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Five Movies to Make You Think in 2016

Why do you go to the movies? For many, it’s for entertainment. Movies certainly possess a remarkable ability to make us laugh and cry. Others go to the movies to escape from the pressures and difficulties of daily life. I may be an odd duck, but I enjoy movies that make me think—especially about the deep questions of life. Some…

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The Benefits of Giving Thanks

Realizing our moment-by-moment dependence on God the Creator for our very existence makes it appropriate to live lives of devotion, commitment, gratitude, and loyalty toward him, and scandalous not to.1 —J. I. Packer, Christian theologian   The God revealed in the Lord Jesus Christ and in sacred Scripture wants his children to be grateful. God’s incredible majesty, goodness, and love…

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Five Movies to Make You Think in the New Year

Why do you go to the movies? For many, it’s about entertainment. Movies certainly possess a powerful ability to make us laugh and cry. Others go to the movies to escape from the pressures and challenges of daily life. I may be an oddball but I enjoy movies that make me think—especially about the deep questions of life. Some of…

10 Resources on the Incarnation

At Advent, we celebrate one of the distinctive features of Christianity: God made flesh. Together with the Trinity, the Incarnation of Jesus Christ is an essential tenet of the Christian faith yet it is also mysterious and often draws questions. Who did Jesus claim to be? How could He be both divine and human? To address these questions and strengthen…

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The Incarnation in Light of the Image of God

The doctrine of the Incarnation (God coming in the flesh) stands at the very heart of historic Christianity and is celebrated around the world at Christmastime (known in the traditional church calendar as the Advent season). Borrowing from the fourth-century Christian church father Athanasius, C. S. Lewis unpacks the meaning of the Incarnation and explains the reason for the importance of…

New Year’s Resolutions for 2014

Each January, goals like healthy living, money management, and community volunteering top people’s resolutions lists. Striving for a more well-rounded life is admirable and even biblical. Deuteronomy commands people to love God with all their heart, soul, and strength. In restating the Greatest Commandment, Jesus says believers are to love God with all their heart, soul, and mind. In other…

Reflections for Christmas

The Advent season is my favorite time of year in my church’s liturgical calendar. I believe that when Christians celebrate the Incarnation they acknowledge the fact that their lives are hidden with Christ’s life. Moreover, this holiday seems to do more to draw people’s attention to God and the things of God than any other time of year. I also…

Biblical Eschatology and the Good News of Christmas

Along with festive celebrations and traditions, Christmastime also brings with it a more serious focus on hope. Charities and ministries strive to uplift those who are struggling to make ends meet and the message of peace on earth is prevalent. In a secular context, Santa Claus often embodies hope for a better, more caring world. But when all is said…

10 Influential Theological Books, Part 2

In part one of this series I listed five theological books that have exercised an enduring influence upon not only myself as an avid reader, but also upon generations of Christians—and even Western civilization in general. Here are the remaining books that made the list. Again, the works are listed in alphabetical order by author. 6. Saved By Grace by…

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