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Present Tense Spirituality

This post was originally posted on the Union website, which contains a lot of resources we would encourage you to check out.   ——————————- Losing a present tense spirituality is dangerous. In Psalm 73, public figure Asaph lost a present tense spirituality and felt dangerously compromised. He could say the words – God is good […]

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Wolfish Sheep

Paul’s heart-wrenching farewell speech to the Ephesian elders (Acts 20) had to have been a life-marking moment never to be forgotten. With tears in their eyes and lumps in their throats, they carefully listened to Paul’s pleas for them to be prepared for fierce wolves that would attempt to ravage their flock. I wonder what […]

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Heart Warfare

Pharaoh, in the Exodus account of Israel leaving Egypt, had a fight with God. The ruler moved by stages from being dismissive of Yahweh—a God he only learned about through Moses—to being beaten and compliant in the end. How did it come about? It was a battle of hearts. Moses told the Egyptian that Yahweh […]

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Holy and Blameless Before Him

There are lots of debates about how sanctification works. Presumably because the common views don’t work. What are the common views? In simplistic terms there are essentially two: one is that sanctification is by my personal effort, the other is some variation on the notion that it either doesn’t matter or that God will do […]

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Conditioned God

When I got married I received all kinds of “helpful hints” on how to have a healthy relationship. Clearly some were more helpful than others, but one in particular was more dangerous than anything else—marriage is about “give and take.” We’ve all heard this. Maybe we have come across reasons why it doesn’t work. In […]

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Quiet, Please!

Years ago the caricature of a librarian was a matron who roamed the library shushing everyone. I hope the title for this entry won’t stir that image! Picture, instead, an auditorium in 2013 filled with the clamor of scientists awaiting the arrival of speakers who would confirm the discovery of the Higgs boson—the so-called “God […]

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Luke’s Gospel of a Loving God

Huw Williams was part of the first Cor Deo team in 2011. Since 2012 he and his family have been living in Italy, pastoring the International Church in Torino. Huw also serves alongside Peter in the Bible Teachers Networks at the European Leadership Forum each May. We are thankful to Huw for this post reflecting […]

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Easter, For Me

When it comes to Easter, we are truly spoiled. Even though the Bible is a huge collection of documents, most of biblical history is covered in sweeping narratives, or glimpses into specific occasions. But once we come to Easter, we have four accounts that give great detail about that week leading up to the crucifixion […]

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Until the Sting is Gone

This is another great post from our friend Gretchen. Be sure to read her others: here and here ——————- I don’t know many people who have gotten very far into adult life without having experienced deep pain at the hands of another person. The betrayal of a spouse or close friend. Unfair treatment on a […]

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Conversing with God

A Friday morning chat with Terry about conversations, and then reading Pete Sanlon’s book on Augustine—including a feature on Augustine’s conversations with God—set me up for this post. It’s a topic worth revisiting on a regular basis even apart from these reminders. Conversations are the threads that make up the fabric of life and our […]

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