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Rejecting the Real Jesus

Expectations. Expectations. Have you ever gone to a dinner party, thinking it was casual attire, and everyone but you was dressed to a T – the men in suits and ties, the ladies in evening gowns and high heels? Or perhaps you were set up by a friend on a blind date, and this friend […]

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What Do You Think of Jesus?

When the apostle John was enabled to see into heaven, he could handle it. When he was enabled to see into hell, he could handle that too. But when he saw Christ, the risen and reigning Christ, he fainted away. And they were best friends during the Lord’s humility here on earth. But when John […]

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Christus Victor

The Christian faith is thoroughly miraculous. The Red Sea parted for Israel, Jesus was born of a virgin, healed diseases, and rose from the dead. Yet, some people get hung up on miracles. In 1804 Thomas Jefferson took a razor to his New Testament and cut out everything he found incompatible with his rationalism. Only […]

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Christ, the Rock

In his book, Who is Jesus? Greg Gilbert opens the chapter, ‘Lamb of God, Sacrifice for Man,’ with the following words: “John the Baptizer knew why Jesus had come, and he knew what Jesus would have to do in order to save his people. “Seeing Jesus walk down toward the Jordan River to be baptized, […]

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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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