The Tone of God’s Voice

Communication in our twenty-first century digital world is dominated by the written word. Emails, texts, posts, tweets, and other messages fly between our digital devices, keeping us connected and helping us get things done. Unfortunately, we’ve also created an unhealthy attachment to these devices. As I drive down the road these days, I glance at other […]

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Why Resurrection Matters

Almost twenty-four years ago, I received an abrupt phone call. The call was from my dad’s pastor, saying that he had driven up to see me and that he needed directions to my apartment. When I asked him what was going on, he evaded the question, saying that he’d share more in person. I soon […]

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God, Fun, and Happiness, part 1

Isn’t God fun? I’d be surprised if you didn’t at least raise an eyebrow or crack a smile at that question. Humans don’t tend to describe God as fun, and so that question might seem humorous, silly, or even irreverent. But I do mean it as a serious question: Is not God fun? I’m guessing […]

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Finding Hope When Empty

This week I read the Bible book of Ruth, a beautiful short story of tragedy, grief, and rescue. The story begins in Bethlehem with an Israelite couple who was being forced to move away because of a famine. The couple was named Elimelech and Naomi, and their two sons were named Mahlon and Chilion. To […]

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The Avenger

The week of Valentine’s Day, I wrote a post saying that God’s a romantic who passionately pursues those he loves. I believe the story of the Bible affirms this. If we read the Bible through, we’ll find countless examples of how God demonstrates love for people. He cares for them, rescues them, defends them, and fights […]

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Found in Translation

On March 1, Holman Bible Publishers will officially release a new Bible translation called the Christian Standard Bible (CSB). The CSB is a significant update of the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB), which first appeared in 1999. And if you’ve been reading this blog, you’ve probably already figured out that I like the CSB. Holman made […]

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