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Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

READ Psalm 114:1-8
Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,
at the presence of the God of Jacob.
Psalm 114:7
One Saturday morning when I was a teenager, my friend Mike and I rode our bikes to our school in order to play handball. The school was deserted, and we had our pick of the outdoor […]

Tod Bolsinger Offers Wise Insights on Pastors and Their Souls

Friday, April 9th, 2010

A couple of days ago I posted excerpts from a recent letter of John Piper to his congregation. In this letter, Piper explains in strikingly honest terms that he is taking an eight-month leave of absence from his pastoral duties in order to focus on his marriage and his soul.
Today, on his blog, It Takes […]

Now That’s What I Call a Mascot!

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Today as I was driving to work I saw a bus from St. Mary’s University. This highly-regarded university, situated in San Antonio, was founded in 1852 and is the oldest Catholic university in the Southwest.
I’ve been familiar with St. Mary’s ever since I moved to Texas, near San Antonio, two and a half years ago. […]

A Christian Leader Opens His Heart and Sets an Example for Us

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

I learned today that John Piper, Pastor for Preaching and Vision of Bethlehem Baptist Church, prolific author, and one of our nation’s most influential Christian leaders, is taking an eight-month leave from his work as a pastor, writer, and speaker.
This, in and of itself, is a bit surprising, given Piper’s usual volume of productivity, which […]

A Surprising Easter Tradition

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Most of our traditional Easter practices happen on Easter Sunday: going to church with family, a sunrise service, a special dinner, wearing fancy spring dresses, hunting for eggs, and so forth. In church, we sing music reserved for Easter, hymns such as “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today.” And in many of our churches, we […]

Five Reasons to Love Spring

Monday, April 5th, 2010

In my adult years, I have come to enjoy flowers. When I lived in Irvine, I would always plant flowers at about this time of year: Impatiens, Begonias, etc.  Things are different now. My yard in Texas is considerably more natural and unkempt. And flower gardens tend to become a buffet for the deer. So […]

God’s Resurrection Power for Us!

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

READ Ephesians 1:19-23
I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.
Ephesians 1:19-20
Christ is risen! He is risen, […]

The Seven Last Words of Christ for Holy Week: The Seventh Word

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

READ Luke 23:44-56
 “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands.”
Luke 23:46
Two of the last seven “words” of Jesus were quotations from the Psalms. Earlier Jesus had used Psalm 22, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” to express his anguish. Later he borrowed from Psalm 31, which comes to us from Luke […]

The Seven Last Words of Christ for Holy Week: The Sixth Word

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

READ John 19:19-30
“It is finished.”
John 19:30
I never saw a more difficult film to watch than Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ. For most of that movie, I wanted to avert my eyes. It was horrible to watch even a cinematic version of a crucifixion. And it was beyond comprehension to think that this […]

What Kind of Theological Renewal Does the Evangelical Church Need Most?

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

The Evangelical Portal of the Patheos website is featuring a new conversation called the Cross Investigations Group. Here’s how Patheos describes this endeavor:
The Cross Investigations series encourages pastors, professors, authors, and bloggers to explore questions of import to the church in a coherent and cooperative manner. Every two weeks, a question will be posed to […]
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