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How Reading is Fundamental to Fulfilling the Cultural Mandate Today

To dwell in theory and abstraction serves as one of Christianity’s most tempting and crippling sins. Thinking is easy; working is hard. As the insightful Don Chaffer sings, we are far too often “long on diagnosis and short on cure.” … more »

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Let’s Start at the Very Beginning (Again)

We all live our life by some narrative, even if it’s only “I owe, I owe, so off to work I go.” The narrative frames the activity and gives it meaning.  Of course, most of us have lived our lives … more »

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Missio on Restoration (Revelation 21:22-22:6): The Undying Lands

“Is everything sad going to come untrue?” ― J.R.R. Tolkien J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy is, in many (if not all respects), one of the greatest stories ever written. The fairy tale land of Middle-Earth bears a … more »

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Missio on Restoration (Revelation 21:22-22:6): Get Dirty

And one day when the sky rolls back on us Some rejoice and the others fuss Cause every knee must bow and tongue confess That the Son of God is forever blessed His is the Kingdom, we’re the guests So … more »

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Missio on Restoration (Revelation 21:22-22:6): All Things New

Late last year, the Academy Award winning film, “The Big Short,” hit theaters across the world. It tells the story of the 2008 housing market meltdown. In short, this rendition of the crisis pits Wall Street bankers and federal regulators … more »

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Missio on Story (Hebrews 11:32-28): Breaking The Hold Of Darkness

The author of Hebrews sends a poignant message to his readers when concluding the famous “Hall of Faith” passage: by faith the saints overcame. When picking out memorable biblical passages, this one should top the list, as it summarizes God’s … more »

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Missio on Story (Hebrews 11:32-28): “What More Can I Say?”

Sometimes, humans can be stubborn.  Most times, humans will be stubborn.  I have always had to fight the temptation of pride.  When I was younger, I would be under the impression that my way of doing something was the best … more »

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Missio on Story (Hebrews 11:32-28): Once Upon A Time…

Since we were toddlers, people have told us stories.  Almost every child knows the phrase, “Once Upon a Time…”  Storytelling is in our nature.  We love the adventures, the unexpected twists, a little bit of trouble, and especially the happily-ever-afters. … more »

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Missio on Calling (1 Corinthians 7:17-24): Follow The Light

Paul’s advice to the Corinthians stings more this morning than it has before. As I sat down to write this reflection, my phone blew up with texts from my sister, Kelsey. The little boy she cares for, Ethan, unexpectedly passed … more »

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Missio on Calling (1 Corinthians 7:17-24): On Contentment

I am convicted by this passage on leading the lives to which we are called, specifically in the area of comparison and the “grass is always greener” mentality that so often plagues me.  In verse 17, it is stated very … more »

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