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Clearing the Path to God's Grace

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We just finished celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Perhaps your Facebook and Twitter feeds have been full of depictions of Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, or awkward pictures of pastors dressed in monk attire wielding a hammer and the like. What they probably haven’t been full of is pictures of a...

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The Laughable Gospel

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The Bible is full of ridiculous stories. Laughable stories. There, I said it. A Red Sea parting, a giant fish swallowing a man, a talking donkey, and the list goes on and on. It’s all a bit ridiculous....

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The Tragic End Of Appealing To Man's Righteousness

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Abraham didn’t understand God very well (at least not early on). I don’t say that as a dig against the Patriarch. I don’t think any of us understand God very well either. When Abraham discerns that God is going to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah he is bold enough to attempt to talk God out of it. To his credit, he seems to have genuine concern and compassion for the pe...

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I Am Not Ashamed Of The Law

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Paul’s letter to the Romans is arguably the most masterful piece of writing in the New Testament. Martin Luther even declared that this letter was more important to the Church than the four Gospels. And that’s understandable, considering it was Paul’s words in Romans 1 that first made the doctrine of justification through faith alone, clear to him....

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You Are Not White As Snow

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Hanging on to our sin is a terrible business. When it goes unconfessed, we usually try to double and triple down on it to keep it off the radar. Then we end up with far more than just the initial transgression we try to hide. And something happens to our conscience during our unholy charade. We stop feeling the...

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Hunted By Goodness & Mercy

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There is no Psalm as well known as Psalm 23. Sometimes when a portion of Scripture is this well known, it becomes a sort of cliché or platitude. You also see this with John 3, Romans 8, and many others. But these texts are well known for a reason. They contain comforts and promises that Christians have clung to from the time of the Early Church....

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The Meal In A Manger

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At one point I was asked why we receive the Lord’s Supper during our Christmas services. This dear person felt it was a little strange for a service celebrating the birth of Jesus to transition into receiving this baby’s body and blood. And I get it—the juxtaposition is a bit jarring. Christmas is a celebration of life. The very Word of God “became flesh and dwelt ...

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Come Near To Me, Please

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So Joseph said to his brothers, "Come near to me, please." And they came near. And he said, "I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life." (Genesis 45) There is no shortage of blogs, books, and sermons that use the life of Joseph as a model f...

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What Song Is Next?

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"And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified." (1 Corinthians 2) I’ve known Cooper since he was 9 years old. He is special in a lot of ways....

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You Can't Bring Up Baptism There!

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But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. (Galatians 3) If you’re looking for a book of the Bible to blow apart works righteousness and justification by adherence to the Law, Galatians is the book for you. I love Galatians....

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Sinners Get To Wear White

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Years ago a young woman approached her pastor with a request. It wasn’t a strange request. She simply asked if he would perform her wedding ceremony. She and her live-in boyfriend had not been attending his church very long. They had only been Christians for a few short months and getting married seemed like the right thing to do. The pastor gladly agreed with this...

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Hated For All The Right Reasons

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“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.” (John 15) I’ve seen many Christians attempt to wear the world’s hatred as a badge of honor. They count it a huge win if they can get some atheist to rip them up on Twitter or in the comments on Facebook, blogs, or on YouTube. They spend hours handing out...

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A Cup of Kindness for a Cup of Death

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I have been preaching through the Gospel of John for a number of months. One thing that makes John different than the other three Gospels is the absence of the Lord’s Supper. John does set the scene for us in chapter 13 where the Upper Room event takes place,...

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The Lost Art Of Abiding

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Bearing fruit is something Christians spend significant amounts of time talking, writing, preaching, and arguing about. For many, it has become a wellspring of vexation. We ask, “How is my fruit? Am I bearing enough? Is it the right color and shape?” Sadly, we create all kinds of stress and insecurity out of something which is supposed to bring us comfort and peace. ...

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I'm Done Trying To Follow Jesus

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One of the most famous things Jesus ever said was “Follow me.” He said it over and over. So much that it was recorded more than twenty times in the New Testament. Jesus says it first to Peter (Matthew 4). Perhaps this is why Peter is so confused when he hears Jesus saying he cannot follow Him where He is going. No one can....

