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Not to Be Pitied

I was thinking about the Cross the other day, and the incredible severity of what Jesus went through. Of course, there is the physical pain that He endured — the scourging, the blows with a rod, and the slow, agonizing death of crucifixion. There is the interpersonal aspect, from being betrayed to being abandoned and denied. To top it all off, there is the spiritual trauma, both of bearing the world’s sins and of the terrifying interruption of the divine fellowship of the Trinity. No one in the history of creation has endured the kind of suffering that Jesus did.

When we see this — really see it — it is jarring. It can and should deeply impact our emotions. But there is one response it should not elicit in us: pity. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Best. Sermon. EVER.

I’m working on a post on Genesis 1-3 right now, to continue the series on exegesis of passages pertaining to women’s role in ministry. Hopefully that will be out in a day or two.

In the meantime, I want to highlight what is perhaps the clearest, most inspiring, all-around gripping sermon on night and day prayer I have ever heard. I’ve heard a lot of them in the past seven years. All of them have been really, really good. And I’m not exaggerating about this one.

Stephen Venable rocked FCF this Sunday with his message. Download the mp3 by clicking here. Get the notes (Word Document) by clicking here. Or go directly to IHOP-KC’s website and watch the video archive here. I was at the 6:00pm service. It rocked.

Go. Listen. Watch. Read. Get inspired to pray and worship more. And then do it more.

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2010 in Intercession, Intimacy with God

 

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One Person

In the past few days, I’ve been fascinated to think of Jesus as one Person. At first, that sounds like a pretty inane thing to be fascinated by. After all, everyone else I know is only one person apiece, and that doesn’t strike me as the least bit exciting. However, I’ve been thinking about this as it pertains to Jesus’ incarnation.

In Christology, it can be said that there are four main pillars of truth concerning who Jesus is and what His nature is like. They are:

  1. Jesus is fully God
  2. Jesus is fully Man
  3. Jesus has two distinct natures
  4. Jesus is one, unconfused Person

(In fact, if you’ve been reading this blog for a super long time — and have an exceptional memory — you might notice that we’ve discussed these points before.)

So what is the significance of Jesus being one Person? Why put so much emphasis on something that seems so self-evident? Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Consider Him Who Endured

…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. (Hebrews 12:1-3, emphasis added)

“Consider Him… lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.” I love this verse. Perhaps it isn’t terrifically obvious at first glance how this works. After all, I don’t think anyone walked out of a showing of The Passion of the Christ pumping their fists, ready to take on the world. At least for me, thinking about blood, torture, and humiliation doesn’t generally fire me up for action. So how does considering Jesus’ endurance of suffering give our hearts strength?

There are lots of  potential answers to that question. In fact, there are lots of right answers to that question. But one in particular has been striking my heart lately — and here’s a hint: It’s not about inducing a guilt trip. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Blame: The Game Where Everyone Loses

The Blame Game

The Blame Game

People have been blaming each other for as long as there has been something worth blaming someone else for. Clear back in the Garden of Eden, we see the first man and woman, coming off of the first sin, already explaining why their sin was not entirely their fault. Adam blamed his sin on his wife and on the God who put her on earth with him. Eve blamed her sin on the serpent. Both were seeking to justify their actions based on the actions of others around them.

Neither excuse held any water before the Lord.

Their claims even had some merit on a surface level. Would Adam have eaten the fruit if Eve didn’t do it first? Would Eve had even considered trying it had the serpent not come along?

Maybe, and maybe not. We don’t know for sure. But God did not look at the logical chain and go, “Oh, so it’s all the serpent’s fault then.” He dealt with Adam and Eve individually for the real choice they each had to make before taking a bite. The serpent could not “make” Eve try the fruit. She chose to do so. Eve could not “make” Adam partake with her. He chose to do so. Each were responsible for their own sin.

Most of us are pretty familiar with this concept. But I’ve been considering this lately as it pertains to two pretty touchy areas: body image and lust. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2009 in My Two Cents

 

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Ark! Ark! Ark!

Great. First she drops off the face of the earth for two weeks, now she comes back talking like a seal.

Okay, so let me introduce this post with three points:

1) Schedule-wise, this has been one of my most insane months ever. I apologize for the lack of posting (which, for the record, I was about to call “postage”. Then I realized that meant something else).

2) I will finish writing my thoughts on my previous post (yes, I have in fact started). Hopefully that will be done soon.

3) “Ark”, although it is an effective seal noise, actually means something else in this context. I invite you to read on. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2009 in Bible, Intimacy with God, Knowledge of God

 

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Trinity Stuff

This less-than-profound title is the most I could muster up for the subject of an email I wrote today.

I’m auditing the class “Existence and Majesty of God” in the NightWatch School of Ministry right now, taught by Wes Martin and Luke Wood. It’s a great class, and today we talked about the Trinity — half of the session was going through the Athanasian Creed and related Scriptures, and the other half was a lot of “What?” “Whoa!” “I don’t know…” and “My brain hurts.”

A friend of mine and I were talking about it some more during the class break, and she basically asked me to email her with what we had discussed. Let me tell you, trying to put words to the doctrine of the Trinity is one of the most intimidating things on earth. Most of the effort of writing is trying desperately to skirt heresy. Things like, “When speaking of the Triune God, should I say ‘He’ or ‘They’?” and “Dare I attempt to postulate what things would be like if God were only one Person, instead of three?” AUGH.

That might explain why it took me an hour to write four paragraphs. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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See you at Bartle Hall

The onething conference begins today… plan on this blog being relatively silent for the next few days. Although, of course, saying that, who knows but that I’ll suddenly be prolifically inspired? We shall see.

At any rate, if you are in Kansas City, swing by the Welcome Center and say hi. If you are not in Kansas City, webstream the conference. It’s free.

 

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Rambling thoughts on Creationism and Evolutionism

The scientific community has been in a bit of an uproar over a British biologist named Michael Reiss who wrote an article a few days ago stating that he thinks biology teachers need to be willing to address the issue of creationism in their classes. Many evolutionary biologists were greatly dismayed at the prospect and are calling for him to be removed from the Royal Society, saying it was absurd for him to advocate teaching creationism alongside evolution.

The funny thing is that it’s not actually what he was saying. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2008 in My Two Cents

 

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Musings about Creation

Creation is more than a cute story in the first two chapters of Genesis. I am still formulating thoughts on this, but I figured I’d put them out there — half-baked though they may be — and I’d love to hear you folks chime in. (P.S., No, this is not the “mystery study subject”… I’m getting ready to introduce that soon, but not quite yet.)

Over the 40-day fast, I spent a lot of time reading through Isaiah 40-66. I didn’t do much “studying” in the sense of getting out commentaries and such, just a ton of reading and a fair bit of journaling. As I was reading through, I noticed how much God refers to His acts of creation. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2008 in Bible, Knowledge of God, Theology

 

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