Category Archives: Church

The Gospel According to Genesis: A God Who Makes Promises, Part 2

There are a couple of important points to make about the flood story:  The flood account reveals God’s wrath against sin.  The flood story makes clear that God’s wrath is kindled because of sin. We’re reminded of the foundational truth … Continue reading

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Best Books of 2019

Each year I set myself a goal to read 52 books — one per week. Most years I don’t hit the mark but I read exactly 52 books in 2018 and by the time I finish my current read, I’ll … Continue reading

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A Covenant and a Contract: Twenty Years of Marriage and Ministry

Twenty years ago, two of the most important events of my life occurred in a span of less than two weeks. On August 14, 1999, I entered into a covenant relationship with my bride, marked by vows of love and … Continue reading

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Permanent Love: Grace in the Wilderness

Recently, my reading of the Old Testament has been greatly enhanced by John Goldingay’s excellent new translation, The First Testament. Goldingay, a well-respected Old Testament scholar, uses his Hebrew fluency to defamiliarize the ancient text for modern readers. For many readers of … Continue reading

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Eugene Peterson

God loves you. He’s on your side. He’s coming after you. He’s relentless. Continue reading

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Suffering and Faith, Part 4

Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me. — Psalm 23 It is a path everyone must walk, the valley David refers to as “the shadow … Continue reading

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Suffering and Faith, Part 2

The truth about suffering: Because God can handle our tough questions, we can be honest about our pain.  Someone has estimated that there are over 186,000 sentences in the Bible. That includes a LOT of questions. And the question that … Continue reading

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