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A Final Note for Fathers

Author: Matt McCauleyCategory: Parenting

Without looking, what would you expect to find in the final verse of the Old Testament? If you had to guess, whom do you think the Lord would choose to address? What command would He give? What promise would He make? What final words would He echo into the 400 years of silence between the close of the Old Testament and beginning of the New?

The Search for God in Prometheus

Author: David RoarkCategory: Culture

NOTE: Minor Spoilers ahead. Ridley Scott’s new sci-fi blockbuster Prometheus, a prequel to his 1979 Alien, doesn’t offer up the thrills and chills of its predecessor. Though entertaining due to strong performances and grandiose visuals, it fails to achieve the emotional tension of the cult classic because of its sluggish pace and existential focus. But this exploration into human existence ...

Nothing New Under the Sun

Author: Mason KingCategory: Culture

There is nothing new under the sun. Yet there is a time when all things are new, at least once. This promise of the unknown drives us. Our curiosity compels us. We hold “new” as “improved” and “necessary.” This perceived need for discovery is preyed upon by advertisers and marketers, peddlers of endless new options, extorters of the human desire for novelty.

The Place of the Preached Word in Community

Author: Jared MusgroveCategory: General

If preaching matters so much, what are we to do with the sermon in our communities? For far too long we’ve placed preaching and community in separate silos. But clear biblical proclamation must always be connected to and driving gospel-centered community. Believer, the best you have to offer the people in your daily sphere is your own passionate pursuit of God. Biblical preaching serves the ...

Advanced Citizenship

Author: Matt YoungerCategory: Culture

In The American President, a movie I’ve always loved, Michael Douglas offers the climactic line: “America isn't easy. America is advanced citizenship. You've got to want it bad, cause it's gonna put up a fight.” Citizenship in the United States requires more than sitting and watching. It’s a thinking sport. Americans sit at the confluence of the global political economy and local school ...

Going Deeper With God

Author: Jim SpoontsCategory: General

How do I go deeper in my relationship with God? Let’s look at others who’ve gone deep with God. King David wrote many of the Psalms. Reading a psalm is taking a peek into his prayer journal – seeing his deepest thoughts and feelings. In Psalm 23 he says, “The Lord is my Shepherd….He makes me lie down in green pastures….He leads me by still waters….He restores my soul….He leads me ...

Strong Truth in a Simple Melody

Author: Michael BleeckerCategory: Worship & Music, Parenting

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 There are many ways a parent can “train up a child,” but one of my favorite ways is to teach God’s Word through a melody. Even before my oldest son was born, I would sing the words of the old hymn "Before the Throne of God Above" at night, hoping somehow the truth in that song would make ...

The Forgotten Zwingli

Author: Jared MusgroveCategory: General

Luther. Calvin. The Mantle and Ruth who brought out the boomsticks of church reform. The Superman and Batman of the Justified League. Their names are mentioned in the same breath with the word “Reformation.” Zwingli. Oh yeah. He was around too. I think. Like an Aquaman of Reformers, he remains a tad obscure. Most of us have a ripple of awareness he’s in the League.

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