Where Did Family Come From?

Category: Family, Featured, General, Outreach
We are at an interesting and perhaps unprecedented time in history when our understanding of family is being confronted and our definition of family is being rewritten. The social norms of Western society and the laws of Canada are changing fast. Things that only a generation ago were

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Mondays with Moo on Romans

Category: ALL, Interviews, Outreach
I’m teaching Romans again this semester, so I’m going to gradually read through the second edition of Douglas Moo’s The Letter to the Romans, second edition (2018) every Monday as preparation. So far I can say that this is a great update to an already terrific volume! What emerges as

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The moon moment

Category: News
The greatest generation has Pearl Harbor and VE-Day. Baby boomers have the Beatles’ first appearance on “Ed Sullivan” and Neil Armstrong stepping onto the moon.  Ask anyone who was alive and sentient in July 1969, and they’ll tell you where they were when they saw it – and pretty much

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The Rhythm of the Christian Life

Category: ALL, Interviews, Outreach
Brian J. WrightThe Rhythm of the Christian Life: Recapturing the Joy of Life TogetherAbilene: Leafwood Publishers, 2019.Available at Amazon.com. This book by my former PhD student Dr. Brian Wright resources Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life Together for a pattern of modern discipleship. The

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Prayer to Follow God

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love, prayer
So often our hearts want to follow God and yet our feet and our mouths take us in the opposite direction! God’s word tells us that we are actually deceiving ourselves when we know God’s way and yet do not do what it says. The road to freedom is in doing what we hear in […]

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The Fragrance

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life.” 2 Corinthians 2:15-16 (ESV) The other day I walked into a room in our new home and […]

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Weekend A La Carte (July 20)

Category: Family, Featured, General, Outreach
I made it safely home after a wonderful little trip to Africa. I should have some video to share soon. Today’s Kindle deals include some new books and some old books—it’s a good selection! (Yesterday on the blog: New and Notable Books) Uh, You Should Read FaceApp’s Truly Wild Terms of Service

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Sweet Comfort

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
[The Lord says,] “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 Thoughts on today’s verse Fear saps our will power and leaves us feeling depleted and hopeless. Yet […]

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The Secret of Contentment

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
In our world we’re bombarded with advertisements that promise us contentment if we’ll get more stuff–bigger, better, faster. But reality is: the more comfortable we are, the more we have lost the capacity to be content. Things do not live up to our expectation to make us happy. We become

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He knew about climate change in 1799. What can we learn?

Category: News
Few people today remember Alexander von Humboldt, but the Prussian naturalist predicted climate change back in the early 19th century. “He’s the forgotten father of environmentalism,” says historian Andrea Wulf.  During Humboldt’s travels through Venezuela in 1799, he noticed that farmers

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How to Relate to Parents as an Adult

Category: Young Adults and Singles
This past June I turned 26,  and this year marked my fourth year living on my own and working full time. Despite being an “adult” by all intents and purposes, I’ve found over the years that merely being in close proximity with my parents triggers this innate childlike state in me. I would

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Be Assured

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
“Do not fear [anything], for I am with you; Do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, be assured I will help you; I will certainly take hold of you with My righteous right hand [a hand of justice, of power, of victory, of salvation].”  Isaiah 41:10 (AMP) Isaiah 41:10 […]

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God is Our Guardian

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
According to Psalm 91:14, “The LORD says, ‘I will rescue those who love me.  I will protect those who trust in my name.’” God is your guardian, separating you from evil.  So, why do bad things happen to us? You and God may have different definitions for the word bad.   God

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