Why Did God Keep You Alive Today?

Why did God keep you alive today? If you’re reading this, then I’ll just assume you’re alive. And if you’re alive, the Bible says it’s because God is keeping you alive (Heb 1:3). But why? As I’ve pondered this question, I’ve realized that it’s actually quite difficult to answer. Think

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Book Review: What is New Covenant Theology?

Blake White’s What is New Covenant Theology? is a helpful little book. It was written with the lay person in mind and is aimed at introducing the central concepts of New Covenant Theology (NCT). Each of the seven chapters address what White considers to be the distinctive features of this theological system. The

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God’s Formula for Spiritual Growth

On Sunday our church was privileged to hear from Gunner Gundersen as he preached from Ephesians 4:1-16 on God’s formula for Spiritual Growth. Here’s the Formula: Gospel Unity (4:1-6)  + Gifted Diversity (4:7-11, 16) + Active Ministry (4:12, 15-16) = Full Maturity (4:13-16) You can listen to full sermon here. What else do you

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Two Approaches to Suffering

I’m am currently reading and greatly enjoying Tullian Tchividjian’s latest book, Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free. In the introduction, Tullian points out two typical, and unhelpful, ways people tend to respond to suffering 1. Moralizing. This happens when we look for what we or others may have done

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Bono on Law and Grace

I ran across this quote the other day where U2’s leader singer, Bono, reflects on the glory of Grace in a world of Law. At the center of all religions is the idea of Karma. You know, what you put out comes back to you: an eye for an eye,

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You Were Created To Be Creative

I guess I’ve always been pegged as a creative. I’ve been a musician since I was young. I’ve written dozens of songs and performed with world-class musicians. Heck, I got my bachelors degree in, wait for it…Jazz Studies! Oftentimes, people look at me and place me a special category: creative.

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How to Grieve as a Christian

A little over three years ago I lost my mother to breast cancer. That was definitely the most difficult experience of my life. There are no words to explain the grief of watching your mother fade away. To see the one you’ve lived so much life with lying there lifeless.

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