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When the NIV Gets Tricksy (Why Greek Matters Part 13)

I am one of the last people I know to dog on the NIV. Honestly, I think its a fairly decent translation. Not my favorite modern english translation, but decent. Nevertheless, there are moments when reading the NIV that make … Continue reading

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Closing Your Bowels and the Meaning of Love (1 John 3:17) – Why Greek Matters (Part 5)

I’m unsure if you’ll believe me, but I am not preparing to launch into a discussion on bodily processes, but rather, New Testament Greek and the New Testament concept of love. I have often heard sincere Christian people define love as … Continue reading

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Why Greek Matters (Part 4) – The Lamb is Worthy (Revelation 5)

Jesus is worthy to take the scroll and open its seals (Rev. 5:9). Jesus is worthy to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing (Rev. 5:12). What is the relationship between these two … Continue reading

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Becoming a Deep Person is the Most Fruitful Long-term Approach to Loving God and Neighbor (Principles and Practices for the Spiritual Life, Part 2a)

“Superficiality is the curse of our age. The doctrine of instant satisfaction is a primary spiritual problem. The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people.” (Richard Foster, Celebration … Continue reading

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Love is How We Open to Life (Principles and Practices for the Spiritual Life, Part 1d)

There are two general postures toward life: open or closed. The former is characterized by the risk, passion, wonder and joy of giving one’s self in a whole and undivided way. We reach beyond the encroachment of our self-contained shell … Continue reading

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New Years Resolutions, Industrial Holiness and the Spirituality of Life

I am personally not a fan of new-years resolutions, because most never get accomplished. However, I’ve decided to take some time to reflect on what it might mean to “sanctify” the coming year to God. My thoughts here are following … Continue reading

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Emotions Commanded in Scripture

The Scripture does not only command us to do certain activites. We are also commanded to feel certain emotions. Thus an emotion-less obedience is not in fact full obedience. God calls us to follow and obey him with our entire … Continue reading

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