CHRIST’S SACRIFICE ONCE AND FOR ALL: A QUICK REFLECTION ON YOM KIPPUR

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In reflection on this Yom Kippur, I turned to Hebrews 10 to be reminded of the importance of this day. On the Jewish calendar, this is the most holy and sacred day; the day when the high priest could enter into the Holy of Holies, the place where the presence of God, YHVH dwelled. It was there that every year the blood of sacrificed animals was sprinkled and spread on the Arc of... Read More

“If you believe in God, what sort of evidence would it take to convince you that God did not exist?”

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Creation of Adam by Michelangelo While talking Theology with my brother Nathan, he asked he this loaded question that a professor of his asked his class: “If you believe in God, what sort of evidence would it take to convince you that God did not exist?” Here was my response: “That blue is not blue, heat is not warm, light does not illuminate, and that no one is... Read More

If We Are “Perfect”, Why Don’t I See Perfect People?

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Image by Taylor; through a lens The gospel has made significant inroads into religious Christian communities all over the world as of late. However, one common complaint heard from the religious is “Where are these perfect people?” In their mind, the answer to this rhetorical question is “no where.” There are no perfect people, or if they are “perfect”, it is only a... Read More

Grace + Nothing

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Image by Jenifer Su Jesus Christ transforms. His cross transforms. The will and act of God alone to take human form and to rescue humanity from their plight transforms. Unwittingly, so many in the Church have undercut the cross and what Jesus accomplished on it. He rescued us. If in fact we can agree upon this basic Christian, gospel tenant, can we really say that we rescue ourselves?... Read More

Know Your Identity: You Are Not Defined By What You Do But By Who You Are

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Image by Walker4412 I have a confession to make. I got a treadmill for Christmas—last Christmas; I have not used it once. I, like some of you and certainly like most Americans, have made a resolution to lose weight this year. I have resolved to eat better and become more healthy. Why do we make resolutions like this? Why do we make resolutions at all. If you think about it, the... Read More

Why Les Miserables Gives Us Hope: How Grace Triumphs Over Law

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Artwork from Les Miserables 2012 Miserable is certainly not the term to be applied to the film Les Miserables. Translated as the miserable, the wretched, the poor ones, or the victims—Les Miserables has been a force of narrative brilliance since its writing in 1862. This film adaptation to the broadway musical is masterful, to say the least. Sobs of sadness and joy could be heart... Read More

Unto Us A Child Is Born: Do Our Hearts Truly Sing “O Night Divine”?

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Image by PhosPictures It is all too easy to be jaded about Christmas. It seems the decorations, Christmas sales, and overt consumerism kicks into high gear earlier and earlier every year. All those who wouldn’t have given two thoughts to Jesus during the rest of the year dust off their plastic decorations of the Christmas Holy Trinity—Santa, Snowman, swaddling clothed baby... Read More

Humanity’s New Best Friend: Television and the Loneliness of Suburban America

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Image by Massimo Maggioni What within humanity is utterly inseparable from the human and the being? What is so basic, raw, and impossible to be without? While there may be many examples of “innate human characteristics”, one dominate element is sociability. The human condition is innately social. And while there are cases of people who pursue minimal human contact, some species... Read More

Poverty and the Pope’s Golden Throne: To What “Golden” Ornamentation Do We Cling?

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Image by psychluet Poverty and Starvation are pervasive problems—just not one’s which many witness themselves in the West. Such troubles become palatable to the westerner when “mission trips” are undertaken and charity displayed. Still, a great distinction exists between knowledge of and charity toward the poor and the sort of compassion and charity which sacrifices comfort... Read More

Taking the “Protest” out of “Protestant”: The Protesting and Reforming Spirit Within

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Image by Efrén Guerrero While there are certainly many negatives to the forms of Protestant Christianity, some lasting and important tendencies also emerge. In one sense, Protestants harbor a spirit of rebellion at the core of their theological outlook. Considering its’ birth, there is little question that the protesting spirit against authority and doctrinal conformity is well... Read More

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