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Why Is the Road to Destruction Wide and the Road to Salvation Narrow? A Meditation on a Teaching by Jesus

June 24, 2015 23 Comments
Why Is the Road to Destruction Wide and the Road to Salvation Narrow? A Meditation on a Teaching by Jesus

In the gospel earlier this week, we read a warning from Jesus that too many people just brush aside: Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads […]

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"Alas, Alas for the Great City!" An Urgent Plea for Prayer at the New Year!

December 30, 2014 104 Comments
"Alas, Alas for the Great City!" An Urgent Plea for Prayer at the New Year!

We are very close to the new year, 2015 AD. And most of us at the new year have it in mind to pray for the future year not only for ourselves, but also for our family, country, and culture. With that in mind, there is something of an admonition to us all that I would […]

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Run, Don’t Walk, to the Nearing Jesus!

December 17, 2014 4 Comments
Run, Don’t Walk, to the Nearing Jesus!

The Lord’s coming is near. And though we have all been well taught that the word “Advent” means “coming,” there is the danger that we think we are only passively waiting for him to come.  It is not just that the Lord is coming to us, but that we are also journeying to Him. In […]

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Come Lord Jesus! A Meditation on the Stunning Glory of Being Gathered to Christ on the Last Day

December 9, 2014 4 Comments
Come Lord Jesus! A Meditation on the Stunning Glory of Being Gathered to Christ on the Last Day

In Advent, as we continue to meditate on the Parousia (the magnificent Second Coming of the Lord), we do well to allow our imaginations to be engaged in contemplating the glory that awaits those who are faithful, to meditate on the joy and ecstasy of the culmination of all things! Though we have soberly meditated on the […]

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The "Great Gettin’ Up Morning" as Described in an Unlikely Advent Hymn

December 8, 2014 8 Comments
The "Great Gettin’ Up Morning" as Described in an Unlikely Advent Hymn

Here in the heart of Advent, we are considering how prepared we are for the Lord to come again. Either He will come to us or we will go to Him, but either way we must prepare. In today’s post I’d like to consider some teachings about the Day of Judgment, from an Advent hymn that […]

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Celebrating the Spirituals: Sober but Serene on Themes of Judgment

December 3, 2014 5 Comments
Celebrating the Spirituals: Sober but Serene on Themes of Judgment

I’ve often been impressed at the ability of the old African-American spirituals to treat serious subjects in a clear, memorable, and almost joyful way. This is true even of very weighty matters like sin and judgment.  And while we are here in the opening weeks of Advent, quite focused on the Second Coming of Jesus to […]

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Blessed (and also very smart) are the Merciful

March 12, 2014 7 Comments
Blessed (and also very smart) are the Merciful

If, on the way to court, you received advice on how you could influence the judge to be less severe in your case, would you not consider following that advice? Surely you would, unless the “way” involved bribery, or something corrupt. And in fact Jesus, our very judge, has described an upright way that we […]

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Some Standards and Concerns Jesus will NOT have on the Day of Judgment

February 19, 2014 48 Comments

We human beings tend to assess our relative status and success based on things like money, possessions, popularity, career, and power. Am I wealthy and well-connected? Do I have a large house with a great room, cathedral ceilings, granite counter tops, and numerous widescreen TVs (even in strange places like the bathroom)? Do I have a glamorous […]

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