Archive for the ‘Theology’ Category

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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The Spasmodic Hercules

Tim Challies: This is our temptation in all areas of life: to look for the quick fix, to look for the one or the few great moments that will accomplish more than the hundreds or thousands of smaller moments. ÔÇťAnthony Trollope, the nineteenth-century writer who managed to be a prolific novelist while also revolutionizing the [...]

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Loaves, Fish, and Un-Self-Conscious Little Boys

A long time ago, Jesus said that if we want to come into the kingdom of God, we must become like little children (Mark 10:15). As a dad of three young kids, this stirs my soul. When I look at them and see the way they see the world, I get a sense of longing [...]

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The Glorious Freedom of Mattering… and Not Mattering

Sometimes I feel very, very small. I feel small when the tasks of the day – even simple tasks – seem to dwarf me when I consider the amount of patience, intelligence, or perseverance they will require. Or when I am able to pry my eyes off myself for a bit and gaze at the [...]

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The One Phrase That is Helping Me Embrace the Cost of Relationships

Every relationship you’re in is going to cost you something. If you’re a parent, you know it’s true – your relationship with your children is going to cost you some patience, some frustration, or some preference. That’s why we eat at Taco Bell – it’s not because the fare is delectable; it’s because that’s where [...]

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