Category: Sin and Salvation

NobleWear

What would it be like to have a closet full of NobleWear? Imagine having slacks and shirts that made us morally bulletproof—so that when we wear our selected items everything we do would be pure and blameless. Think of Nathanael, for instance, when Jesus spotted him and, without having ever met him, said, “Look, a …

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A New Way

This entry repeats the article posted at Cor Deo – please offer any responses on that site The early church father, Irenaeus, offered bread for hungry hearts. Here’s something from him I find helpful in coming to a new year. He wrote sometime around AD 180. “God recapitulated in Himself the ancient formation of man, …

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A question

Who rules the world? God? Or Satan? This question, if we’re honest, has a very high cringe factor these days. The first wince comes with the premise that the world is ruled by supernatural powers. Then to set it out as a binary opposition—that only God or Satan rule, with no other options—the question feels …

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Broken

This post was first published on the Cor Deo website. If you choose to respond I’d love for you to respond on that site. To go there please click here. Yesterday over lunch Matt, a global minister who serves in Germany, shared something important. Brokenness, he commented, is something we all experience in a fallen …

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Victims?

All of us have been victims of sin. We’ve been hurt by what others have done to us, said to us, or withheld from us. We’re all damaged in some measure as a result. And, if we’re honest, we know that we’ve also hurt others. We may have apologized, or we may have simply walked …

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Bonding

Relationships define us. Yet most of us share a common sense assumption that we exist as self-defined and self-directed individuals. This unshakeable premise grows out of a shared human experience: that we live and move on the basis of inward, personal deliberations. Even the quiet and private moment of reading just now can be seen …

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The Divine Last Laugh

I’m struck with the lack of overt humor in the Bible, especially given how often we readers tend to treat delight and laughter as one and the same. Yet the Bible avoids linking God to laughter even though it speaks of his delight and joy. So joy, yes, but laughter, no. Irony, yes, laughter, no. …

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