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The One Thing Wrong With Seeking Advice On How To Respond to Tragedy

The One Thing Wrong With Seeking Advice On How To Respond to Tragedy

How do we respond to a tragic horror like this weekend’s shooting in Orlando? If you’re just asking now, you might be asking the wrong question. It’s not that there’s no answer. There is, and on one level it’s quite simple. I do not say it is easy, but at least it can be stated simply: We respond in love according to truth and grace, as always. Jesus was full of grace and truth (John 1:14), and God is love…

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From “Jesus Saves” to “Jesus Approves”

From “Jesus Saves” to “Jesus Approves”

There was a time when people knew what it meant that “Jesus saves.” The punsters’ follow-up, “at First National Bank” degraded the concept when the concept was still known widely enough for the pun to work. In most of Western culture now, though, neither the biblical phrase nor the pun is heard anymore. The concept now (if not the wording) is Jesus approves. As one who still honors the idea that Jesus saves, I know the idea needs explanation in our day, but I…

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Ten Reasons the Bible Has It Right on Slavery

Ten Reasons the Bible Has It Right on Slavery

I read Keith’s comment #172 this morning with deep grief in my heart. He wondered whether there was something unique about Christianity that would cause it to be more liberating than other worldviews (especially Jainism). My grief is this: we Christians have not explained and demonstrated the most basic realities of our faith. If we had, Keith would never have had to ask. Slavery is many things. It’s a form of relationship between human beings. It’s an economic system, a…

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Wake Up! Wake Up!

Wake Up! Wake Up!

Wake up! Wake up to this! Wake up to that! Can anyone realistically wake up to everything? No. To try would be to exhaust yourself right back to sleep. What then shall we do with all that’s going on in the world? As I’ve written in this month’s BreakPoint column, that’s the Crisis of the Caring Conscience. While I’m mentioning articles, I’d like to direct your attention to an interesting one from a blogger who says he doesn’t know much…

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Loving Those We Disagree With (Podcast)

Loving Those We Disagree With (Podcast)

We got a comment here from Gina recently, asking about how Christians can love homosexuals, and whether propositional truth might be at the core of our conflict. Those are great questions. I’ve been thinking about putting out a call for questions from readers, which I would answer by way of 3- to 1o-minute podcasts. I want to make this a new and regular feature of this blog, mostly so that I can be responsive to your questions, but also so…

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Letting Go of the Need To Be Better Than Others

Letting Go of the Need To Be Better Than Others

Dan Pearce of the “Single Dad, Laughing” blog has written an arresting article called “I’m Christian, Unless You’re Gay.” There is much in there that I applaud and support. I encourage all to read the story and the follow-up, and to learn well from it. I do need to put that recommendation in context, for Pearce says he’s not religious, and he gets some things wrong in his description of Christianity. I’ll come back to that in a bit. But…

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Foot-Washing Today

Foot-Washing Today

Many churches practice a foot-washing ceremony on Maundy Thursday, following the example and command Jesus gave in John 13:1-15. We used to do that at a church we attended in Orlando. I felt pretty uncomfortable taking a basin of water to people who had removed their shoes and socks, and washing and wiping their feet. It felt strange when someone did it for me. I wonder if these services miss the point completely. I’m told that foot-washing was very normal…

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Ten Turning Points: Again, Why the Cross?

Ten Turning Points: Again, Why the Cross?

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference When Jesus died on the cross he did it for joy and for love. We saw that last time in this series. That doesn’t tell us much, though, about what was actually helpful about his dying.. Earlier in this series (here and here) we looked at humanity’s fundamental problem, our separation from God due to disobedience. This is a spiritual separation, a lack of relationship between us and God,…

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Ten Turning Points: Why the Cross?

Ten Turning Points: Why the Cross?

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference Why did Jesus die on the cross? Last time in this series I explored Bruce L. Shelley’s observation, “Christianity is the only major religion to have as its central event the humiliation of its God.” Why would God—why would any God—endure such a thing? Let’s see what the Bible has to say about it. Hebrews 12:1,2 is a good place to start: Therefore, since we are surrounded by so…

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