Faith

Resurrection Life

In church on Easter Sunday.  The sermon is about life. But more specifically, life in the resurrected body. When they are not hurting us, we don’t think of them.  When they’re shivering or sweating or aching, we dismiss them.  When they don’t embarrass us by tripping or stuttering, or missing that fly ball or limping […]

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Noise (Holy Week, #4)

Pilate addressed them once more, desiring to release Jesus, but they kept shouting, “Crucify, crucify him!” a third time he said to them, “why, what evil has he done?  I have found in him no guilt deserving death.  I will punish and release him.”  But they were urgent, demanding with loud cries that he should […]

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The Strange Case of Malchus' Ear

It was all very confusing, you see.  There was a scuffle, and a clash of metal, and torchlight bobbling and wobbling wildly—and then a scream.  Everything skidded to a halt for the moment; all eyes went to the poor man who found himself in the middle, now sobbing and clutching the side of his head.  […]

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The Accuser

Accuse my accusers, Yahweh; attack my attackers. Grip your shield and buckler—Up, and help me! Brandish your lance and pike in the face of my pursuers, Tell my soul, “I am your salvation.”        (Ps. 35:1-3, New Jerusalem Bible) I’ve never done a survey, but I would guess that at least one third David’s Psalms are […]

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Sunday Morning

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When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of his disciples, saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat.  Untie it and bring it here . . .”  […]

Dear Mr. Keller

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Early in March, Princeton Theological Seminary announced the winner of their annual Kuyper Prize for Excellence in Reformed Teaching and Public Witness: Tim Keller, long-time pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church (PCA) in New York City.  On March 22, Princeton President Craig Barnes announced that the prize would be revoked, due to a rising tide of objections […]

How to pray, #349 (more or less)

I say this prayer to you Lord, for at daybreak you listen for my voice; and at dawn I hold myself in readiness for you—             I watch.  For you.                     Psalm 5:3 When I pray, I usually find myself listening to me.  And it often doesn’t seem as though anyone else is listening.  But (thank […]

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Can We Talk?  What is Government, and What's It For?

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Janie and Charlotte continue our discussions from opposite sides of the political spectrum–but we’re doing it politely!  In this one we get philosophical. Janie: Some classic Christian traditions teach that from the beginning God ordained three organizational entities: the family, the civil government, and the church.  These three have their separate spheres of influence, which […]

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Happily Ever After for Real

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Is it a coincidence that so many fairy tales and traditional stories in the western tradition end with a wedding?  But they never continue with a marriage, beyond “and they lived happily ever after.” It’s as if the wedding itself is what the story was reaching for, even though it may have looked like the […]

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A Relationship . . . AND a Religion

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Look, I get it. The Christian faith offers friendship,* partnership,* fellowship* and even kinship* with God the Father through Jesus Christ our Lord.  If you grew up in church and heard this all your life it may be difficult to grasp how mind-bending this is.  But think about it: the Creator of the universe wants […]

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