“I need you”

“I need you” are three words that link us together. But they can carry different meanings. One as a simple call for help in moving a table. Another may be more profound, as in an employer’s invitation for us to accept a job. Or, for another, a heart-to-heart marriage proposal. Context is everything.  Let’s consider, …

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Jesus as attractive

Jesus is the most attractive man in human history. No one matches him in the qualities we all want and need in a person. He’s incomparable, even if most of the world ignores him. Even when many Christians will view this claim as a teasing overstatement. Which is why we need to pause and reflect …

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Jesus was right

When a voice in the crowd asked Jesus about his greatest priority he answered with a defining call from the Torah: “Love God.” And, as its direct corollary, “Love your neighbor.” His answer still alerts us to God’s overflowing Triune love. And we get to respond to him with our own love. The apostle John …

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An Affective, Compatible Faith

I first ran into debates between Calvinists and Arminians as a young Christian. Here’s a brief overview. The Calvinists insisted that God’s sovereign rule is behind the doctrine of election. God alone choses the “elect”—those selected, unconditionally, for salvation—and all others face eternal damnation. The Arminians, on the other hand, thought this made God into …

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Steady

Haystack Rock is a monolith at the ocean edge in Cannon Beach, Oregon. It endures constant waves from the ocean side while on its beach face tourists can usually walk up to its base. I envision something like Haystack when I read about rocks of refuge in the Bible. David, for one, wrote of God …

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Finding Voice

Antwuan Malone is black. He’s a pastor. He loves Jesus. And in an online interview this Friday he asked listeners an important question. Why has the church been so passive—so silent—during the national upheaval of recent days?  I shared the question so his voice was encouraging and stirring. In the welter of angry speeches and …

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