Category Archives: Gospel

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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Best Books of 2018

Each year, I set a goal to read 52 books — one book per week for the entire year. I usually fall short of the goal — I think 2011 was the last year I hit the mark. For point … Continue reading

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An Enchanted Christmas

Don’t be fooled by the sentimentality of this season: the birth of the child is an act of war. Continue reading

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Suffering and Faith: Part 1

I can summarize this post in nine words. So, if you’re in a hurry, here goes: Suffering is universally painful but God is eternally faithful. Everyone suffers. Some more than others. And suffering usually knocks us off our feet, drives … Continue reading

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Marriage with a Mission

Earlier this month, our family traveled to New York City for our summer vacation. We had a great time seeing all the sights. One of our highlights was seeing the city from the top of Rockefeller Center — the “Top … Continue reading

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Strong and Courageous

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. — Joshua 1:9 Being his father has produced lots of “proud” … Continue reading

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Daily Bible: Leviticus 13-14

Arnold Fruchtenbaum points out that there are 116 verses in Leviticus devoted to the topic of leprosy. No other disease receives such an extensive treatment in the Mosaic Law. In Leviticus 13, specific instructions are given to the priests for … Continue reading

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