A Simple Gospel

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My recent blogs on our confusion about declaring and defending the gospel prompted one supporter to write me back. While he applauded my overall point, he opined some Christians – even pastors - seem to be confused about the simplicity of the gospel. He referenced a recent memorial service, led...

Brokenness

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A theme in my preaching ministry over the past few months has been the power of forgiveness. My messages have considered two aspects of this subject – we need God’s forgiveness and we must forgive others. The best one-word description of the response is “intense.” Dozens of people have lined up...

Tossing tables

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Jesus models a perfect balance of authority and judgment with compassion and winsomeness. In the Palm Sunday narrative, just after Jesus arrived at the Temple, he flipped tables and rebuked merchants for creating a market in a house of prayer (Matt. 21:1-17). Jesus announced, “It is written” to...

Hope in the new year

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Spending several days during the holidays with four grandchildren under age three caused me to think about our world, their future, and my perspective on what their world may be like when they are my age. Despite my natural optimism, the overall trajectory of current events, the overwhelming...

Passion Week

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Coptic Christians in Egypt are mourning the death of 44 friends and family members who died in two separate church bombings on Palm Sunday. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Hooked

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Americans are hooked – on drugs both legal and illegal. We are so desperate to self-medicate we celebrate drinking as a social necessity and legalize marijuana as a means to raise tax revenue.

Pentecost in Anaheim

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This past weekend, the Harvest Crusade happened for the 27th year at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California. Pastor Greg Laurie and Harvest Community Church have been the driving force behind this movement, with 200 other churches partnering with them this year.

It Really Happens

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Easter is coming! Christians – devout and nominal alike – will gather in droves this coming weekend to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It’s the most significant tenet of our faith and the central event in human history. Imagine – a dead man coming back alive!...