God’s Word for the New Year

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An inerrant Bible that remains unread & unheeded is no better than one that is filled with errors. In other words, what difference does it make if we have an inerrant, infallible Bible if we are unwilling to give ourselves to its study and cultivate a submissive obedience to it’s precepts and doctrines? I fear…



Some Thoughts on the Duck Dynasty Controversy

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How should Christians respond to the fact that A&E indefinitely suspended Phil Robertson for declaring that homosexuality is a sin? Should we be outraged? We should always be outraged by sin. Should we boycott A&E? We all have to choose which businesses we can and cannot support in good conscience. Should we point out that…



The Holy Spirit (Part 3): “Will be in You”

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(See also Part 1 and Part 2 of this series on the Holy Spirit.) This post gives a few more reflections on the nature of the work of the Spirit in the New Covenant. This time the focus is on Jesus’ words about the work of the Spirit from John 14. In verses 16, 17 we read, “And…



Book Mini-Reviews

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I am taking a short break in my series on the Sabbath to make a few comments on some books that I have been reading and interacting with lately. My goal is both to introduce some new (and not so new) books and to help readers avoid books that aren’t worth their time. I also hope…

  

Review of iGods by Craig Detweiler

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We live in an amazing day of technological wonders. Personal computers, the Internet, smart phones and tablets have all contributed to the marvels that help us manage our days. But, as Neil Postman warned us in Technopoly (1992), for every upside we gain from technology, there is a potential downside. Unintended consequences can, over time,…



Santa Claus, the Gospel and the Church

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It happened again last week. On Thanksgiving morning I received an email from a friend of a friend. The first line read, “It appears I am being forced out of my pastorate.” The story that unfolded in the rest of that email and upon further inquiry is filled with themes that are tragically too common….