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The Feast of Passover and the Lord’s Supper

Author: David SmithCategory: Theology

On October 3, 1789, George Washington signed and issued a proclamation that Thursday, the 26th of November of that year, would be a day set aside for rendering thanks to “that great and glorious Being” for the newfound government, peace and plenty found in America. The tradition continued, and on October 3, 1863, Abraham Lincoln established Thanksgiving Day to be a permanent national ...

If We Survive the Night

Author: Mason KingCategory: Theology

I’ve been fiddling with this brush for hours. I’ve washed it four times and still can’t wipe the blood from my mind. For weeks, things have been happening. The water turned. The locusts came. Then the darkness. For three days the sun disappeared. Life has been turned upside down. And now this. Sitting here in the dark of night. She’s been so strong. My wife forced her ...

The Gospel and Exodus

Author: JT EnglishCategory: Theology

When I was a kid, I had a Bible on my nightstand that I would read from time to time. Not knowing where to start, I would begin in Genesis 1 and inevitably, I would get lost somewhere in Exodus, Numbers or—if I was really ambitious—Leviticus. I could not understand how these stories fit with each other or how they fit with the more familiar stories in the New Testament. I really ...

Is Your Righteousness Really Like Filthy Rags?

Author: Kyle WorleyCategory: Theology

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Cor. 5:17) We were on our way back from a mission trip. For me, going abroad had been a huge sacrifice of time, energy and resources. It was costly, but I felt the Lord calling me into it, and while there, I saw the Lord move through the faithfulness of young men and women who had made ...

Diagnosing False Repentance

Author: Brady GoodwinCategory: Theology

“I’m so scared I might lose my job or my marriage. What would I do if others found out?” “Fine, you’re right. I’m sorry. I promise I’ll never do it again.” “What do I need to do to make it right to you? I’ll do anything. Will you be happy then?” “I just can’t forgive myself.” Repentance is essential for the ...

Mary: Daughter of Eve or Mother of God?

Author: Caroline SmileyCategory: Theology

Each line of The Apostles’ Creed is carefully crafted, expressing essential Christian doctrine while staying surprisingly concise. This precision gives each word a weightiness and draws special attention to the the third line: that Jesus was “conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary.” So how is it possible that a teenage girl from a bad neighborhood made it ...

Fattening Up the Family Soul

Author: Adam GriffinCategory: Culture, Theology

The thing that I don’t like about vigorous exercise is that it’s miserable. My mind has a hard time countering the agony of strenuous athletic undertakings to the sheer delight of sitting at ease. Don’t get me wrong: I believe exercise is good for us, and I’m grateful to live in a society that so thoroughly values it. But should we consider some of the important and often ...

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