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The Great Exchange

In his fine book, Who is Jesus?, Greg Gilbert reminds us that in the aftermath of Adam and Eve’s sin, God promised that he would act to save humanity by sending another Representative, another Adam to stand in their place and, this time, win salvation for them. It’s an amazing moment of hope when God […]

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One of Us

Once you begin to understand that Jesus is in fact God, and that he is in a unique and exclusive relationship with God the Father, you also begin to understand that if you want to know the God who created you, then you need to know Jesus. There’s just no other way. This is why […]

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It is I AM

In his Gospel, Matthew notes numerous miracles of Jesus, beginning in chapter four through chapter fourteen. He healed all the sick (4:24). He cleansed a leper (8:1-4). He cured a Roman centurion’s servant (8:5-13). He cooled a fever (8:14, 15). He stilled the wind (8:23-27). He exorcised demons (8:28-32). He restored a paralytic (9:1-8). He […]

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King of kings

The story of Jesus is not the story of a good man. It is the story of a Claimant to the Throne. We began this series by asking the question Jesus asked of his disciples: ‘Who do you say that I am?’ (Matt. 16:15). We then started a journey understanding who Jesus is, indeed. First, […]

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An Extraordinary Man - and then Some!

Demonstrating how difficult it is for us to let go of our false notions and wrong understandings of religious ideas, Douglas O’Donnell reminds us of a story Plato tells in an ancient writing. He writes: “In the ‘Republic,’ Plato tells a philosophical parable about a group of humans who have lived in “an underground, cave-like […]

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Who Do You Say I Am?

“Americans apparently want Christ, but they do not want him straight” (Robert Detweiler). In his outstanding book, Jesus Made in America, Stephen Nichols begins: “It was Billy Sunday who, in addition to saving thousands of souls and raising millions of dollars for the war effort in the late 1910s, snarled, ‘Turn Hell upside down and […]

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The Way Back

Cornelis Plantinga, Jr., in his book, Beyond Doubt, writes that, ‘People tend to make two mistakes when they think about the redeemed life. The first is to underestimate the sin that remains in us; it’s still there and it can still hurt us. The second is to underestimate the strength of God’s grace; God is […]

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There is a Way Out

G. K. Chesterton once received a request from a newspaper to write an essay on the topic, ‘What’s wrong with the world?’ He replied in an exceedingly short letter of response, ‘I am.’ Sincerely yours, G.K. Chesterton. Chesterton acknowledges that the world itself is affected by our flaws. ‘The circle of life’ is in some […]

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Our ‘Not-So’ Secret Resource

A great military disaster of the early Middle Ages was the defeat of the Knights of Charlemagne in the approach to a narrow defile in the Pyrenees. It is narrated in the ‘Song of Roland’. What makes the story so poignant is that the defeat was unnecessary. Roland, the commander of Charlemagne’s rear guard, could […]

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The Enemy

The New Testament view of the Christian is not only does he live in full joy of being God’s child, he needs to live in full armor as a soldier in the army of Jesus and he is going to be in the front line of the army as it makes advance in the world […]

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