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Reformation as Rediscovery of the Gospel

Countless historians have gone to great lengths to explain the Reformation through social, political, and economic causes.[1] No doubt each of these played a role during the Reformation, and at times a significant role.[2] Yet most fundamentally, the Reformation was a theological movement, caused by doctrinal concerns.[3] Though political, social, and economic factors were important, observes Timothy George, “we must recognize that the Reformation was essentially a religious event; its deepest concerns, theological.”[4] What this means, then, is that we must be “concerned with the theological self-understanding” of the Reformers.[5] But more can be said. Yes, the Reformation was...

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The Danger Zone

Psalm 2:1-6 There is a specific response that God demands from us in Scripture. When you hear that someone makes a demand, there is an underlying implication of authority. In our culture, the very mention of the word demand automatically invites skepticism. In our age of anti-authoritarianism, anyone making a demand is likely to face stiff opposition. However, God is not moved. The Creator makes a series of demands that every creature is obligated to obey: God calls all people to acknowledge the greatness of his worth. ““Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like...

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Do Not Stretch the Truth

“You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; you shall not lie to one another.” (Lev. 19:11) Nestled within commands to not steal or bear false witness is a three-word prohibition. It is stated in a matter of fact manner and simply – do not lie. There is no leeway provided for those so-called little white lies or an option for stretching the truth from time to time if needed. God states unequivocally that we are not to lie. I address this issue because recently I have been the recipient of an individual stretching the truth (a.k.a. lying)...

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Scripture As Real Presence: Sacramental Exegesis in the Early Church (Hans Boersma)

As our society develops and moves along the line of historical time, we have voices pop up along the way that remind us not to forget where we came from and the ones who came before us. We see this in politics all of the time. America has had its share of political sympathizers who urge our nation’s leaders to consider the example of our Founding Fathers to inform their current decision-making. We also see this impulse from some prophetic voices in the world of theology. Hans Boersma is one of those voices, inviting us all in our quest...

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I Shall Again Praise Him

Discouragement is as common to the human experience as birth and death. Most of us experience a fair amount of happiness, pleasure, love, and hope; God is good to send sun and rain, food and clothing. But all of us know what it is to suffer loss, disappointment, and heartache. Some pains are temporary and relatively minor, others are lifelong and heart-stabbing. How do we, how should we handle these inevitable seasons of discouragement that come into our lives? In Psalm 42, David models for us the way to battle our way out of pits of despair: “Why are...

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