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A Pastor’s Reflections: Drowning in Bibles

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I recently received a Christian bookstore catalog in the mail, and so I began to flip through its pages, naturally. One thing I noticed was how large the Bible section was. Among the many standard translations, KJV, NKJV, NIV, TNIV, NAS, CEB, ESV, RSV, NRSV, there was a glut of…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Christ in the Old Testament

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In the wake of the death and resurrection of Christ a number of Jesus’ disciples failed to receive word that their Lord and Savior had arisen from the dead. Under the impression that Jesus was dead in his tomb, the disciples walked on the road to Emmaus until a visitor…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: The True Rock Stars

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If I were to ask my students to give me a list of the top ten theological rock stars, I suspect I know who most of the names that would appear. In many respects, this is understandable. There are many gifted and talented ministers who have very public ministries and…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Defining Success

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We live in an age of celebrity where people become famous for merely being famous—they have little talent or significant skills. They have become adroit at taking selfies and giving people the impression that they’re someone to watch and emulate. Unfortunately the same type of pattern emerges in the church…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Supplication

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If there’s a part of prayer that few Christians need encouragement to include, it’s supplication. One of the privileges of redemption is our adoption, the fact that our union with Christ grants us the status as God’s sons. As Paul writes: “For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Thanksgiving

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One of the common characteristics we find in the apostle Paul’s letters is the number of times he gives thanks to God in prayer. The opening of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians is an example of this: “I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Forgive Us Our Debts

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The familiar phrase, “forgive us our debts,” is probably known to most Christians because it comes from the Lord’s Prayer. When Christ’s disciples asked him how they should pray, Jesus identified the confession of sin as one of the key elements of prayer (Matt. 6:12). I suspect that most Christians…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: The Narthex of Prayer

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I think one of the weakest areas of the Christian life for many is prayer. We seldom spend significant time in prayer unless we find ourselves in a period of suffering or trial. Under such circumstances we might regularly engage in prayer. But if public prayers are any indication of…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Daily Practice

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What’s the best way to build and hone a skill? Daily practice. This is true with many skills in life, but especially true regarding the biblical languages. Students come to seminary, learn Greek and Hebrew, leave seminary, and then forget everything that they learned. From one vantage point, this is…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Ready to Lose

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This past spring I had my first experience as a parent sitting on the sidelines and cheering for my son as he played organized team soccer. I have to say it was quite the experience. I got very caught up in the games and became as excited or more than…
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