You Belong to God: Inspiration from The High Calling

You Belong to God Psalm 100:1-5 Know that the LORD is God— he made us; we belong to him. We are his people, the sheep of his own pasture. Psalm 100:3 CEB I’ll never forget my first baseball uniform. As a member of the Athletics, a T-ball team in Glendale, California, I was privileged to [Read More...]

How Do We Know God? The Answer of Epiphany

"The Baptism of Christ," by James Janknegt. http://uts.cc.utexas.edu/~janknegt/r0012.html

2 Timothy 1:8-11 And now he has made all of this plain to us by the appearing of Christ Jesus, our Savior. He broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the Good News. 2 Timothy 1:10 How do we know God? The Christian answer to this question flows [Read More...]

Keeping Christmas Well: Live with Graceful Generosity

You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9 How can we live rich, full lives? How can we flourish at work and at home, at church and in the [Read More...]

Fascinating Conversations on Faith, Politics, and Culture

Dr. Peter Berger at the Faith Angle Forum

Looking for a serious yet available discussion of Mormonism and politics? Wondering about the current state of the religion vs. science debate? Curious about how the religious world looks from the perspective of an expert in the sociology of religion? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then let me point you to [Read More...]

Keeping Christmas Well: Live as a Child of God

But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. Galatians 4:4-5 Can we know God intimately, personally? How is this possible? [Read More...]

Keeping Christmas Well: Imitate the Humility and Sacrifice of Jesus

Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. Philippians 2:7 How should the Incarnation impact our behavior in the Christian community? What does the fact that the divine Son became human tell us about how we should live? We find answers [Read More...]

Keeping Christmas Well: Be Part of Christ’s Presence in the World

All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 12:27 How is Christ present in the world today? How can you and I represent him in our daily lives? Our text from 1 Corinthians 12 answers these questions by use of an incarnational analogy. First-century Corinthian [Read More...]

Keeping Christmas Well: Taste the New Creation

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17 Happy New Year! Yes, today is the first day of the new year. But it is also the eighth day in the Christian season of Christmas. So, today we [Read More...]

Top Ten Archeological Discoveries in 2011 . . . Plus a Concern About Texas

I always enjoy reading the blog of Dr. Claude Mariottini, Professor of Old Testament at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. One of the things he does is to link to fascinating articles that I would surely miss without his guidance. One such article appeared on Archaeology, the website of the Archaeological Institute of America. It featured [Read More...]

Keeping Christmas Well: Offer Your Body to God

And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Romans 12:1 Do our bodies really matter? Or are they [Read More...]

Keeping Christmas Well: Approach God with Boldness

So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. Hebrews 4:16 If we’re sinful people, how is it possible for us to come into the presence of a sinless, perfect God? And if [Read More...]

Keeping Christmas Well: Remember That Jesus Understands

Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested. Hebrews 2:18 Does God understand us? How does God regard us when we struggle? When we’re discouraged? When we’re tempted? Hebrews 2:10-18 offers an encouraging answer to these questions. As we saw in yesterday’s Reflection, [Read More...]

Keeping Christmas Well: Receive the Forgiveness of Jesus

Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Hebrews 2:14 How can we escape from the power of sin and [Read More...]

Keeping Christmas Well: Know God through Jesus the Son

No one has ever seen God. But the one and only Son is himself God and is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us. John 1:18 How do we know God? How can we know God, not just theologically, but relationally? Let’s keep these questions in mind as we turn to [Read More...]

Keeping Christmas Well: Focus on the Incarnation

So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son. John 1:14 Today is the second installment in a series of reflections called Keeping Christmas Well. If you missed my introduction [Read More...]

A Doodle for Christmas Day

Click on the image to the right to see the Advent Doodle for Christmas Day, December 25. For the last seven years, I have put up an online Advent calendar during the season of Advent. It featured pictures suitable for the season, matched with passages of Scripture. This year, I’m doing an online Advent Calendar [Read More...]


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