Category Archives: Theology

Overexpecting

It seems to me that we tend to overexpect quite a bit — we have unrealistic expectations for our institutions, our relationships, or really just about any area of our lives. I first came across the word in James K.A. … Continue reading

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A New Day: The Power of “With,” Part 4

We live in a time when the nature of truth seems to be up for grabs. Every news story can be spun one way or another to say almost anything someone wants to believe. In times like these, I have … Continue reading

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A New Day: The Power of “With,” Part 3

The theme of Isaiah 7 is repeated throughout the Bible: God promises to be with those who put their trust in Him. In both the Old Testament and the New Testament, God says, I will never leave you nor forsake … Continue reading

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A New Day: The Power of “With,” Part 2

When Isaiah goes to visit Ahaz, he says things like, Do not fear and do not let your heart be faint (7:4). God knows that it is dangerous when we’re controlled by our fears, so His word to Ahaz is … Continue reading

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A New Day: The Power of “With”, Part 1

The word “with” is a really small word, a simple word, but it communicates a life-changing idea. The word “with” simply means, “accompanied by another person.” And sometimes that knowledge can be enough to change your life — just knowing … Continue reading

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A New Day: My Eyes Have Seen the King, Part 4

Over 150 years ago, the great Christian philosopher Soren Kierkegaard wrote a parable about two robbers who entered a jewelry store and did something very strange: they switched all the price tags. They didn’t steal anything: they just took the … Continue reading

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A New Day: My Eyes Have Seen the King, Part 2

The time stamp of Isaiah 6 is also significant. All of this occurs in the year that King Uzziah died. Uzziah was king in Jerusalem for over 50 years. (You can read his story in 2 Chronicles 26.) By most … Continue reading

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Christmas 2020: His Gospel is Peace

Truly He taught us to love one another His law is love and His gospel is peace O Holy Night Our understanding of peace is often based on cultural usage. From the perspective of geopolitics, peace boils down to the … Continue reading

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Christmas 2020: A Weary World Rejoices

O Holy night! The stars are brightly shining It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth Long lay the world in sin and error pining “Til He appears and the soul felt its worth A thrill of hope, the … Continue reading

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Best Books of 2020

Each year I set myself a goal to read 52 books — one per week. Most years I don’t hit the mark, but it’s a worthy goal nonetheless. Last year, I crushed it by reading 62 books. Believe it or … Continue reading

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