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The (S)Word-Wielder

Jesus, coming as a divine warrior to slaughter God’s enemies. How do we make sense of this vision of judgment in Revelation 19? Let’s sharpen the question: How can we reconcile this Jesus with the Jesus of Revelation 5, where … Continue reading

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“Confess and believe, and you will be saved!”

If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with … Continue reading

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“The Things that Make for Peace”

“Peace? Sure, we have peace. Jesus brings us peace with God. But no more war? Not in this world!” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this sentiment. Not necessarily in those exact words, but the idea has … Continue reading

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Politics and Power, the Jesus Way

Politics. I saw you cringe. It’s one of those topics not fit for polite conversation. It may be entertaining for some, intensely interesting for others, but for many it’s one of those “change the subject” kind of subjects. Okay, how about this? … Continue reading

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(Im)Possible Joy

I’ve always struggled with joy. If I were an ancient Roman, sitting in the office of the famed physician Galen, he would have diagnosed me as a “melancholic,” having an excess of black bile in my body. Likely he would … Continue reading

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Love, in the Flesh

We are created to love and be loved in the flesh. Heard. Seen. Touched. Held. Through thick and thin. You can think of the story of Scripture as the story of exactly this kind of love. In the beginning, God … Continue reading

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We are Called to Boldness

“They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness” (Acts 4:31). Pastor’s Notes: In the book of Acts the first followers of Jesus called themselves “the Way”: people of the way of Jesus, … Continue reading

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