Monthly Archives: August 2015

John Piper’s “Proud Canvas” – a misunderstanding of the artistry of God

Your life in Christ is not a life of rags that God uses to get some dirty work done, and then later he’ll clean you up a bit. No, your life in Christ is as a new creation made perfect … Continue reading

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God in Three Persons – the doctrine of the Trinity is not as complicated as you think

[From the archives.] One way to understand Trinitarian doctrine is by seeing what it’s not, and one thing it’s not is modalism.* Modalism Works For Me Now before you cast me out as a heretic and declare me anathema, let … Continue reading

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Courthouses, Heaven and Coming Home

When I became a judge 20 years ago, they had no place for me. Literally. I was the eighth judge in a seven judge courthouse, and that meant there was no courtroom for me. They also had no chambers for … Continue reading

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Moses Preached the Gospel of Jesus to the Israelites

One of the most relied upon passages for evangelism is Romans 10:9. If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Declaring for all … Continue reading

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Why Your Story Matters to Jesus

[From the archives.] We Need Stories I’m a Jane Austen fan. Her novels, her short stories, her letters. I’m a fan of adaptations too, whether taken directly from her work (Emma Thompson rocked the script for Sense and Sensibility and won … Continue reading

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Looking Backward Moves You Forward

Objects in Mirror are Closer than they Appear It’s a long drive from northern California to San Diego. The radio station that came in strong during one stretch of open road played Christian music with the DJs telling humorous stories … Continue reading

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A Plea To The Gospel Coalition: living up to your name

Coalitions are best able to pursue their goal when widely based. When a group chooses to use the word coalition in its title, it conveys the sense that the group is choosing to join with a broad spectrum of other … Continue reading

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The Secret to Being a Good Listener

Listening well is not my strong suit. It’s a professional requirement, but it doesn’t come easy. Whether at work or with friends, my natural bent is not steering me toward any Listener of the Year awards. Speaking of friends, we have one … Continue reading

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Why is the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood Targeting My Kids?

When Target was asked why it had a toy aisle with the signs “building sets” and “girls’ building sets” it did the sensible thing: it decided labeling toys as belonging solely to boys or girls was unnecessary. Yet the Council … Continue reading

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Not a Tame God

In Job 41, God asks a rather odd question. Not odd as in nonsense, but odd in that it is one of the most thought-provoking passages in the whole book. Keep in mind as you read these few verses that Leviathan … Continue reading

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