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Preaching and Pottering

So I finally did it.  I mentioned the Harry Potter books in a sermon this morning.  And, beyond that, I gladly acknowledged that I have read them and am currently rereading them.  And, even beyond that, I (again, gladly) read … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day – Whimsical Post (with Some Wisdom Thrown in)

I am in no way taking the credit (or the blame) for the piece posted below.  I do recall coming across this amusing list of “Biblical ways to find a wife” from some years ago.  But I found it reposted with … Continue reading

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What If I Saw Things the Way God Does?

That’s not a bad question with which to start.  If I could only know and took to heart how the living God saw things (and sees them now), it would transform what I esteem and value.  It would upend what … Continue reading

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The Providence of the Irish (Part 2)

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Patrick was uniquely suited for communicating the timeless universal message of the gospel to this particular time and place.  And the Irish were particularly suited for the saving of Western Civilization and, even more…

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The Providence of the Irish (Part 1)

Originally posted on Hope Walks Blog:
St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th is near.  Now for many of us, the mentioning of St. Patrick brings the question, “Isn’t he the guy on the Lucky Charms box?”  And, along with that, the…

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Mary’s Song (And How It Can Be Ours)

And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he … Continue reading

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Suggestions for Advent Reading

Advent means waiting, waiting for the coming of the Christ.  Through the course of Church History, this waiting has meant a longing with a reference to the past (the Incarnation), the present (His Spirit), the future (His return).  The Advent … Continue reading

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Tell Me What’s Wrong

Psalm 60 is a lament.  Israel’s life in the land was under threat by her neighbors.  The title connects the psalm to a military campaign described in 2 Samuel 8:13-14, a campaign which Israel won in a great victory over … Continue reading

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Clearing the Air on the Old Testament Law

“What is the relationship between the Old Testament and the New Testament?” “Does the Mosaic Law have anything to say to the modern Christian?” “You can’t possibly take Leviticus seriously, can you?” I’ve heard these questions (and many like them) … Continue reading

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Supplements for the Weary Anxious Heart

I’ve been mulling over some things pertaining to God’s goodness and greatness, His might and mercy, His wisdom and ways.  And my need to be ever steeping in those realities. Apparently, I’m not alone in this. Case in point, the … Continue reading

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Serving Jesus (and Others) in Troubling Times

I don’t usually just paste things in from other sources here but today’s piece from the C. S. Lewis Institutes warranted an exception.  See below… In 1947, C.S. Lewis received a letter from Don Giovanni Calabria, a priest living in … Continue reading

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Cutting through It

There are times one must simply cut through the haze of muddled thinking.  Or have someone help us do it.  C. S. Lewis has long been a guide for me through such fog.  In his sermon, “A Slip of the … Continue reading

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Let It Snow

Well, I suppose the title gave me away.  I like snow.  I like the look, the feel, the novelty, and the memories it brings.  I like thinking back to the days of yesteryear and the evenings spent on my Radio … Continue reading

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2014 Book List – Part Three

The Pastor’s Kid (Barnabas Piper) – I learned of this in an interview with the author, the son of John Piper, on a podcast, Steve Brown, Etc.  While some of what he had to convey was clearly a product of … Continue reading

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2014 Book List – Part Two

Get Real (John Leonard) – I heard an interview with the author on Steve Brown, Etc. and was hooked.  The basic thrust of the book is that as the gospel grabs our hearts it will also flow out of our lives … Continue reading

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2014 Book List – Part One

Once again, I’ve pulled together a list of the books I’ve read over the last twelve months.  That is, books that were not related to sermon preparations and such.  Perhaps if you got some gift cards for Christmas, you might … Continue reading

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Animal Rights Gone Wild

Here’s your quote for the day: If they (the animal-rights movement) established through culture or law that human beings have no intrinsic dignity greater than any animal, the world would not be a better place for either humankind or animal. … Continue reading

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Longing for the Peace of Christmas

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled … Continue reading

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Throw Out the Bucket List

A few things I said this past Sunday, reflecting on Romans 8:18-25, the Christmas pronouncement of “good news of great joy” and the sure hope of all things being made new – partly now, fully then… This is not all … Continue reading

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Assurance We Need at the Start of a Week

Jesus is fully God and fully man.  He has walked this earth and ascended to the right hand of the Father.  Those are extraordinary truths.  But what, practically speaking, do they mean?  Or, if I may put it crassly, what … Continue reading

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