Category Archives: Salvation

Blind Spots

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The Chicago Tribune has featured recent articles on cultural blind spots. “That is, everyone is missing a cultural puzzle piece – a movie, a TV show, a museum, a play, a record, etc..” I’m not too worried about missing a … Continue reading

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Advent Anticipation

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When I was a kid, Advent was always marked by an Advent Calendar. My siblings and I took turns opening the tiny door each day, and we appreciated the surprise inside. The real treat, however, was that Christmas was one … Continue reading

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Beautiful Grace

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Our daughter once told us of a friend who felt that God was punishing her for disobeying him many years ago, and my dad and I both said, at the same time, God doesn’t work that way. I’m grateful that … Continue reading

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Are You Rightly Understanding Jesus?

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My son-in-law is from Brazil, therefore English is his second language and he doesn’t always understand our idioms.  At a family birthday party recently a family member said to him, speaking of his one-year-old son who had not managed a … Continue reading

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God’s Highest Willingness

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“Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance.  It is laying hold of his highest willingness.”  Archbishop Trench I find this quote extremely helpful.  My prayers are often based on an unspoken assumption that God must be convinced to answer.  He is not reluctant to answer … Continue reading

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Remind Yourself of what Jesus did for You Every Day

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Do you know what Jesus did for you?  You might know that he died for your sins and that if you follow Him you will go to heaven when you die, but do you know that He gives you power and forgiveness … Continue reading

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Fearful Power and Ferocious Love

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“Nature is an awful lot more powerful than we are.”  New York’s Mayor Bloomberg in an AP article. The devastation left by Sandy’s power is difficult to comprehend.  I can only grieve with those who suffered losses of all kinds and pray for the strength … Continue reading

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The Shape of Jesus’ Words and Witness

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Imagine that you live in the region of Galilee during the first century and that you’ve been hearing about someone named Jesus who is said to have good news.  He reportedly teaches about the kingdom of God, heals diseases and casts out … Continue reading

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Playground Arguments and Cultural Conversations (Part 3): The Influence of Christ

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Picture the US as a pluralistic playground on which people holding very different value systems live, work and play together.   Without a common value system, who decides what is “fair” and what is “foul?” In my last post I suggested that entertainment and politics are two powerful … Continue reading

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How Good is Good Enough?

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What is the standard against which we measure ourselves? In athletics, it is the latest world record.  This is nicely demonstrated by the AT&T commercials in which a young athlete watches a record-setting race on her smart phone, writes down her new goal, and … Continue reading

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