The Sacred Romance

Is your heart gripped by a story deep within you? Listen to this excerpt from The Sacred Romance: Drawing Closer to the Heart of God: "Someone or something has romanced us from the beginning with creek-wide singers and pastel sunsets, with the austere majesty of snow-capped mountains and the poignant flames of autumn colors telling us …

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Truth and Transformation

One of the core values that we celebrate about the culture of the Christian school where I teach is our open pursuit of truth. As in any body of believers, our community comes from a wide range of denominational backgrounds and holds to a broad spectrum of beliefs. But within this ideological and theological diversity we've created a safe space that …

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The God of Family

In his book, Gods at War: Defeating the Idols that Battle for Your Heart (2013), Kyle Idleman develops the central idea that we all worship something. We are beings created for worship, and if God isn't the recipient of our time, money, attention and affections, other things are. In chapter twelve, Idleman shows how God tested Abraham. God knew that Abraham's …

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Ganz on Grace and Freedom

Is there an evangelical Christian that has not wrestled with the mystery of life under grace? Virtually every modern follower of Jesus has spent some time considering the tension between living in the freedom of Christ's forgiveness vs. James's sobering reminder that "faith without works is dead." We believe that we are free in Christ, utterly free from the …

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Chan’s Challenge to the Church

The following passages are excerpts from the introduction of Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit (Francis Chan, 2009). "There is a big gap between what we read in Scripture about the Holy Spirit and how most believers and churches operate today. In many modern churches, [New Testament believers] would be stunned by …

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New Testament Simplicity

In his book, The Road to Reality, K.P. Yohannan describes the material life of those who follow Jesus. Check out these hard-hitting quotes and notice the radical contrast between the message of our culture and that of our Lord. Where am I laying up treasure? "The conclusion is inescapable: In light of the present world condition and the …

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Christmas and the Unity of Family

It's an amazing time of year. Despite the well-documented secularization of North American society, December 25 continues to be the most venerated holiday on the yearly calendar. In the name of this special season, countless trips are taken, roads traveled, and flights flown so that families can be reunited. It's hard to fully explain the …

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