Category Archives: Theology

In Song and Picture: Light for the Way

Over the next month-plus leading up to Easter, I’m going to publish a series of song-and-picture-group pairings based on different themes. My hope is that the music, lyrics, and visual art will combine to call you into deeper reflection on … Continue reading

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Three upcoming observances in the church year

This Wednesday the church will be entering the season of Lent, a time of spiritual preparation in which we journey with Jesus in his passion, reflecting on the depth of his love and the meaning of his sacrifice and renewing … Continue reading

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Vintage Jesus, Part 11: Why Did Jesus’s Mom Need to Be a Virgin?

This twelve-part series outlines the “Vintage Jesus” sermons of Mark Driscoll. See part 1 here. For a more succinct answer to this question, I refer you to the article “The Glory of His Virgin Birth” by David Mathis.   “I … Continue reading

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Vintage Jesus, Part 10: Why Did Jesus Come to Earth?

This twelve-part series outlines the “Vintage Jesus” sermons of Mark Driscoll. See part 1 here. 3:29: To do the will of God, who sent him to earth as a missionary (John 6:38, 8:42) 4:20: To do everything anticipated in the … Continue reading

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African Names of Jesus

He is the one who cooks his food in huge palm-oil pots. Thousands of people have eaten, yet the remnants fill twelve baskets. If we leave all this, and go wandering off— if we leave his great gift, where else … Continue reading

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Roundup: Childlike faith, benediction, WWI art, and a poem

“Four Ways Children Do Faith Better Than Adults” by Stephen Mattson: Curious, honest, passionate, excited, adventurous. Oh, to have faith like a child! “Benediction: To Hear a Good Word” by Justin Ruddy: The benediction is a liturgical element that I … Continue reading

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The Holistic Gospel of Christ

“One of the things I do when I meet people is ask them, ‘What is Christianity?’ Undoubtedly half will respond, ‘A relationship with Jesus.’ “That is wrong. The gospel cannot be merely a private transaction. God didn’t break through history, … Continue reading

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Vintage Jesus, Part 8: What Makes Jesus Superior to Other Saviors?

Despite the controversy that continually follows Mark Driscoll and that reached a crescendo last week with his removal from the Acts 29 Network, I will continue to post from this sermon series of his, which has five more segments, because … Continue reading

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Join the Bible Project

For those of you who have ever struggled to present the storyline and major themes of the Bible to someone who’s unfamiliar with them—or even just to grasp them yourself—a new series of animated videos that are in development will … Continue reading

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“Blest Be the Lamb” by Sojourn

Sojourn Community Church is a nondenominational multicampus church in Kentucky that has a thriving music ministry. Out of it has come nine albums, which can be purchased on the church’s music site, or wherever tunes are sold. Here’s just one … Continue reading

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