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7 Days to Change Your Life: Interview with Dr. Josh Moody

Most of our readers are familiar with Dr. Josh Moody, Senior Pastor of College Church in Wheaton. Many know Josh as an articulate preacher and author. I’ve personally had the privilege of knowing Josh as a colleague and friend, and we continue to enjoy ministry partnership together in our little corner of DuPage County.  Josh’s PhD is in Theology[…]

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Courage to Stand

In April 1963, the nation’s attention was transfixed on Birmingham, Alabama, as thousands of black citizens, led by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) and Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, protested racial discrimination. Despite the non-violent principles of the movement, King was arrested on Good Friday and put in solitary confinement. Days later Eugene “Bull” Connor, the[…]

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The Fructification of Faith

Occasionally a congregant will give me tickets to the symphony. Such performances are impressive when you think that an orchestra consisting of so many individuals playing vastly different instruments can produce such a rhythmically coherent sound. It works because these musicians rely upon two crucial ingredients: a score, which explains the notes to play, and[…]

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Preaching Life in the Land of Exile

When many people hear the word “prophetic,” they typically imagine a sage explicating future events. Although prophets of old offered such prognostications, they were first and foremost “forth-tellers.” Prophets spoke on behalf of God. Throughout the Old Testament, prophets called God’s people to repentance and the nations to act justly. Whether it was Nathan confronting David with the[…]

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Praying the Heart of 1 Peter

A way to grasp the heartbeat of 1 Peter is by prayer. The following words are intended to do that around a prominent theme of the letter: dependance on God in the valley of suffering. Forgive, O God! Forgive the self-absorbed despair, the wallowing in self-pity of your people, When we don’t get the family we want.[…]

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Life in the New Year

Many people make it their policy to avoid discussion about death, even though it is certain to visit all of us. It is a simple fact that our lives move along a deathward trajectory. Thousands of people die each day, and it is the horizon before which we rise every morning. The Italian playboy Casanova[…]

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Why Christmas?

A Pottery Barn-like-glow emanating from the fireplace. The resplendence of tinfoil seraphs. The smile on a child’s face as she stands beside your bed at 4:33am with eyes that say, “Daddy, is it time yet?” These expressions of love-light gleaming are special gifts from God, enchanting and enriching our hearts; but they are not the reason for Christmas.[…]

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Looking for Christmas

In American culture, the weeks of Advent are teeming with parties, shopping, family gatherings, and the like. Men and women often work overtime to earn a little extra money to afford gifts. And when we finally drop into a chair to enjoy a moment of relaxation, the television unleashes upon us an onslaught of holiday-themed advertisements. What is the message?[…]

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The Ultimate Gift of Christmas

(Following is the homily I delivered at this year’s Lessons & Carols service) Do you remember? Can you recall Christmas of bygone years? After hanging glass ornaments on the freshly cut tree You inhaled the fragrance of pine or spruce Threads of tinsel and glass bulbs twinkled The resplendence of tinfoil seraphs A Pottery Barn-like-glow[…]

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The Salvation of Advent

As a teenager working in the mall during Christmas, I was the guy who ran products from the warehouse to the store clerks. This cavernous stockroom was 6,000 square feet and filled wall-to-wall with boxes. On one occasion, I found myself at the rear side of the windowless warehouse opposite the door when someone turned[…]

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