simply, Christian

looking for God in all the wrong places

reflections on Luke 2.41-52

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Our church follows the Narrative Lectionary, and yesterday's Gospel reading was Luke's record of Mary and Joseph losing track of Jesus after the Feast of the Passover. In this account, Jesus famously asks Mary, "Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father's business?" (Luke 2.49 NKJV). . . .

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January 04, 2021

"Is Christmas a Pagan Rip-off?" (link)

the truth about December 25th

By Kevin DeYoung at The Gospel Coalition:

We’ve heard it so many times that it’s practically part of the Christmas story itself.

The Romans celebrated their seven-day winter festival, Saturnalia, starting on December 17. It was a thoroughly pagan affair full of debauchery and the worship of the god Saturn. To mark the . . .

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December 22, 2020

why I don't stand when veterans are recognized

some thoughts on vocation

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This post will make some of you upset. It's okay. Despite how most of our society handles itself online, we're able to disagree about things.

Last week, my family and I were at two separate events where veterans were asked to stand and be recognized. Neither of these events was associated with the military or any . . .

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December 15, 2020

'only-begotten' vs 'one-and-only': a pastoral perspective and plea

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Since Dale Moody's 1953 article in the Journal of Biblical Literature, the consensus of modern New Testament scholars through the remainder of the 20th century was that the Greek word monogenes should not be translated and understood in the traditional way as 'only-begotten' (as the KJV, NKJV, NASB, and EHV translate it) . . .

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Posted in: greektheology

July 06, 2020

happiness, fear, and faith in Christ

thoughts on pandemic from The Jagged Word

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My apologies for linking to this late, it was posted while we were recently on family vacation and blissfully disconnected from the internet.

Not long ago, the folks at The Jagged Word posted a synopsis of one of their recent podcasts where they discussed the topics of happiness and fear in a COVID-ridden world. The quotes . . .

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Posted in: lifetheology

May 29, 2020

pray without ceasing

recommended resources for getting started with the Daily Office

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In my last post, I promised to detail some resources I've found helpful in learning to pray the Daily Office. If you're wondering what prompted this post, I suggest you start there. Don't worry, this article isn't going anywhere. It will be here when you get back!

As I mentioned before, there are a number of . . .

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May 08, 2020

I'm done with online 'worship'

a plea to abandon virtual 'worship' in favor of learning to pray

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I'm done with online 'corporate worship.'
I detest it. I can't stand it. It makes me want to scream.
I tried to make the best of it, I really did, but I've decided that I despise everything about it.

It is neither corporate nor worship. It is a facade, not even a decent interim solution to our . . .

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April 22, 2020