Following the example of Mary at Christmas

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An apocryphal anecdote has been circulated for some time at my alma mater, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, regarding one of my former professors. The story goes that an erstwhile student of this professor once questioned him as to whether he ever gave pop quizzes. With a smile, this peculiar professor responded that he would give a pop quiz the … Read More

A Thought to Ponder at Thanksgiving…

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From its inception as a holiday, Thanksgiving has provided occasion to express gratitude for food, family, friends, freedom, and, more recently, football. Indeed, ask any Christian about the object of their appreciation this time of year, and their minds will most often drift to things like good health, stable employment, edifying relationships, etc. And such material things are blessings, aren’t … Read More

Combating a Sexualized Generation with a Biblical Theology of Sex

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Perusing the blogosphere recently, a disturbing headline caught my eye. A religion commentary on cnn.com disturbingly asserted, “True love doesn’t wait after all.” Now we all know blogs can tend towards sensational “Chicken Little” claims and arguments and statistics. But the data given in this article, which was itself a commentary on an earlier article appearing in Relevant Magazine, were … Read More

Preach robust theology, so that in tragedy, you don’t have to…

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Two years ago, a friend of mine from seminary experienced an incomprehensible tragedy. His almost two-year-old daughter—a surprise baby and their fourth child—began having seizures. A day or two later she died. A little girl—so full of life, so innocent—now dead and taken from her loving parents… As a father of three little boys—four, two, and four weeks old respectively—I … Read More

But God: A Meditation on Ephesians 2:1-7

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A dull mist creeps along the walls of the cave. The wisps meld with the ghostly shadows cast from few remaining streams of light creeping through the crevices of the entranceway. ephesians Concealed within the cavern lurks the unmistakable stench of death emanating from the cold, unmoving object sprawled in the floor. Coated with perfumes rendered ineffective by four days … Read More

The glory of the resurrected Christ: A meditation on Revelation 1

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A harsh gale blasted the rocky ledges of the beleaguered volcanic island. With thunderous breakers and salty gusts, a black Mediterranean maelstrom laid a stormy siege against lonely Patmos. The pervasive darkness ceded its dominion only to the ever-increasing flashes of erupting lightning. This ominous and violent array of illumination assaulted the senses with a mixture of light, chaos and fury. Somewhere … Read More

Meet My Friends, the Puritans

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Middle school was a crisis time for me. Bespeckled with Coke-bottle frames and sporting braces and a bowl-haircut, I was the poster-child for the socially awkward. What I longed for as a shy, self-conscious seventh grader was the proverbial “friend who sticks closer than a brother”—an encourager and advocate, someone who could speak comfort and counsel to my preteen circumstances … Read More