hate is “us-gone-wrong” – it lives in all of us #Charlottesville

"Sin (hate) is crouching at your door; it desires to have you.” - God, Genesis 4 People have been asking me when I'm going to write about Charlottesville, and the troubling toehold white supremacist and other neofascist groups seem to have established in the landscape of contemporary American ideology. Well, I've been taking pause to observe, …

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“coup d’pomme” – Eden, the original power grab

The strength gained from the apple dissolved the potency of God in and through us. The way back to God is through Christ's self-giving, servant heart - it is by willingly giving away all claims we have to the power, and the knowledge, and the mortality that became ours the instant we identified with Adam and Eve's apple-coup - and we all do.

we’re all “heirs according to the promise” – but we all fall short

We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Romans 3:22-23 Today's post is a classic "two-fer." I have some more to share on our ongoing race …

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didn’t my Lord deliver Daniel? (preaching to the choir)

This is one of those blog posts that is a response to a question. And, like most such posts, I'm probably giving a bigger answer than the question begs. But I'm an over-thinker; always have been; that's just what writers do. The question came out of a hymn. Or, more properly, a spiritual. Here's the text …

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a few words about Christians behaving badly on-line…

"One thing is for sure, if anyone is going to be rejecting me, condemning me for my sin, and saying I have no place in the community of faith, it's not going to be Jesus. You see, Jesus has already talked to his Father about me, and we're going to be all right." OK, friends. …

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Let’s stop judging… condemning… criticizing… denouncing one another (Paul)

So why do you condemn another believer? Why do you look down on another believer? Remember, we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For the Scriptures say, “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will declare allegiance to God.’” - Romans 14:10-11 …

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Weekend Update: law, grace, birthdays, and reciprocating saws

Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace. - Romans 6:14 WEEKEND UPDATE: I'd write about this morning's discussion from Romans Six, but once I got started it would be hard to keep my post a reasonable length. …

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“God looks at the heart”

It's Thursday. Or, as they say on facebook, "Throwback Thursday." Throwback Thursday is not typically a game I play, but this photograph with my brother seemed to jump out at me when I noticed it in my parents' living room yesterday, so I thought I'd share. The image was captured when Geoff and I were both in our early …

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