Death by Analytics (Why Stats Choke the Life Out of Your Church)

Biblical Meditations, Church Life, Galatians

“but they desire to have you circumcised so that they may boast in your flesh” (Gal 6.13). Baseball has its BABIP (batting average on balls in play).  Basketball has its PER (player efficiency rating).  Football has its AYPA (adjusted yards per attempt). “Analytics” has taken professional sports by storm.  Calculus before coaching.  Algorithms over experience. […]

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August 21, 2015

Jesus Makes Nothing out of Something (and That Means Everything)

Biblical Meditations, Christian Life, Church Life, Galatians, The Gospel, Theology

Paul wrote Galatians to confront and combat the attempted Judaization of the church.  Such was arguably the backdrop behind many of the New Testament letters. Intoxicated by the air of religious supremacy, Jews sought to enslave (Paul’s word for it) Gentiles under the burdensome yoke of Torah (cf. 4.7, 25; 5.1). Anyone wanting to be part […]

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February 7, 2015

How Can a Sinless God Sympathize with Guilty People?

1 & 2 Corinthians, Biblical Meditations, Christian Life, Galatians, Matthew, The Gospel, Theology

As part of God’s sanctifying providence Christians must endure difficult seasons of frustration. Some will be brief and others lengthy, but they will all test our affections and whittle away our worldliness. Our questions will not always be about God’s power or authority but about his care. Will he indeed mend the wounds he is […]

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September 9, 2014