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The Cross, the Switchblade, and the Empowering Love of the Father

Yesterday was Easter Sunday and, as usual, Christians all over the world celebrated the truly-distinctive mark of their faith, one of the most well-documented and attested historical events in all of antiquity, namely the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth from the dead. In academic circles, no one seriously denies that Jesus was an itinerant Jewish

Two More Votes for ‘The Modesto Manifesto’

Mark 10:2-9 (ESV) And Pharisees came up and in order to test [Jesus] asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce and to send her away.” And Jesus said to them, “Because

What Our Kids Actually Need

Back in the days when our home was packed tight with teenagers, many a conversation was had around our dinner table concerning “needs.” Things like the latest iPhone upgrade, parent-funded automotive repairs, a Spring Break trip to Florida with friends (also parent-funded), a shopping spree worthy of the Kardashians…you know, needs as defined by many

In my own bed? Check. Dad awake? Check. Zzzzzzzzz.

Not too long after everyone in our home fell asleep on the evening of Feb. 28th, a fairly-impressive hailstorm hit mid-Missouri. Sometime after 11 p.m., the wind began blowing powerfully enough such that decent-sized chunks of ice began raining down on our rooftop and glass windows, creating a terrible racket and waking our entire family.

‘I just want my life to make a difference.’

We have absolutely no clue how God might be pleased to use us in this life. Neither do we have the faintest idea what the impact of our lives might look like 20, 50, or even hundreds of years after our death. Since God has placed eternity into our hearts (Ecclesiastes 3:11), those of us

In the Fullness of Time, with Perfect Measure

As someone who became a believer in Jesus after decades of debauchery, I find it difficult to consistently embrace a child-like gratitude for all that God has done for me; I often find myself grappling with a near-constant regret over the disaster that is “my former life.” In other words, even after all these years

Getting ‘Locked and Loaded’ for Christian Service

It seems pretty likely that any American over the age of 12 has seen several of those “Let’s lock and load!” sequences so prevalent in action movies and TV shows, sometimes even spoofed in children’s programming. As entertainment consumers, by now we are all familiar with the prerequisites for a well-executed lock-and-load montage: An unimpressive