Born…again!

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A Slightly Philosophical Amazement at Birthdays Today is my 53rd natural birthday (No…this is not an April Fool’s joke; I…

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From the Inside Out

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On the Proper Order of Things Beliefs shape values. Values shape behavior. Behavior shapes the world. The world impacts us.…

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Is Hell Going Out of Business?

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On Speaking about Hell… Why don’t Christians talk About Hell? I have a few proposed answers that run something like:…

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On the Pensées

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One of my favorite philosophers and believers in Christ had much to say about the world he lived in and…

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Rejoice in the Lord Always!

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For “Mature” Viewers Only
We live amidst a broken world in broken bodies with broken souls. One need not look past the morning newspaper or an honest look at their own lives to find something in which to despair. Sadly, I know some chronologically “mature” believers who make it their life task to lament this world and its brokenness. They seemingly find no reason whatsoever to rejoice. Sure they know that God is perfectly in control and has only their best interests in mind, but their predominate communiqué tells another story. Paul’s admonishment in Philippians 4:8 apparently does not apply to them as they see only the false, ignoble, wrong, impure, unlovely, et al.

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Tragedy and Triumph

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Ruminations over Maunday Thursday, 2008
It’s Holy Week, Thursday, March 20, 2008. This is the day that Christians around the world remember the Last Supper and recall especially the deep grief Christ experienced over his impending arrest, trial, and crucifixion on a cross. And, just as the tragedy of the cross ended with triumph, this week has been filled with tragedy…and with triumph.

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The Blessing of Giving

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A New Kind of Christian [Egoism]
Lately I’ve been struck by how many seemingly mature Christians are “bent in on themselves” (to borrow from Martin Luther). While John Piper’s Christian hedonism, outlined in his now classic Desiring God, has merit (namely that believers are most satisfied with life when God is most glorified in them), I cannot get over how many I know who name Christ as Lord, but seemingly think only of themselves! It’s no surprise that those of this stripe are the least pleased with their life circumstances despite all the efforts to infuse pleasure into their existence.

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