The Masculine Gospel: All Girls Allowed

“Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God” (Gal 4.7). The gospel of Jesus Christ is decidedly masculine but it is neither discriminatory nor chauvinist.  In fact, the glory of the gospel is wrapped up in its masculinity rightly understood.  Given the context of Scripture and the people among which the gospel spread, we want a masculine gospel. God […]

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You Can Go Hungry by Christ’s Strength

“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4.13) We love Bible verses that seem to amplify our abilities.  I love anything that tells me I have greatness inside me.  And if God himself tells me I can shoot for the stars then, well, who is to argue?  If Jesus strengthens me to do “all things” then the sky’s the limit on what I should expect and […]

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10 Reasons You’re Not Getting a Measly Mansion

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Did Jesus promise to build each of his followers a mansion for their eternal enjoyment?  After all, Jesus is God and was a carpenter.  Our God also builds houses?  He must be able to build us the best mansions the universe has ever seen.  We all have our dream home.  What could be better than having God design a city whose golden streets are lined with dream homes Jesus built […]

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Growing Up Roe

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I was born in October 1973.  That means I was conceived (yuk!) sometime in January 1973 when seven Supreme Court justices gave birth to twins: Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton.  On January 22, 1973, Roe was born just minutes before Doe.  And abortion became a constitutional right that day. You could say we have all grown up together in the neighborhood. They have accomplished far more than I have in […]

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Talking Jesus in a Texting World

Jesus walked.  He walked a lot. Always headed somewhere for someone, but never in a hurry.  Always busy but never rushing.  He wandered and meandered (like a pilgrim), prayed and taught (like a Master).  Son of Man, Son of God.  Roving and loving. The Way stopped along the way because no one was ever in the way.  He doubled back and backtracked but was never sidetracked.  He passed by and […]

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Seeing Jesus in a Selfie World

For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ (2 Cor 4.6). We could define generations by the new terms and catchphrases they (bit)coin. We could almost trace history solely using Oxford’s additions to its dictionary. The War. The Crash. The Bomb. The Pill. Watergate. […]

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Eternal Lessons After Seven Days in Indonesia

In November 2016 I tagged along with a Catalyst Missions team to Kupang, Indonesia (across the Timor Sea from Australia). Indonesia is as beautiful as it is Muslim.  In fact, at 200 million adherents it’s the largest Muslim populated country on earth. It was my first ever international trip, much less international missions trip.  I was like a newborn discovering for the first time details that soon become familiar.  It wasn’t just an […]

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God Declared Forgiveness Before He Declared War

Zacharias was an old man (Lk 1.7).  A really old man (Lk 1.18).  His wife was also, shall he say, “advanced in years.”  (That’s a good lesson for godly husbands.  We may get old but our wives only “advance in years.”) Having a child at their age was biologically impossible.  We could excuse Zacharias for being skeptical.  But, God didn’t.  Gabriel muted him for nine-plus months (Lk 1.20). Zacharias had […]

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Incense Rising: The Aroma of Israel’s Fertility

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“But the angel said to him, ‘Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will give him the name John.  You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth.  For he will be great in the sight of the Lord; and he will drink no wine or liquor, and he will be […]

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New Year Resolution: Better “Out Loud Time”

It’s that time of year again.  Resolutions.  The New Year welcomes full gyms and empty bank accounts. For many Christians it also brings more attention to Bible-reading/devotional plans and “quiet time” discipline. I certainly hope to be more diligent in that respect. The “quiet time” has become stock language for Christians. By it we mean that dedicated time/space where we are alone with God in Scripture and prayer. Drawing from […]

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