faith in faith or faith in Christ

Living in Texas, Christianity here is highly influenced by revivalism and its decision-theology. Even traditions and denominations that reject this belief and practice can't help but be influenced by it,…

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clothed in righteousness: thoughts on moral trauma

War is messy. It is a mess of dirt, sweat, blood, gunpowder, rubble, tears, death, and destruction unparalleled by anything else that comes about by the brute force of humanity.…

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on Jesus' baptism

This Sunday, January 12th, the church celebrates the baptism of Christ. This event is recorded in all four Gospels, which clearly points to its importance. Matthew's account is given as…

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exceptionalism and American Christianity's love of war

American Christianity--especially American Evangelicalism--has a love affair with war, guns, 'freedom,' and the military. Christians in America are historically very supportive of our military, our various interventions around the…

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to the lowly, not the exalted

Where reason is indignant, where our nature rebels, where our piety anxiously keeps us away: that is precisely where God loves to be. There he confounds the reason of the…

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mysterious God

Part of the wonder of Advent is meditating on the mystery of our God...or perhaps I should say, our mysterious God. As much as the systematic theologians want to…

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prayer for the Second Sunday in Advent (BoCP)

Merciful God, who sent thy messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that…

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prayer for the Second Sunday in Advent (LSB)

Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to make ready the way of Your only begotten Son, that by His coming we may be enabled to serve You with pure minds;…

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advent: not for the satisfied

Those who are satisfied have nothing for which they must wait. Their needs are met. They lack nothing. They are fulfilled. Advent has no place for the satisfied, because Advent…

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waking up to God

No matter where you live in the northern hemisphere, the routine of Autumn has set in, the weather is growing colder, and the days are growing shorter. The cycle of…

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