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Surprised by Joy in the New Year

My phone bonged while driving to the office today. Evidently, when there is an important national news story, my phone departs from the normal vibrate mode and lets out a big bong. In this case, it was a new study showing that 2017 has created anxiety at alarming proportions for many Americans, such that they are entering[…]

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The Value of Judicious Reading

C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) saw the dangers of information overload long before the so-called “infoglut” of the Internet. In his autobiography Surprised by Joy he reflects on his childhood education and the place of current affairs and newspapers.

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The Gospel According to La Bohème

You’ll probably not be surprised to hear that I have a particular passion for Italian art and artists, even though I make no claim to being an expert in such things. But as my pinky ring is my witness, I know what I like! One of my very favorite Italian works is La Bohème, composed by[…]

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A Pastor’s Prime Insight from the Land of Israel

It was time. Since the fourth century, Christians have toured the land of Israel. “It is like visiting the home of a beloved friend,” one pilgrim suggested. “No matter how well you know the person, you understand him better having experienced his native environment.” So we landed in Tel Aviv on Monday afternoon and made[…]

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The Offense of Selfless Love

This Sunday we’ll consider the sacrificial love of God, a kind of love that reminded me of something I wrote a few years ago, the beautiful and challenging story of Ian and Larissa who actively loved one another in the midst of anguish. Ian and Larissa, like many other couples, met in college. They were both believers[…]

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The Day I Began to Follow Christ

It started one morning. Upon reaching my office in Manhattan, the phone rang. It was my grandfather. In a serious tone, he spoke a brief message: “It’s your Dad; come home.” Somehow I knew not to ask questions. It turned out to be a severe heart attack. The waterline of anxiety quickly rose above my[…]

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Witness as a Way of Life

Jesus was (and is) the ultimate witness. Remember what he said during dinner at Zaccheus’ home, “For the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10). That was our Lord’s way of declaring that he was devoted to witness.

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A Word to Research Students

Words like “speed” are foreign to the process. It’s a slow and steady march; two steps forward, one step back, and by God’s grace we make progress. In a word, it requires patience, another gift from God that makes all the difference in the world.

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The Offense of Selfless Love

Such discomfort about Ian and Larissa may reveal a fundamental misunderstanding of Christian marriage. The Bible portrays marriage—especially when entered into by believers—not as a contractual agreement between two parties, but as a covenant relationship before God.

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Who’s Got the Gateway Drug?

Confessionalists want the Confession to be a paper Pope. It’s not surprising that some find the paper Pope inadequate, and go searching for a live one. (If, as some will charge, Scripture is a paper Pope, it’s one whose ring I gladly kiss.)

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