The Commandment That Cuts to the Heart

“Thou shalt not covet.” It’s Commandment No.10, the last in the list in Exodus 20. Its place at the end of the list does nothing to diminish its significance, however. This commandment carries a breadth and scope that touches everything about us. It’s a rule about our wants and how...

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When Culture Fails

These things I learned this week: That in the culture, individualism can be good, as long as I don’t make an idol of me. Culturally speaking, community is desired; but don’t make an idol of them. Who-a-person-is subjectively is discovered in receiving an objective identity; it is not found by...

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Value Pack

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? — shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” “As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.  Nay, in all these things we...

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The Power of Presence

Psalm 73 puts down in verse things that we have all thought at some time or another. We groan at the success of those seemingly so rooted in evil practices. The psalmist labeled such thoughts as envy as he made a confession. He related a series of observations on how...

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Worship, Wonder and War

I came to church as a guitar player who could sing a little. Over time, I developed some skill in leading worship with a small group in a coffee house. Those song sets were not so polished, but lots of fun. I can even say that the whole experience helped...

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