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“Do you know what would happen if the world suddenly stopped spinning?” I asked my kids during our morning Bible time. My 12-year-old consulted one of her favorite books What If: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions. 1 If the earth and all terrestrial objects...
The Christian life is full of risk taking. Simply being a Christian has often been cause enough for the executioner. But even where the cost comes short of shedding our blood, our lives--lived faithfully--will at some point beg the question, “What is the reason for the hope that you have...
Marriage has many enemies. It is so foundational to God’s design that we should not be surprised when the world, the flesh, and the devil rage against it. Marriage is a means to new life and order, a place where we learn about servant leadership and humble submission. It is the picture God...
Where our Lord deems it necessary, He accomplishes great good in our souls through trials of various kinds (1 Peter 1:6). But wherever great good is in the works, we can be sure that evil is lurking nearby (Romans 7:21). This is why Peter warns us to “Be sober-minded; be watchful." The...
Loneliness was perhaps among the most immediate consequences of the fall. Adam’s first new instinct was to hide from God and then to distance himself from his wife. After the pronouncement of the curse, they were directly driven out of the Garden, out of the presence of God (Gen 3). That...
Tradition is a word that evokes a wide range of emotion. Some think of traditions and feel safe and warm all over, while others would happily take the name Scrooge if it meant freedom from mindless monotony. But a tradition by itself does not find its value in how it makes us feel. Rather, its...
In Mark 9:24, we find the famous cry of the man who came to Jesus for healing for his son, “Lord I believe, help my unbelief!” It is the cry of a desperate parent. After years of caring for his demon-possessed child and having his hope deferred by the disciples failed attempt to drive...
In the days of the selfie and mass public narcissism, it is clear that Christians have an opportunity to be set apart. But how? Should we seek to practice humility by walking around, heads down, mealy-mouthed, and paralyzed by our total depravity? What exactly does Christian humility look like? The...
In Galatians 6:9-10, the Apostle Paul charged believers with the following exhortation: “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household...

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