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encouragement: a means of grace

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The book of Hebrews, believed by most commentators to be an ancient sermon manuscript written to a Jewish-Christian congregation, contains a series of warnings and exhortations against falling away from the faith. Multiple times in this book, we are encouraged to remain steadfast to Christ, not forsaking our salvation and being allured away . . .

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January 15, 2018

18 things to do more of in 2018

my list of New Year's non-resolutions

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I'm not one to make New Year's resolutions. In fact, I'm more the type to gently poke fun as people that do, as they tend to have a shorter shelf life than fresh baked bread. This year, however, in light of the chaos that Hurricane Harvey caused, which essentially disrupted every habit everybody had formed, I decided to make a . . .

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January 04, 2018

on holy innocents: King Herod and Uncle Sam

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Today the church remembers and honors the Holy Innocents: the male toddlers slaughtered by King Herod in his attempt to kill Jesus, the newborn king who threatened Herod politically (or so he thought) by his mere existence.

As recorded by St. Matthew:

Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and . . .

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December 28, 2017

'to you': the good news of Christmas

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I am not concerned about a so-called 'war' on Christmas. I am not shocked when people say "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas." I simply smirk when my atheist or agnostic friends sponsor grandiose Christmas celebrations with their friends and family.

None of these offenses nor a hundred others typically . . .

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Posted in: adventtheology

December 22, 2017

on advent and waiting

why we need it and how to practice it

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Of late, I have been particularly observant that people are picking up this Advent season on the subject of waiting. Bonhoeffer especially is known in his devotional for writing about Advent as a time of waiting. During the season of advent we practice waiting by not letting Christmas 'out of the bag' too quickly. We focus our . . .

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December 15, 2017

"he came to save"

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If we do not believe in the power of evil, we cannot fully understand Jesus. It cannot be denied that he came to save people. But unless we understand that the main reason for his coming was to join the fight between God and Satan – to destroy the works of Satan – we cannot fully understand the need for an atonement-death on the cross.

— . . .

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December 13, 2017

celebrating Christmas correctly

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Who will celebrate Christmas correctly?
Whoever finally lays down
All power, all honor,
All reputation, all vanity,
All arrogance, all individualism
Beside the manger.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash

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December 06, 2017

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