Did Jesus Know His Own Theology?

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Did Jesus Know His Own Theology?

Have you ever experienced a film that ended too soon? The credits roll but you wanted more. There were questions left unanswered.  Issues unresolved. 

We crave closure. We want neat and tidy packages. We need to know what happened.

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Sleepovers, Giggles, and the End of the World

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Sleepovers, Giggles, and the End of the World

Several months ago, I was having a conversation with my oldest son at bedtime that turned into a conversation about Jesus that I’ll never forget. Now, this is not the usual flow of our family devotions - most of the time it involves somersaults and arguing and hitting and an occasional prayer.

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The Disruption After the Triumphal Entry

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The Disruption After the Triumphal Entry

On Sunday, Jesus entered Jerusalem “gentle and riding on a donkey,” but on Monday morning, he was anything but gentle. The Monday after the triumphal entry was havoc. When Jesus showed up at the temple, his anger was boiling over. He flipped over the tables and threw out everybody who was buying and selling in the outer courts. 

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Alice in Wonderland

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Alice in Wonderland

Things have been quiet around the blog, but not around our house. Just a few weeks ago, we welcomed Alice into the world and became a family of 5. This isn't the usual theological post, but I thought we should have some pictures of the growing family.

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The Elevator of Worship

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The Elevator of Worship

Sin, when we boil it down, is rooted in selfishness. Sin, in its essence, is the worship of self. It doesn’t look to the heart and desires of God; rather it seeks our own needs.  

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God Loves Messy Floors

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God Loves Messy Floors

There is nothing worse than legos on the floor. Like a death trap in the night, they can destroy a perfectly good midnight snack. And if it were just legos, that'd be one thing - but our kids toys and snacks find their way into every nook and cranny of our house.
 

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Reading Romans | How You Can Help

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Reading Romans | How You Can Help

It has only been a few days since the launch of Reading Romans with Luther and I am overwhelmed by the incredible support that I’ve gotten in the launch. I am excited to know that there will be so many people, some for the first time, studying the book of Romans and the theology of Martin Luther as he taught the book of Romans.

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What We Want the Law to Do That It Can't Do

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What We Want the Law to Do That It Can't Do

Wanting to be better, unfortunately, doesn't go very far in making you better. I wish it did. If self-determination and sheer will-power were enough, I'd rarely fail to love my neighbor, I'd be incredibly generous, and the world would fawn over my piety.

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Expecting the Unexpected

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Expecting the Unexpected

When John the Baptist sat in prison, hearing reports from his disciples about the work of Jesus, his unmet expectations led to an important question for Jesus.

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Should We Become Religious?

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Should We Become Religious?

We have no problem believing that we receive salvation through grace, but once we are saved we often believe the rest is up to us. We believe that the Christian life is about what we do more than what’s been done. We believe that our salvation was won on the cross, but that we can only keep hold of it through the daily grind of obedience.

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Reading Romans with Luther

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Reading Romans with Luther

There is perhaps no theologian throughout history more important than Martin Luther. 500 years ago, his theology sparked the reformation as he brought people back to the scandalous message of grace that was found in the Scriptures.  And while his teaching is hundreds of years old, it's just as needed today as it was then. 

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Homicide and the Infuriating Grace of God

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Homicide and the Infuriating Grace of God

The first homicide of the Bible was bred out of self-righteousness and the infuriating grace of God. It's a story about two brothers - Cain and Abel. They are two brothers with two different jobs who bring two different offerings to God. Despite coming from the same family and have similar upbringings, their offerings yield them very different results.

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