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The Italian Reformation of the Sixteenth Century

It was a privilege to participate in this year’s Wheaton Theology Conference where I addressed the role of Scripture in the Italian Reformation of the sixteenth century. Hearty thanks to Dr. Jennifer Powell McNutt for coordinating a fantastic event.

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Putting the New gods in Their Place

Following is a guest post from Dan Lindberg.  In last week’s post, I talked about the (not so) new paganism that we see in modern America.  While increasingly overt, there can be some subtleties as to how they operate in our world. But after revealing them for what they are, we are left with the[…]

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New Creation, New Thinking

Following is a guest post from Dan Lindberg.  Just as Jesus stepped out of a tomb into a whole new world, I’d like to use this post to invite you into a new world, a new world of thinking. Join me as we journey back in time. You’ve probably heard of the “sacred-secular” divide; but[…]

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Sermon on the Mount Series

The Protestant Reformers cried, “Post tenebras lux”—“After darkness, light”—to signal and celebrate the unleashing of gospel light into the world. Such light was revealed in the resurrection of Jesus, and, by the empowering presence of the Spirit, it is expressed through the radiant life and witness of Christ’s Body, the Church. Here is how Matthew[…]

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My Song Is Love Unknown

It will soon be Good Friday, a time to read Scripture, poetry, hymns, and events from church history that probe into the wonder of Jesus’ cross. One of my favorite poems is one that we’re planning to sing on Friday evening at New Covenant Church, My Song is Love Unknown. Let the lyrics sink into[…]

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The Hope-Inspiring Power of Divine Blessing

As we enter Holy Week this Sunday, we will naturally hear the familiar words, “God bless you.” Simple, direct, and intensely personal, it is more than sentiment; it is a theological act with potential to instill hope. We wish people God’s blessing so they will experience God’s blessing. When we say “God bless you,” the subject is[…]

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Learning from our Mentors

As the potter presses his clay, he has in mind a final design. Each spin of the wheel brings this design closer to reality. Scripture uses this pottery metaphor to describe our sanctification, “for we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works.” And in this life-long process the Spirit uses faithful pastors[…]

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Come O Lord

Imagine what it would look like if genuine gospel renewal came to your church. Just imagine! Can you see the building full on a weeknight to pray? Imagine elders, deacons, and other leaders of the church openly confessing their sins. Imagine long-standing conflicts between congregants settled by the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit. Imagine young[…]

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Renouncing Anxiety

A beloved relative is dying before your eyes; the syncopation of an EKG monitor punctuates each heartbeat. Bleep… Bleep… Bleep…. It’s not the sound of hospital equipment, however, that is dragging your soul into despair; it’s the conflicted thoughts and emotions swirling within. Beautiful memories from the past, tender and most lovely, are now terminated[…]

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This Valentine’s Day

Now that we have entered February, our thoughts naturally turn toward obtaining the proper gift for the one we love. It often begins with the question “what can I purchase”. . . perfume, Mikimoto pearls, galoshes? The challenge revolves around either getting the right thing or having a memorable experience, such as a candlelight dinner[…]

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