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Claiming Jesus: Benefits and Dangers

This week our house church group read through Isa 34-35. The two chapters juxtapose starkly antithetical visions of what God’s vindication of God’s people looks like. In Isa 34 there is the negative side of the coin: Israel’s enemies destroyed for Israel’s sake. It is one of the most gruesome depictions of slaughter in scripture: […]

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Dear Younger Self

Yes, it happened this week. Sing it with me, this is 40… As I was running today I had a few thoughts about turning 40. It began like this: Dear 22-38 year-old self: I will run your lazy butt into the ground. Name the time and place. Sincerely, 40-year-old self. Then my thoughts turned more […]

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On Judging and Being Judged

Jesus says: Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad. For the tree is known by its fruit. Brood of vipers! how can you speak good, since you are evil? For the mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart. My mind has been spinning […]

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Sermon Prep, Commentary, Banter

The latest LectioCast dropped a couple days ago. This week we talk about what’s wrong (and right) about Israel wanting a king, and the peculiar ability we all have to step outside of our worship services and demand exactly the thing that we were just steeling ourselves against. There’s also a bit in there about […]

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What Kind of King?

“It’s the Son of David!” What might someone be thinking of and hoping for when making such an exclamation? Most often I think of early (first century) Jewish messianism in military terms: when the son of David comes, he’s the one who will muster an army to kick out the Romans. (Maybe that’s why Mark […]

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Doing What You Believe

Today’s post is inspired by the Theology Nerd Throwdown podcast. “The” Vs. “-al” At the end of a recent episode, Tripp and Bo got into one of their recurring fights. It’s the versus -al. What’s more important? Is it the things that we believe–the incarnation, the resurrection, the Pentecost? Or is it the ways we […]