PURSUING FULL PARTICIPATION IN GOD'S NEW CREATION

Published: 1 week ago
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Necessities or Entitlements

I’m convinced that many people today don’t understand the difference between necessities and entitlements. Through social media, we have a tendency to hyperbolize¬†our indulgences and desires. Just look at what people post about coffee on any given day. But we need to be clear. A necessity is something without which …

Published: 3 weeks ago
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The Silent Killer

Entitlement is a silent killer. It creeps in through your mind, nestles down in your heart, and slowly eats¬†you alive from the inside. Entitlement is a virus of the soul. It puts you at odds with God. It stridently shouts at¬†heaven, “What you have given me is insufficient. I must …

Published: 4 weeks ago
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Book Review: The Experience of God by David Bentley Hart

What the Book Is¬†About In The Experience of God, David Bentley Hart makes a compelling case for classical theism. Drawing from a wide array of sources, including Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and Hindu thinkers, Hart weaves together their most basic theological strands into a beautiful tapestry¬†of the divine. With tremendous respect …

Published: 4 weeks ago
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Naming the No

The Year of No is predicated on the idea that you can only overcome the temptation you are faced with right now. You can’t resist the sins and temptations that are going to face you in six months. You can’t tackle your entire entitlement-mountain today, but you can take one …

Published: 1 month ago
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The Year of No: 2015

At about this time last year I had an idea that I thought would help people¬†make lasting changes in¬†their¬†lives. I called it The Year of No. The idea took hold with some folks, myself included, but my¬†life took a very hard turn last winter with my son Zekey’s health, and …

Published: 5 months ago

Sermon Audio: The Walking Dead

The zombie phenomenon is fascinating. Our culture has become obsessed with the undead, and no show on television is capitalizing off of this phenomenon – or driving it – more than The Walking Dead. At first blush The Walking Dead appears to be nothing more than a serialized monster movie, …

Published: 5 months ago

Sermon Audio: Fringe

This morning we began a new series at Grace Church called The Netflix Gospel. This was an idea I had several months ago, based on a series we did at LifePoint Church last year called Now Playing. At LifePoint, we examined several movies (which were in theaters at the time) …

Published: 8 months ago
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The Zekey Trip: Part 2

Last Thursday we left our campsite in Flagstaff, AZ, and headed north in a rented car toward the Grand Canyon. It would be my second time to the Grand Canyon, but for Breena and the kids, it was their first. Before we arrived at the park, we drove through some …

Published: 8 months ago
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The Zekey Trip: Part 1

We’re calling it the Zekey Trip. We had made arrangements with Make-A-Wish to take an RV trip all across the country, but when Zekey passed away in March, Make-A-Wish could no longer make the trip happen. Breena and I both felt that the trip would be an important investment in …

Published: 8 months ago
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The Reason for Our Hope

Since our son Ezekiel passed away two and a half months ago, Breena and I have been often asked:¬†How are you doing?¬†The truth is, we’re doing well. This fact can be difficult for some to understand. After all, our 4 1/2 year old son died of a terrible disease that …