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He is risen indeed!

Easter is the most important day of our year as Christians. What is the biggest Christian holiday the world celebrates? It’s Christmas. The world goes nuts for Christmas. The world goes crackers for Christmas. The world goes nutcrackers for Christmas. But Easter slips by in our culture without much fanfare. It’s a long weekend maybe, […]

Palm Sunday: The Power of Love

On this day, Christians around the world celebrate the event that got Jesus killed; his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, where the common people proclaimed him King. The Roman authorities saw a rebellion fermenting, and the religious leadership of the Sanhedrin didn’t like Jesus’s challenge to their authority—which he displayed, soon after entering the city, by […]

Judges 6: Test or Trust?

When Rick Warren founded Saddleback Church in 1980, someone asked him, “how big do you think this church will get?” Rick replied, “we’ll have 20,000 members.” The questioner joked, “Who do you think you are?” Rick answered, “it’s not about who I am. It’s about who God is.” Today, Saddleback has about 29,000 in worship […]

Deuteronomy 11: Because I Said So

Raising kids gives me a lot of respect for God’s position vis-à-vis the Israelites. We keep trying to teach them; they keep resisting. Do you remember when you resisted your parents’ rules—”why do I have to?” and they said, “Because I said so?” And if you’re a parent, do you remember the day your whiny […]

Leviticus 23–Be an Odd Duck

I have been so encouraged that almost all of our church has joined on our Bible reading plan for the year. These passages in Levitius are challenging because they are so dense with meaning that they require a lot of interpretation. So I want to encourage you to take the time to think about and […]

I have been so encouraged that almost all of our church has joined on our Bible reading plan for the year. These passages in Levitius are challenging because they are so dense with meaning that they require a lot of interpretation. So I want to encourage you to take the time to think about and […]

Exodus 33: God’s Backside

The readings we had for this week may have seemed technical, repetitive, boring, and weird, full of strange commands like how to cut apart a goat and burn it on the fire. But all these chapters focus around a central theme: how do we encounter God? It’s an important question: maybe it’s the important question. […]

Exodus 12: Miracles

As I’ve considered miracles this week, reading the book of Exodus, my working definition of a miracle is: a miracle is when God demonstrates who He is. Up until now, we have seen God doing amazing things—creating the world, the great flood, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, the birth of Isaac—but we haven’t seen […]