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It's all around us at every moment, yet we never see it. It runs through us, in every thought, every gesture, every strand of DNA. It is present in every great world event, in every circumstantial triviality, in ever beat of every heart. It is the presence of God. The...
  Christians talk a lot about being “filled with the Spirit,” but what does that actually mean? And how is it accomplished? Paul’s command to “be filled with the Spirit” in Ephesians 5:18 is intriguing. The form of the verb “filled” that Paul uses is what’s called a present passive imperative....
  Jesus is Lord—over all of life! Unfortunately, many Christians fail to consider the implications of Jesus' lordship over anything other than their church life. This is particularly true when it comes to a person's educational and career choices. David Kinnaman, in his recent book You Lost Me, explains some startling...
It's easy to be grumpy about all of the denominations in the church. If we're supposed to be united as the body of Christ, then why do we have Baptists and Presbyterians and Methodists and Lutherans and Episcopalians and Evangelical Free Churches and Assemblies of God a host of...
I can remember looking forward to the day when I would have kids with whom I could have theological conversations. Not that this was the reason I wanted kids, I just thought it would be exciting to teach my heirs some amazing theology. My daughters are now three and five...
I want to share a brief and simple thought that helps me worship. Many centuries ago, Augustine wrote (as a prayer to God): No part of your creation ever ceases to resound in praise of you. Man turns his lips to you in prayer and his spirit praises you. Animals...
On this day 1,982 years ago the men and women who had devoted their lives to following Jesus for the previous three years locked themselves in a room and brooded in despair and fear. Their Lord, the one they thought was the Messiah, was dead. Some of them had...
Social media is a huge blessing. I have not been shy about praising social media platforms like Facebook and Pinterest and also smartphones themselves, which are our primary portal to social media. Many aspects of social media provide us with the opportunity to be better friends, better citizens, better humans. And...
For the last fifteen years, I've pretty much had only one answer to the question, "How are you doing?" It's always: "Tired." Or maybe, "Busy, tired. But good!" As far as I can tell, this is the standard answer to the question. How are Americans doing? They're tired. When I started...
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Nothing like this had ever happened before. In the beginning, there was God. And nothing else. Not an empty space and an endlessly ticking clock. Just nothing. No space. No time. Space and time are included under the heading...
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