2 Things Christians Should Consider in Our Public Use of the Phrase ‘Keep Christ in Christmas’

Keep Christ in Christmas is the slogan of choice for many Christians during this time of year. We see the phrase used all over the place – from Facebook posts, Twitter feeds and Instagram pictures, to Pinterest links and blog posts. However, while Keep Christ in Christmas is a good way for Jesus-followers to remember the season, the […]

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Jesus, Enemy-Love and the Church: A Call to Put Away our Swords, Stop Fighting and Embrace the Other

Christians are all too often known more for what they stand against, than what they stand for. Contemporary enemies, as we have defined them at least, are the people and issues we fight against in the public square. As those who claim to follow Jesus, an enemy-loving Lord, why do we so often choose to hate our enemies […]

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Jesus – Now 50% Off by Justin Hiebert

I recently had a conversation with some friends that focused on the ways we have cheapened discipleship, and I immediately connected it to our insatiable desire for a good deal. We always desire to find something for the lowest possible price. We wait in line for hours on the day after Thanksgiving and many people […]

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7 Things to Remember about God and the Problem of Pain

Pain – we are all equally subject to it. It is vitally important, therefore, to establish a view of pain and suffering that does justice to God’s character, the witness of scripture and our experience of it. I once heard someone make this comment in relation to our attempts to better understand the problem of […]

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3 Ways in Which the Absence of Liturgy is Hurting the Contemporary Church

I was raised in a non-liturgically based Christian denomination and have since spent the vast majority of my adult life in a Pentecostal/Charismatic context. Suffice it to say I was not well-versed in liturgy. At least not in the traditional sense of the word. However, my experience in more liturgically based church gatherings have always […]

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The Danger of Seeking God

The danger of seeking God comes when the picture or conception of God we have formulated is inaccurate. If we have created an image of God built around little more than our own psychological projections, contemporary philosophical assumptions, or religious persuasions, maybe we need to take a step back and reflect on another picture. For instance, […]

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