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11 Suggestions for Your Summer

The publishers of the Christian Standard Bible recently sent out an email with a list of practical suggestions for using the summer to connect with neighbors for the advance of God's kingdom. Here's a modified version of that list: Move to your front yard. Think about where you're more likely to see your neighbors, and then spend your free time there. Read a book or enj...

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Book Review: Spiritual Gifts

Thomas Schreiner is the professor of New Testament Interpretation at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and has written The King in His Beauty: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments, along with numerous books and commentaries at both a scholarly and more popular level. His recent book, Spiritual Gifts: What They Are Why They Matter is a more popular lev...

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Choosing to See the Good in the Bad and the Ugly

When we hear the expression, "the good, the bad, and the ugly," we naturally conceive three separate categories. Good things happen in life. Bad things happen in life. And while the bad and the ugly categories may bleed together at times, ugly thingsuniquely bad, life-altering thingsunfortunately occur with sufficient frequency as to require a distinct category. But can t...

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Reading the Psalms in Every Rhythm of Life

The Psalter has found massive popularity with Christians and non-Christians alike. The psalms have been sung, chanted, memorized, and meditated on by God's people, and others, for thousands of years. Simply put, the psalms are beautiful poems that speak to the soul and aid the soul in speaking to God. Whether the soul needs a medium for expressing sorrow, grief, joy, or th...

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Suffering and the Sovereignty of God

I love Narnia. If I could go anywhere and be anyone I would go to Narnia and I would be a Narnian. My love for Narnia has ebbed and flowed over the course of my life, beginning when I was a young child. My father read the Narnian chronicles aloud to all of us children after our evening family devotions. I loved hearing his different voices for the different characters. I p...

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The Mystique of Christmas Music

Love for musical expression is woven into the fabric of humanity. Dr. Mark Futato writes, "Whenever really big events occur in the history of redemption, more often than not, you'll find music and poetry." When God delivers Israel through the Red Sea, there is singing and dancing. During the height of King David's reign, we have music and poetry. When Israel's Messiah fina...

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Let's Play Ball! The Value of Games in Church Life

It was a crisp, clear November morning but the anticipation was as thick as butter. Steam rolled out of helmets while the dancing players rubbed their hands together and gazed over the frosty field, "Let's play ball" finally rang out from the Saint Louis Cardinal. "Rocky and Jim you're on my side. We'll take on the rest of you." It was going to be a good day. Mickey had pi...

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Bible Translations: Best vs. Useful

Wherever there are people there are differences of opinion. Friendly debates are had (in person and online) about sports teams, cars, diets, and so on. These kinds of arguments don't really matter all that much (unless you're talking about the Vikings current Quarterback situation). When it comes to Bible translations, similar differences of opinion arisebut these differe...

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Does it matter if Jesus Actually Arose from the Dead?

Sunday is Easter, the Christian celebration of Jesus' resurrection from the dead. Christians gather the first day of every week for this same celebration, but tomorrow marks the anniversary of the event. Or does it? "Not so," some Christian authors insist, "not the anniversary of the event, simply the commemoration of your personal experience of itwhatever 'it' means to yo...

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A Case Study in Cross-Generational Discipleship

On the exact day I was born (July 13, 1985), Dick Knox celebrated his 57thbirthday. You're probably asking, "Who is Dick Knox?" For those who don't know him, allow me to share several things about this extraordinarily ordinary friend of mine who had a profound impact for Christ upon my life. It's May 1995, and Dick Knox learns that his fellow church members Ross Maureen ...

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