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Jesus’ Grannies

In the Jesus’ Granddads series last week, I pointed out the startling reality that the Gospels of Matthew and Luke each include a genealogical record for Jesus Christ, and that they don’t agree. But I neglected to tell you which one is my favorite. … Continue reading

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Jesus’ Granddads, Part 2

Yesterday, we looked at the startling fact that the genealogies of Jesus that are recorded in Matthew 1 and Luke 3 are completely different – and explored a couple of theories put forward by biblical scholars to explain the discrepancy. Both theories feel a … Continue reading

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Jesus’ Granddads, Part 1

The first 17 verses of the New Testament are not the most compelling read in the Bible, but they’re pretty iconic, and entirely relevant at Christmastime. And if you look at them from the right angle, they’re actually kinda beautiful. … Continue reading

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The I-Word

‘All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”)’. – Matthew 1:22-23 Umm, Matthew, don’t you … Continue reading

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The T-Word, Part 4: When People Test God

I’m not sure how I’d fare if I had to spend six hours in an unforgiving outdoor environment without food or water. But according to Matthew 4, Mark 1 and Luke 4, Jesus lasted six weeks under these conditions. On purpose. And what’s … Continue reading

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The T-Word, Part 1: Tests Suck

Test. The word is enough to put fear in the heart of any middle schooler, and I’m not sure that’s a dread we ever outgrow. When someone ticks us off, we say they are ‘testing my patience’. When we’re discouraged, … Continue reading

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More Grave Questions

In many a dark hour, I’ve been thinkin’ about this That Jesus Christ was betrayed by a kiss But I can’t think for you, You’ll have to decide Whether Judas Iscariot had God on his side That’s from the Bob Dylan classic … Continue reading

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Holy Moly, It’s Holy Week!

Lent 2014 has passed much more quickly than I’m accustomed to, and I’m bragging, not complaining … I think. You see, in my relatively short Christian life, I’ve found Lent to be pretty difficult. It’s tough for me to keep … Continue reading

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God is Gentle

There’s a scene in John Steinbeck’s classic novel Of Mice and Men where the kind-hearted but dim-witted character Lennie literally loves his puppy to death. Lennie means only to snuggle and coddle the cute little critter, but doesn’t know his own … Continue reading

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God Loves You

God loves you. You probably knew that already, but have you let that reality grab hold of you recently? Every now and then, I slip back into my default understanding of the love of God. It’s quite easy for me … Continue reading

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