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What is truth?

John the Apostle inspires us with his summation of Jesus. The first chapter of John’s gospel has kept the minds and pens of theologians busy for two thousand years. Perhaps more importantly, these Holy Spirit-guided words have helped believers and not-yet believers see the glory of Jesus.  When John says that he and others saw […]

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What to do when church members question elections

Originally written im November 2021. How does voter fraud happen? How could mail-in voting lead to voter fraud? How could election fraud lead to voter fraud?  How could foreign interference lead to voter fraud? Do Americans still believe in the electoral system? 5 principles to help pastor doubtful voters “Can we really trust our elections?” […]

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Anchor points

I suspect you have some anchor points of truth and encouragement that stick in your soul.  When I was in the eighth grade, the vice principal of the school told me that the most revered teacher on the campus called me “a guy who takes care of his business” in a private conversation they’d had.  […]

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What we’re reading: “Stott on the Christian Life: Between Two Worlds”

John Stott never became as famous as his friend Billy Graham, yet he was so beloved and influential that one observer joked that if evangelicals elected a pope, it would probably be Stott. Tim Chester’s book Stott on the Christian Life: Between Two Worlds is a worthy introduction to this giant of the faith, with […]

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Coming down the mountain, again

I am the neighborhood loser. I took down my Christmas lights two days after Christmas. I was the first, or one of the first, on my street to remove them. My tree was sitting on the curb too.  These are the unmistakable signs that we have declared Christmas is over. As I put my lights […]

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A psalm that defines our present and glimpses our future

What is your sense of things going into Christmas 2021?  Unrest from Covid-19, variants, natural disasters, political partisanship, geopolitical tension, culture wars, and ministry strain all seem a little calmer and quieter to me, but I could be totally wrong.  Even if I’m right in my assessment, I still sense an uncomfortable uncertainty rumbling beneath […]

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What we’re reading: “The Intolerance of Tolerance” by D. A. Carson

D. A. Carson, a distinguished theologian and author, got the idea for his book The Intolerance of Tolerance on the college lecture circuit. Whenever he spoke on the subject, the crowds were large and the discussion lively. Eventually, as he continued to mull over the topic, he realized he had to put his thoughts into […]

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What we’re reading: “Hope Always: How to Be a Force for Life in a Culture of Suicide”

Dr. Matthew Sleeth’s book Hope Always: How to Be a Force for Life in a Culture of Suicide is timely around the holidays, but not for the reason you might think. Suicides don’t increase at Christmas—that’s a myth—but they do spike on New Year’s Day, a warning of things to come. “In the coming year, […]

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Forgive us our Christmases

Christmas 2021 is nine days away!  Have you heard the prayer, “Father, forgive us our Christmases, as we forgive those who Christmas against us”?  I hope you don’t need to pray that prayer of mercy for yourself or toward others, but chances are you do, or you will, by the time we get to December […]

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Three weekend thoughts

Over the weekend and in recent days, I’ve come across some ideas that might be helpful to you as we move toward Christmas and the launch of a new year.  Life and ministry on planet Earth are always a mixed bag.  I hope you had a great Sunday of worship, fellowship, and service. There’s nothing […]