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The Passover Lamb

Author: Clint PatronellaCategory: Culture, Theology

The Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, He broke it and said something none of His disciples expected. In order to appreciate the unexpected, we need to know what the disciples expected. The Passover. The Last Supper was not an ordinary meal. It was a meal of remembrance known as the Passover, celebrated each year (Exod. 12:1–51, Matt. ...

The Truth About David and Jonathan

Author: Jared MusgroveCategory: Culture, Theology

"But, dude, they were gay." That was the response from a young collegiate after I shared a devotional on David and Jonathan with a group of Christian college men years ago. Such was the firestorm that followed. Several guys approached me asking why I would argue that Christian men take a page from David and Jonathan. "They were gay," these guys said. "Were they?" I responded. "Where in the story ...

Community, Mission and Technology

Author: Brandon BarkerCategory: General, Culture

Technology is a gift that should be redeemed and utilized by the church for the global mission of God – to see people from all nations exalt Jesus as Lord. With The City we can be more aware of prayer needs inside our body. Through Facebook I was able to speak about Christ with my college roommate in Spain. On Twitter the gospel is penetrating countries that missionaries cannot. However, this ...

The Gospel Flowing In and Out

Author: Trevor JoyCategory: Missions, Theology

From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God ...

On Demons, Discipleship and Deliverance

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight. C.S. Lewis, Preface to The Screwtape Letters. What’s up with demons? ...

Why Sing?

Author: Michael BleeckerCategory: Worship & Music

Singing is a biblical command. The psalms are filled with the obligation (Ps. 66: “Shout for joy, all the earth; sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise”). But even the New Testament takes up this duty: Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.

God of Two Testaments - Part 2

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

In Part 1 of this blog, we considered the seeming duplicity of divine character as presented in the Old and New Testament. In asking why God appears so harsh in the Old Testament and kind in the New, we saw that such a perspective relies heavily upon a dismissal of a large degree of biblical revelation. By focusing on one attribute, we tend to neglect another and thus lose sight of the glory of ...

God of Two Testaments - Part 1

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

Why is the picture of God’s character in the Old Testament so different from that in the New? One testament portrays a God cursing and destroying His enemies, judging and disciplining sin, demanding holiness, killing the firstborn and sacrificing the innocent. It is bloody and violent. The other testament portrays a God sending missionaries to the nations, healing the sick, raising the dead, ...

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