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Calling All Neurotics: Sermon On The Mount–Intro (6)

Calling All Neurotics: Sermon On The Mount–Intro (6)

I am ready to leave the “introductory remarks” to the Sermon the Mount, and begin the second phase of our study: a deep dive into the scholarly background and history of interpretation. But one last introductory post is needed. Since I have argued that the Sermon on the Mount paints a new vision, sets out a new lifestyle, and invites…

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The Cost Of Apprenticeship: Sermon On The Mount–Intro (5)

The Cost Of Apprenticeship: Sermon On The Mount–Intro (5)

Allow me to take stock of where we are.  To help us get our bearings, I am introducing some key “starting points” for understanding the Sermon on the Mount. First we saw that happiness is found in Jesus Christ, but involves a radically different way of seeing the world (and ourselves). Christ came to offer abundant life–the life of the…

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New Things To Love: Sermon On The Mount–Intro (3)

New Things To Love: Sermon On The Mount–Intro (3)

“What do you want?” These are the first words of Jesus in the Gospel of John (John 1:38). What a challenging question! And to you and me, the reader, he asks it again and again–in a number of ways. To a man in need of sight (Mk 10:51; Lk 18:41), and to disciples who struggled with spiritual vision (Mt 20:32;…

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The Complete Art Of Happiness: Sermon On The Mount–Intro (1)

The Complete Art Of Happiness: Sermon On The Mount–Intro (1)

[Today I begin a series of blog posts reflecting on the Sermon on the Mount. I am spending the summer reading this fascinating and challenging text for three reasons: 1) to prepare for my Christian Ethics course this fall, 2) to prepare for a Sunday morning Bible class at Cloverdale, and 3)…to be fully transparent…to resist the forces of culture…

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What Books I Am Reading In 2018

What Books I Am Reading In 2018

Nick Roark (over at Tolle Lege) will inspire just about anyone to keep a book log. And so I shall. Some books will involve current issues in my field of study, or important works that inspire current conversation. But my heart lies with Lewis, who made an impassioned plea to recover a love for old books, and the wisdom that…

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Charge to HU Ministry Students 2018

Charge to HU Ministry Students 2018

[On May 4, 2018, I was honored to give the charge on behalf of the faculty to graduating students of ministry at Harding University’s blessing ceremony. Due to time constraints, I offered a condensed presentation. The following is the longer, written version of that charge.] Repeat after me: Communion. Community. Character. Calling. Tonight, I draw my charge from the latter…

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Why I Preach Christ Crucified

Why I Preach Christ Crucified

“I preach Christ crucified. Not as some sad moment to get your sympathy; not as a trinket I wear around my neck to sub for some piece of sympathetic magic. No. I believe heaven touched earth in the person of Jesus Christ. I believe the powers of darkness were lassoed at the cross. I believe Satan and all of his…

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But…God!

But…God!

When stories (in Scripture and in life) begin with me, they are full of toil and trouble. “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins” (Eph 2:1 NIV). “At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures…being hated and hating one another” (Titus 3:3 NIV). But God enters…

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