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What Really Matters?

February 5th 2014 by Posted in Blog 2 Comments

Of all the questions we may ask few are more important than the simple query, “What really matters?”  What should be our greatest priorities in life? The question presumes that priorities shape the way we live—that some options are more important to us than others.  A corollary for most people is that we can examine | Read More…

Life-Giving Love

January 27th 2014 by Posted in Blog 5 Comments

As you read 1 John it is clear that John was profoundly marked by Jesus’ commandment in the upper room to love one another.  He grasped that this was more than a pragmatic suggestion, but that it went to the very heart of what it was to be a disciple of Jesus, the Christ, the | Read More…

Superhero?

January 22nd 2014 by Posted in Blog 3 Comments

A couple of nights ago my three-year-old son came downstairs and in his best superhero voice said (just imagine his fists on his hips and chest pushed out), “I’m the strongman, I can do nothing!” With big smiles on our faces, we tried to correct him, “Don’t you mean anything?” He replied, “No, I can do nothing!” We’ve | Read More…

The Magnet Parable

January 14th 2014 by Posted in Blog 1 Comment

Let me offer a magnet parable. A man bought an industrial grade mobile magnet—a smaller version of what one sees in the auto crushing business.  He was proud of himself for being both noble and practical. He was noble because he planned to use the device to clean up his town.  It was practical because | Read More…

Not Comforted by God’s greatness?

January 7th 2014 by Posted in Blog 3 Comments

God is strong enough to handle whatever challenge you or I might be facing.  I think most of us readily believe that.  And yet His great strength sometimes is not the comfort we think it should be.  Why? Seven centuries before Christ, Judah was facing disaster.  King Hezekiah had welcomed envoys from a little city-state to his little nation | Read More…

Do Not Forget!

December 31st 2013 by Posted in Blog 2 Comments

The holidays for me, like many of you I’m sure, are a mixed bag.  Christmas is not only a wonderful season of thinking about the gift of God in the flesh.  It is also a time of tasty traditional foods, gift-giving, great fun with family and friends, and happy memories of previous holidays with those dear to | Read More…

If…then

December 23rd 2013 by Posted in Blog 3 Comments

I noticed something in Job I hadn’t seen before.  Job’s erstwhile friends all used an “if . . . then” approach to confront Job over his presumed sins.  The point was simple: If you change your behaviors, Job, God will reward you.  If not, then God will punish you.  Very clear and very confrontive. This | Read More…

Jesus the Nazarene

December 16th 2013 by Posted in Blog 1 Comment

Why does Matthew end his great Christmas narrative with a whimper?  Other sections of his gospel finish with strong summaries, so why not the first two chapters?  Why have a great story end with some geographical details, an obscure reference to an unidentified prophecy and a comment about Jesus being called a Nazarene? After fleeing | Read More…

Luther’s Discoveries

December 11th 2013 by Posted in Blog 1 Comment

For the past couple weeks I’ve spent time with a good friend, Martin Luther.  It’s been a rich and fruitful time! I would encourage anyone to do the same.  As I was rereading Luther’s Lectures on Galatians (1535) and Heiko Oberman’s biography Luther: Man between God and the Devil (A must read!), I was struck | Read More…

Experiencing God

December 2nd 2013 by Posted in Blog 2 Comments

The stir for this entry comes from Martin Luther.  What caught my attention is a revisit to Tuomo Mannermaa’s intriguing work, Christ Present in Faith: Luther’s View of Justification (Fortress, 2005).  Luther, according to Mannermaa, held that a believer’s experience of Christ in saving union is crucial to faith. The reason for mentioning this is | Read More…

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