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Our Mission Trip to Iceland: A Sunday Morning, Coffee House Update

On Facebook, I’ve had a chance to share a few updates from our mission trip. Today, as we get ready to go to church (at 2pm UTC), we are stopping in a local coffee shop—the Flagship Coffee House of the North Atlantic—and stopping to give a brief update on our trip. So, here are six highlights from the trip. Six Highlights from Iceland The Landscape T...

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Looking Forward to Jesus

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Yet Another Prediction Is Christ returning today or tomorrow? Many people are talking about it thanks to yet another group announcing their conjectures based on mathematical gymnastics and astronomical mysticism. As of now, the deadline for Christ’s return has been announced as scheduled for sometime between now and sundown on Saturday, September 23 in Israel. ...

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What is the Protestant Reformation?

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Five-hundred years ago, on October 31, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the Wittenberg Castle Church door. This action launched a series of disputations about the Bible, the gospel, and the church—to name only a few. In time, Luther’s action would be considered the spark which ignited the Protestant Reformation. But what is the Protestant Reform...

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The Warfare Worldview of Ephesians

When was the last time you prayed against the devil? Or, attributed your physical pain or emotional vexations to a demonic spirit? If it has been some time (or never), it’s probably because you live in 21st Century America, where the evils of the world—moral and natural—are explained by biological factors and scientific calculation. But if you lived in 1...

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What good is a book Club?

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What goes through your head when you hear the words, "book club"? For me it has conjured up a list of images including but not limited to:   A bunch of scholarly men in tweed jackets, sitting in an Ivy League study, smoking cigars, nursing glasses of Scotch and pontificating on books that I've only lied about reading. I imagine the discussion being more of a compe...

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Preaching the Psalms Canonically: A Postscript

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Instead of a Sermon Discussion guide this week, I’ve written up something of a Post-Script to the Psalms, a few reflections on reading and preaching the Psalms as one unified book. For the PDFs of each book, see Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, Book 4, Book 5. Hopefully, in the next few days I can publish the bibliography of resources (books, chapters...

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Great Commission Prayer: Gathering to Pray, Praying for Our Labors

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Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know ho...

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From Dust to Trust: Rebuilding Shattered Dreams with the God of the Psalms

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What happens when your dreams are pulverized? To whom do you turn? Where do you run? In the Psalms, Book 3 (Psalms 73–89) concludes with the crushing news that the crown of David had been buried in the dust of the earth. In short, because of Israel’s sin, and the sin of David’s sons in particular, God permitted the nations of Egypt and Babylon to plunder...

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From Exaltation to Exile: The Tragic Fall of David’s House

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From Exaltation to Exile: The Tragic Fall of David’s House In his chapter on the Psalms, Paul House writes of Book 3, Psalms 73–89: Subtle shifts in tone, superscriptions and content leading up to historical summaries in Psalms 78 and 89 indicate that part three [Psalms 73–89] reflects Israel’s decline into sin and exile. This national demise occu...

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Do Good Things Happen to Bad People?

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This last Sunday we looked at Psalm 73. This psalm displays Asaph’s struggle as he observes the wicked prospering while the righteous suffer. Asaph looks horizontally and sees the prosperity of the wicked and how they mock God. He then shifts his focus heavenward and finds correction for his heart. It is then that he can say, “Whom have I in heaven but you?&rdq...

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