Atonement Makes this Friday Good

Today is Good Friday.  What’s so good about the day Jesus of Nazareth was nailed to the cross?  Of course, many of us would say, “He died for our sins and that makes it Good Friday.”  As soon as we begin thinking or talking about why Jesus died we begin engaging in atonement theology.  Here’s what I walk […]

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Time is Manna

As my sabbatical draws near to its end I find myself pulled in two directions, both based on the same lie.  On the one hand, I want to get back to the work of shepherding, planning, preaching and sharing good news with people.  On the other hand, having the time to read, to pray, to […]

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Feel Better or Made Better

“In a revival of God’s work souls are born of the Spirit.  They do not merely feel better; they are made better.  There is a real change in their dispositions. The passionate become patient; the ambitious lowly, the proud humble and self-denying.  People are converted, not simply to a belief, but to God.  There is […]

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Machine or Personality

Some days I simply want a God who will tell me exactly what to do.  I must be getting old.  When I was younger I wouldn’t let anyone tell me what to do, let alone ask for someone to tell me what to do.  I was creative, idealistic, and full of endless possibilities.  Something happens […]

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