In preparation for Advent

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Advent begins this Sunday, Nov 27th. I’ve never celebrated Advent, so this is a first for me. A few weeks back I asked for help in finding family devotions for the Advent season. I had a good number of helpful suggestions; thanks to all who chimed in. I have just completed reading Robert Webber’s chapter [Read More...]

My Praise for Longenecker’s Remember the Poor

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A couple weeks ago, Michael wrote a brief post noting the new book by Bruce Longenecker called Remember the Poor: Paul, Poverty and the Greco-Roman World. I picked a copy up at SBL and began reading it with great interest. This topic is important to me and very timely given the discussions being had on [Read More...]

What is the Mission of the Church?, A Review

The post is the full review of  What Is the Mission of the Church?: Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission by Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert. [Read more...]

What is NOT the Mission of the Church? 8

This post brings my review of Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert’s book to a close. I want to thank them for contributing such a well written and thought provoking argument. Although I can’t claim to have read widely on the subject of mission, I can concur with the sentiments of D. A. Carson in his [Read More...]

Sermon on Colossians 2:8-15 at College Life

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On Sunday night I have the privilege of preaching a sermon at North Park’s weekly gathering College Life. Here’s the link if your interested in listening to my sermon “In Messiah Alone”.   [Read more...]

What is NOT the Mission of the Church? 7

In this post on Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert’s book I want to reflect on chapter 8, “Seeking Shalom: Understanding the New Heavens and the New Earth”. While I don’t think I’d come out much different from them in conclusion—they advocate a “faithful presence” a la James Davidson Hunter, I think there are at least [Read More...]

What is NOT the Mission of the Church? 6

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In this post, I want to commend Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert’s two chapters on Social Justice: “Making Sense of Social Justice: Exposition” (6) and “Making Sense of Social Justice: Application” (7) in their book What’s the Mission of the Church?. These chapters usefully center of a pendulum that has swung far in one direction [Read More...]

Sabbatical Messianism

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In reading Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert’s discussion of the Jubilee year from Leviticus 25, it reminded me of something I discovered while working on my Ph.D. thesis. In studying the concept of “messianism”, I came across the idea of “Sabbatical Messianism” (you probably never heard of this, I hadn’t at the time). [Read more...]


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