Advent of the Second Adam

It’s Christmas season again and this is the time when we remind ourselves of the reason Jesus came to the earth. The Bible refers to Jesus Christ as the Second Adam. He came to accomplish what the first Adam failed to accomplish. Christ’s Advent refers to His entrance into human history through the womb of

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Always Giving Thanks

At this time of year it’s natural to think about the virtue of giving thanks to God. On the surface, it sounds so easy. Perhaps we think of Thanksgiving as the most “tame” and harmless of all holidays with little at stake (except perhaps that of overeating!). But that’s far from the reality of the matter. As

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500th Anniversary

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. It’s a landmark worth remembering. Although we often go back to Martin Luther nailing his protest to the church door at Wittenburg as the start of the Reformation, the movement itself is much larger than one man — and its beginning is much bigger than

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One Small Light

A lot is said about light in the New Testament. The power of one small light was brought home to me recently. A negative example In our bedroom, there now happens to be a small, but bright light that really pierces the darkness. It’s just what you don’t want in your room at night when you

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When God Says No

When God says “no” to our requests, there is always a greater “yes” that He’s advancing for us. Do you believe this to be true? We pray but then we get distracted when God answers our prayer, perhaps in a different way than we expected. Or we pray for something else, and things appear to

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Blindness

In February of 2014, I woke up one morning and couldn’t see very well. I later came to learn that I had gone 70% blind in my left eye. My world changed suddenly. For days, I couldn’t get medical attention because ophthalmologists in our region didn’t have available time to see a new patient –

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Fatherhood

As the father of five children, you might think I have some profound insights into the parenting and disciplining of children. But I’m actually on a steep learning-curve myself. Over the years, I’ve seen the failing results of some self-styled “parenting experts,” and have decided to never put myself in the humiliating position of being

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Reformation

The word “reformed” is a buzzword in Christian circles. But the term is seldom defined and it therefore has a wide range of meanings among those who use it. In general, when we speak of reformation in a biblical sense, we mean to turn away from faulty beliefs & practices… and back to the standards set

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Defending the Weak

Biblical masculinity is rapidly eroding among professing Christian men. In fact, let’s just say that masculinity in general is eroding in our society because it’s now viewed as socially aberrant. Weakness among men is now promoted as a social virtue. Being “soft” is the new ideal. During the Rio Olympics, corporate sponsors spent millions promoting transgendered

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Moralism

In many ways, graceless moralism is further removed from God’s kingdom than outright immorality. That’s because moralists often see no need for God’s grace in themselves. To the upright pagan moralist, Paul argues in Romans 2:1 that such a person who judges another is actually more guilty than those they presume to condemn. Then Paul uses a direct

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