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The Priority of Prayer

Adoniram Judson was among the first missionaries that American Baptists sent overseas. During a long career in Burma, he became noted for his commitment to evangelism and his translation of the Bible into Burmese. A master of languages, he also produced a Burmese grammar and dictionary. His preaching ministry resulted in thousands of conversions though[…]

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George Floyd Asphyxia ad Mortem

We’ve seen the gut-wrenching footage. Hands cuffed behind his back, Mr. George Floyd on his face, oppressed by the unjust knee of cruelty that has afflicted African Americans for centuries. Immobilized and groaning on the pavement “I can’t breathe.” “Please, please.” Eight minutes long—suffocating to death. “Let him breathe, man!” a bystander yells. Passing cars,[…]

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When We Preach Jesus

It was among the best pieces of advice I’ve ever received. Following a lesson on Matthew 2 in which I explained the redemptive-historical significance of Jesus’ flight to Egypt, an older member of the congregation put his arm around me and asked if he could offer some feedback. “Please,” I replied, “I am a seminarian;[…]

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Freedom from Anxiety

The daily tallies of infection and death from COVID-19 assault our hearts and minds. Rather than calm us, the syncopating admonitions to wash our hands, wear a mask, or—best of all—stay home and “shelter in place” stoke our fears. As we toss and turn, the questions just won’t leave us alone. When will all this[…]

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Preparing for the Awakening

The COVID-19 crisis has brought much of American life to a grinding halt. Gone and nearly forgotten as we shelter in place are heretofore assumed national pleasures such as the advent of spring and Major League Baseball. The exhilaration that many of us experience at this time of year has been replaced by deeper and[…]

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The Word in the World

J. C. Ryle (1816-1900) was a persistent advocate of Scripture reading and faithful preaching. As Bishop of Liverpool, he did all in his power to advance knowledge of the Bible. At a time when the influence of the church was declining and the population growing rapidly, Ryle maintained the importance of the Bible both for individual[…]

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Power to Save

Like Ezekiel, we step into the suffering of humanity with eyes wide open, but we don’t stop there. We believe that bones can live. Crazy as it sounds. Indeed, “foolish” according to the apostle Paul; yet, it’s true. The most tentative and enfeebled Christian has power to speak life into dead bones. Why? Because Jesus[…]

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Fear No More

In this inaugural podcast of 2020, we consider why the victory of Christ makes our most terrifying fears nothing more than a hollow threat.  

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Advent and Peace

How does Advent contribute to peace? The Church univocally confesses that it comes through the Babe in the manger whom we call Lord. This is the bedrock on which true peace is established. But in what way is incarnational peace ‘spread to all the earth abroad’? Here is an example from history. Friar Antonio de[…]

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