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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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Overcoming Quick-Fix Anxiety (Principles and Practices for the Spiritual Life, Part 2c)

Shortcuts in the spiritual life tend to have a detrimental payoff in the long run. Foundations laid with anxiety and haste become the bane of feigned maturity built on an insecure base of imminent collapse. Why do people feel the … Continue reading

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Confronting the Sin of Despair – Hope as a Theology of Resistance

It is not so much sin that plunges us into disaster, as rather despair (John Chrysostom) Revelation 21:7-8 – “The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. 8But … Continue reading

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A Biblical Concept of God Gives Rise to Lament Not Apathy

In the atmosphere of contemporary Western Christianity, when someone voices a lament with the intensity frequently found in the Psalms, it is not uncommon for them to be looked at aghast or derided for their deficient faith and concept of … Continue reading

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Asking God the Right Question

Whenever there are times of great difficulty, pain or suffering, we naturally ask God questions. I once heard someone remark that in a certain instance people were “asking God the wrong questions.” The notion of asking God the “wrong question” … Continue reading

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Being a Prophetic Voice in Times of Disaster

From the time when a major natural disaster strikes, one can hold their breath until people have quickly announced that such a tragedy (which incidentally, happened in a place far, far away and did not remotely touch the speaker) was … Continue reading

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