Weekly Thoughts

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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Talking with Catholics about the Gospel

Today is the official release of my new book, Talking with Catholics about the Gospel, by Zondervan. With over 75 million Roman Catholics currently living in the United States, it is no surprise that many of our neighbors, friends, and coworkers identify themselves as Catholic. In this book, I provide an easy-to-follow introduction to basic[…]

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Onward Christian Strangers

Every once in a while I see a video on The Gospel Coalition that makes me think: our church would greatly benefit from this. Here is one. I’d encourage you to take time to watch it, if you can. Russell Moore is President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.[…]

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Trusting God in the Face of Death

Having performed a funeral today for my dear friend, Dr. Harry Hoffner, I find myself thinking about the challenge of trusting God in the face of death. There are numerous examples of such faith from the history of the church. I would like to present one example from the life of George Müller (1805 – 1898).[…]

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Death of a Friend

My dear friend, Harry Hoffner, died the other day. Our prayers go out to his sweet wife, Wini, and their family. Harry has been a good friend ever since he examined me for ordination ten years ago. At the top of my email inbox is an email from Harry, which I recently received. It was[…]

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On the Lord’s Side?

Then the LORD said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.” So the place has been called Gilgal to this day. On the evening of the fourteenth day of the month, while camped at Gilgal on the plains of Jericho, the Israelites celebrated the Passover. The day after the[…]

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Dangerous Christianity

Søren Kierkegaard (1813 – 1855) was a significant Danish philosopher who is widely considered to be the father of modern existentialism. A trenchant critic of the German thinker G. W. F. Hegel, Kierkegaard believed that the former’s philosophy poisoned the well of civil, ecclesial, and philosophical discourse. Kierkegaard saw the Church of his day as[…]

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Never Alone

Dale Ralph Davis (1944 – ), an honored professor of Old Testament, was called back into full-time pastoral ministry. He is well known for his lively devotional commentaries on Old Testament history books, such as Joshua, which combine thoughtful study with practical application. In Joshua 14, Caleb recalls how he and Joshua had stood alone[…]

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Power to Save

Pain and sorrow are disorienting. It’s like riding in a train car that seems to be moving forward, when you are actually moving backward, and suddenly you become aware of the real direction. We often experience such circumstances, watching beloved friends suffer, and occasionally walking through them ourselves. In such moments, we recognize with greater clarity our[…]

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Catholic-Evangelical Dialogue on Christian Mission: An Event

How can Roman Catholics and evangelical Protestants discuss the good news of Jesus? The following text of Scripture, in my humble opinion, should be at the forefront of our reflection: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of[…]

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