy Street Church and immediately thought of a lot of conversations I’ve had where people have asked me “why can’t the church be more like AA?” In my congregation a … Continue reading

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The Redemption of a history of tyranny

This was also part of that conversation on enjoyment of the fruits of exploition mentioned in the previous post. This has been a wonderful thread to follow. It seems yet another confirmation of the notion of total depravity. Try to … Continue reading

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Pentecost

Jesus is over the top. If you ask someone who Jesus was and what he taught you’ll likely get one of two answers: “Jesus tells us how to get to heaven when we die” or “Jesus, like all other great … Continue reading

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How Grace through Christ breaks the victim to tyrant cycle of oppression

Repost from December 20, 2006 Tim Keller has been preaching a bunch lately on suffering, just in time for Christmas. In a lecture called Suffering and the Steward-Leader he makes some startling comments on suffering. He states that suffering is … Continue reading

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Word-gardening for Kingdom Traction

In Sacramento the CRC pastors meet once a month to spend time together working on our mutual effort. Each month one of us is responsible for the topic, discussion, whatever. This is my month so this is what I prepared … Continue reading

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