Good Friday, Indeed

On Good Friday, we hear a lot about the Cross of Jesus, but not a whole lot about our own crosses. Jesus made it explicitly clear that if we were to be His disciples, we would have to take up a cross and follow Him (Matt 16:24, Mark 8:34, Luke 9:23). If you...

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Cleanliness is Next to Godliness

I did not give up anything for Lent this year. My only resolution was to get through a devotional book that’s been collecting dust on my shelf for a while. However, my wife and I inadvertently took up a Lenten discipline after our youngest son moved out a few weeks...

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Hawking and Heaven

Stephen Hawking, the brilliant theoretical physicist who once advised “to look at the stars and not at your feet,” died at his Cambridge home on Wednesday at the age of 76. Hawking was given a life expectancy of two years after he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS) in...

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Testing…1-2-3 The Second Temptation

Would you find it surprising that Satan knows scripture? In the second temptation of Christ, the devil whisked Jesus to the highest point of ancient Jerusalem, the pinnacle of the temple. There, perhaps snaking an arm around the soiled robe of his adversary, Satan whispered, “So you are the Son...

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One Little Word The First Temptation

The first temptation of Christ hinges on a tiny word – “if.” Satan, encountering a famished Jesus in the wilderness, whispered, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread” (Matt. 4:3, italics mine). It may seem a minor thing for Jesus to have pulled off...

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Why is Billy Graham in Heaven?

“America’s Pastor,” Billy Graham, passed away Wednesday at the age of 99. The news of his death opened a floodgate of tributes from near and far. President Donald Trump tweeted, “The GREAT Billy Graham is dead. There was nobody like him! A very special man.” The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said...

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Flesh, Fasting and French Fries

As we move through Lent, it’s a sure bet you’re going to be reminded to “deny yourself.” One of my sons told me that a Facebook friend feels she’s eating too many starchy carbs, so she’s giving up French fries. A lot of people view Lent as a kind of...

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Repentance Doesn’t Have To Be Emotional

In seminary, I was a youth pastor. Every summer during this time, I served as a volunteer at high school church camp. Those were halcyon days spent in small groups, worshipping under the stars, eating junk food with no regret and climbing  “The Mountain,” a cedar-cloaked bluff topped with a...

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Good Infection

The flu is fierce this season. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that this year’s outbreak is on pace to be the worst in nearly a decade. Influenza activity is now widespread in 48 states and Puerto Rico. If that news isn’t bad enough, the season hasn’t peaked yet....

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