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Feasting on Thankgiving

Helpful reminder here from Desiring God: When God commands us “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) he does not want some mere spiritual courtesy from us. It’s not like he needs our meager words of thanks or he’ll feel bad, like grandma might have. I believe God does feel bad if we don’t [...]

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The Most Ironic Part of Thinking About God

Where do you start if you want to learn about God? Do you start in nature? Do you begin with great philosophers of the past? Do you consider a poll of popular culture? Do you bring together the common beliefs from the major religions of the world? Most of us, when we want to think [...]

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What’s Better Than Jesus Beside You?

JD Greear answers that question: When it comes to the Holy Spirit, most evangelicals fall into one of two extremes. Some seem obsessed with him, relating to him in strange, mystical ways. Their experiences with the Spirit always seem to coincide with an emotionally ecstatic moment — triggered by a musical crescendo, the wail of [...]

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Repentance Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Jared Wilson: In Jesus’ day, the Jewish world was fractured into factions, each of which sought to usher in or live out the kingdom of God in its own way. The promised land was owned and ruled by Rome, and everybody had a take on how God might overthrow the oppressive occupation and establish the [...]

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Lewis, Clark, and the Gospel Exploration

In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson commissioned the Corps of Discovery, and named U.S. Army Captain Meriwether Lewis its leader. Lewis then selected William Clark as his partner. Their journey would take an arduous two years and would go up the Mississippi River, then west across the Continental Divide, eventually all the way to the west [...]

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The Seductive Song of Self-Pity

Her voice is soft and melodic; it’s sweet to the ear and soothing to the tired heart. She whispers not during the seasons of joy, but instead during those times of trial. When you’re tired and weary. When the responsibility is great, and when busyness abounds. I feel her scratch my itching ears with her [...]

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Breaking Out of Over-Education

Last week, I wrote a self-confessional post called “Is There Any Hope for the Over-Educated Christian?” The takeaway of the post was meant to say, yes, there is indeed hope for those of us whose knowledge outpaces our obedience, but we aren’t likely to begin to break out of the trap of over-education until we [...]

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How a Christian is Like a Little Child

Jonathan Edwards: The tenderness of the heart of a true Christian, is elegantly signified by our Savior, in his comparing such a one to a little child. . . . A little child has his heart easily moved, wrought upon and bowed: so is a Christian in spiritual things. A little child is apt to [...]

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Is There Any Hope for the Over-Educated Christian?

Is there any hope for the over-educated Christian? I hope so. For I am one. I live in an affluent area where the largest challenge to my faith is not persecution but instead materialism – the opposite prong on the same pitchfork. My playlist abounds with countless sermons and unbridled access to biblical teaching. I [...]

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Selfies Anonymous

What makes satire funny is the tinge of self-reflecting truth we find in it. Which begs the question: What can save us from… us? What can deliver us from this narcissism? What can rescue us from the affliction of self-obsession? How may we find rest from our destructive pride? Is it by choosing today to [...]

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