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Does being sick mean I’m a sinner?

Four brought a paralyzed man and literally dropped him in front of Jesus. Healing was on their minds. Jesus responds, “Son, your sins are forgiven” (Mark 2:5). Does that strike you as a bit strange? Are all sick people sinners? Let’s start with the big picture. God did not create the world in bondage to sickness, disease,…

Connecting to God’s Grid

America experienced unprecedented economic growth in the years following World War II. Yet this increase in material resources did not translate into human flourishing. In those same years, there was an explosion of mental illness, particularly among young people. In response, the Commission on Children at Risk conducted a study. It published its finding in…

What is with the Mosaic Law?

As a kid I begrudgingly took piano lessons. My motivation was less than a turkey around Thanksgiving, but somehow I learned the basics of reading music. Sheet music is a great analogy for the purpose of the Mosaic Law. A musical score clearly indicates the notes required, if the tune is to be played rightly.…

Finding your elemental waters

A swan is not the most becoming creature on land, but out on the water it is sleek and graceful. That is the place it is at home, that is the context for which it was designed. Discerning God’s unique call upon our lives, his vocational call,  is very much discovering one’s elemental waters. Where…

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Cheap Grace is really no deal at all

The post-Christmas sales are coming to an end. One thing you don’t want to pick up on the cheap is grace. Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-45), a German pastor, theologian and writer, defined cheap grace as the acceptance of the general idea of grace. One assents to the notion of grace, that God loves them, but this…

The Holy Spirit of Christmas

Luke describes her as being “filled with the Holy Spirit”. He is talking about Elizabeth, who is pregnant with the forerunner to the Messiah (we know him as John the Baptizer). What does it mean to “be filled with the Holy Spirit”? Well, first off don’t think of “being filled” in the way you think…