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The Evangel as Resistance

The good news of Jesus the Messiah is not necessarily good news to everyone. The Scriptures are replete with examples of how the Gospel (Greek: evangel) forces a decision from people for or against the Lord Jesus himself. As the Lord and his…
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The Shape of the Gospel, Part 2

The shape of the Gospel, as I argued in the prior essay, is real and rooted in the Person of Christ Jesus. The Christians did not invent the Gospel but sought to understand the depths and dimensions of the divine mystery of God’s Presence…
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The Shape of the Gospel, Part 1

One of truths which people in the modern era have tried their best to ignore (for they cannot eradicate it) is that the good news of Jesus Christ inherently possesses a certain “shape” that marks it off as unique. As an example, consider…
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The New in the Old

One of the distinctives of people and churches who are “evangelical” has always been submission to Scripture as God’s Word. Indeed, from the beginnings of Church history, regardless of differing conceptions about how to best interpret…

Rest and Virtue

The command to keep the Sabbath is not a reasonable one. This command made no sense to the ancient Romans and it makes little sense to us modern people—we who are enveloped in the pursuit of the next best piece of technology, addicted to the…
Truth-Telling and Sin

Redeeming Time

As He did in the beginning, God dividing day and night, So the Word (from the beginning) To the nighted world brought light. Dust became what God created; Mankind, now, would He put on. “Let it be as you have stated,” Mary birthed…
Redeeming Our Millennial Obsession

Mediums of Revelation

Thanks and praise are due to you holy Father! The wonder and challenge of Scripture’s Testimony draws me in to desire to hear you, To listen, to study, to meditate upon you word, And to receive in the spirit in your Presence.   There…

Why the Lord Jesus is the Center

Modern Western culture is in revolt from every form of received authority structure and thus no longer has any common truth which people can gather around. The mindset of the world is increasingly characterized by a splintering of classifications…
Resonance Vol 3.3

The Mystery of Our Religion

Paul makes a remarkable statement in writing to his son in the faith Timothy. This is one of those pithy theological statements, which are scattered through Paul’s letters, that remind me of a hymn of praise; these are either written by Paul…
Red Cliffs Park by Bob Wick

The Beauty of Biblical Revelation

I have been studying the Bible since I was a Junior in high school. Prior to that I had almost no interest in reading or making a serious study of the Bible. I had been exposed to Scripture as I grew up, through participation in churches, but…
Jesus' Two Earth Shaking Promises

Revival and/or Apostasy

Among some subsets of Protestant Christian communities I have sometimes heard pastors and authors insist that before the “last days” come (just prior to the “rapture” or the Lord’s physical return as King of heaven and earth) there…

Descending Beyond Transcendental Religion

I have had the extraordinary pleasure of being friends with people from Africa and the Middle East. In some cases they have been self-identifying Christians while others Muslims. In both cases I have seen embodied the embrace of life in the…
Reason, Faith, Heresy

Reason, Faith and Heresy

In the history of the Christian Church discussion reason, faith and heresy have often gone together. Off hand I recall a thread being woven between these three in the writings of Athanasius, Augustine, John Calvin and Jonathan Edwards. Thus,…

The Door of the Church, Part 2

There is a remarkable point of contact between the Lord’s disciples and those who do not believe the Gospel. That point is the need for “peace.” This is one of those terms has a variety of nuanced meanings but that is to be expected as…
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The Door of the Church, Part 1

We are creatures and thus we must go through a life-long process of learning about the physical world, ourselves and the culture(s) we are reared in. Being human is a wonderfully complex experience and it is fraught with dangers and potential…
Truth-Telling and Sin

The Core of Christian Orthodoxy, Part 2

Christian tradition is important to understand because it is an essential ingredient in the formation of the assumptions we make about spirituality. These assumptions can be more unconscious than conscious depending upon the individual. And…
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True Spirituality, Part 3

As sheltered as I was from the evil in the world and in society it did not take long for me to figure out that life is painful and difficult. I am convinced that God, as an act of sheer mercy, leads everyone to a point of coming to the end of…
The City - Arena of Tragedy and Hope

Coexist, Part 2

The Church, the people of God in the Lord Jesus, coexist on earth with unbelieving people. This fact reflects God’s purpose and design in expanding the Kingdom of God. Praise be to the Triune God! We who hold onto the practice of faith…