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The Gospel According To Rudolph

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We all love a good story when the underdog comes out on top. We love Rocky winning the title round, Hoosiers taking the championship, Luke Skywalker blowing up the Death Star, and yes, even Rudolph guiding Santa’s sleigh in the fog. And Rudolph gets the added bonus of having the object of his ridicule turn into the only hope for his haters. And man—we love that....

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The Wicked Way We Become More Like Jesus

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I'm always surprised to hear people say, “If I could do it all again, I wouldn’t change a thing.” But we’re all sinners and we all sin every day. Some of us screwed up a lifetime ago and others fell short just last night. But everyone has THAT thing they would give anything to change. Pay any price to take back. And if you don’t have that… just wait. You may no...

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The Goodness That Got You In

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How did you become a Christian? This question is frequently asked in many Christian circles. Ask it and you will get one of a thousand different answers, but each will probably start with the same pronoun....

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The Resurrection And The Life Hasn’t Forgotten

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Jesus simply can’t help himself. Over and over in the Gospels we find Jesus leaving a wake of physical restoration. Blind people see. Lame people walk. Lepers are made clean. And dead people draw breath again. Jesus hates sin, but not just because he is holy. Jesus hates sin because he hates what it does to the people he loves:...

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NARROW GATE: The Radically Inclusive-Exclusive Gospel

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“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”...

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Repentance Under The Microscope

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I once saw a man holding a sign that read: Divorce is an abomination. Repent! That’s it. Nothing else. Nothing about forgiveness, nothing about God, nothing about Christ or His blood soaked cross and empty tomb. I couldn’t help but approach the man and ask him one question. “Repent to what?” He didn’t answer....

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Jesus And Abortion

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If April 1 is April Fools’ Day, then March 25 is Divine Fool’s Day. Falling nine months before Christmas, it’s the day when God set in motion what appeared to be a foolish plan. The Creator of heaven and earth became a two-celled human zygote gradually drifting down the fallopian tube of an unwed Jewish virgin....

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The Gospel And Good Works

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I was asked to speak about "The Gospel and Good Works" for E1 Ministries recently. Here is what I had to say. [This video explains how your best "good works" are the times you've been the most like Christ.]...

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We Are All The Duggars

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Leo Tolstoy famously wrote, “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” The problem is that I’ve yet to meet a family that fits into Tolstoy’s tidy categories of “happy” and “unhappy.” The reality is far messier. Put tears and laughter, love and betrayal, fights and hugs into a blender and out will come a family....

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Tattoos With Mom

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The lighting is florescent, the music is loud and heavy. There is a table in the corner with bottles of iodine, rubbing alcohol, and a bio hazard container full of used needles. You’re surrounded by bad flash art featuring: marijuana leaves, devils, pin-up girls, and Christ figures....

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Jesus Knew What He Was Getting

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The guys Jesus chose to be His disciples have always fascinated me. The first two who were called into His posse were Andrew and John, friends who were just following a freak in the wilderness who was dressed in camel hair while eating locusts and honey. Sounds pretty strange and not very promising....

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Bloody Valentine: The Horror Of The Cross And The Love Of God

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Today is Friday the 13th of February and that means tomorrow we celebrate Valentine’s Day. Two days back-to-back that most people recognize as being very different. Friday the 13th is most famous for being the name of a horror film franchise about a knife-wielding psychopath named Jason....

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An Open Letter To George Perdikis

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On January 21st, former Newsboys guitarist and co-founder George Perdikis wrote an article titled, “I Co-Founded One of the Most Popular Christian Rock Bands Ever… and I’m Now An Atheist” which gained quite a bit of buzz. I saw it popping up over and over again on social media and finally decided to read it; after reading my heart broke....

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I’m Not Good. Christ Hold Fast.

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I’m a Christian and I’m not very good at good things. In fact, I’m downright miserable at them. I’m a cradle Christian. In other words, I was born into a Christian home and spoon fed the Bible from day one. I’m a preacher’s kid, a preacher’s oldest son in fact. I grew up with memory verses, Bible reading plans,...

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Who Puts His Hand To The Plow?

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“No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” These are the words of Jesus to a man who promised to follow him after saying good-bye to his family. Tough stuff. I admit this text used to trouble me. I mean, what is Jesus saying?...

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