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Apr 2013 2 Apr 2, 2013
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[What follows is the substance of my sermon this past Easter Sunday morning. Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed!] Contrary to what many in our society would have you believe, Easter Sunday has nothing to do with bunny rabbits, colored eggs, lilies, the inauguration of spring weather, or elegant and colorful clothing. This Sunday, as is the case with every Sunday, as well as every other day of the week, has one central and all-consuming focus: the unrivaled preemine...Read More

Apr 2013 2 Apr 2, 2013

I have to confess that when I read Philippians 1:3-8 (and I encourage you to stop right now and read it), I get envious. I don’t think it is sinful envy, but envy it is. Hearing Paul talk about his relationship to the Philippians, how he felt about them and loved them and yearned to be with them, how he prayed for them and how he partnered with them in the gospel, I couldn’t help but stand back from it all and say: “This is what the church is supposed t...Read More

Apr 2013 1 Apr 1, 2013
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Amanda Knox is back in the news, and her situation is a reminder to all who believe in Jesus Christ that the forgiveness of our sins is final! In 2009, Knox was convicted in an Italian courtroom of the murder of her college roommate, Meredith Kercher. Her conviction was overturned on appeal in 2011 when a higher court ruled that the prosecution had ignored vital evidence pointing to her innocence. Recently, Italy’s Supreme Court overturned the acquittal and has ins...Read More

Apr 2013 1 Apr 1, 2013
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It’s one thing to learn who we are in Christ. It’s another thing entirely to live a life that is morally and biblically and spiritually consistent with who we are in Christ. In three previous posts on the opening verses of Philippians 1, I focused on our identity as slaves, saints, and sojourners in Christ. So, how are we supposed to display these truths about who we are? What hope do we have that we who are weak and selfish and ungrateful and sinful in so ma...Read More

Mar 2013 30 Mar 30, 2013

I strongly urge you to log in to www.desiringgod.org at approximately 6:10 p.m. this evening to watch live the final sermon that John Piper will preach as Pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His text will be Hebrews 13.20-21. I write this fighting back tears, tears of both gratitude for the many years of powerful preaching that John has brought to Bethlehem and the larger body of Christ, and tears of joy and expectation as I await the next chapt...Read More

Mar 2013 30 Mar 30, 2013

Back in December, before I had resumed blogging, a few friends posted my article on the best books of 2012. Since I’ve started blogging again, several people who didn’t see the article have asked that I publish it one more time. So here it is. It’s that time of year again . . . time for top ten lists of every sort. The only lists I care about are those of the top ten books of the year. As with every year, so too in 2012, it’s hard to keep it to t...Read More

Mar 2013 29 Mar 29, 2013

I’m happy to announce that the new website for Bridgeway Church is now up and running. Many thanks to Church Plant Media for their incredible commitment to this project. I highly recommend them if you are looking for someone to build your site. Please visit the new site at www.bridgewaychurch.com....Read More

Mar 2013 29 Mar 29, 2013
Mar 2013 29 Mar 29, 2013

We have finally arrived at Golgotha where our Lord is nailed to a cross. There “they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall, but when he tasted it, he would not drink it” (Matthew 27:33-34). This has been interpreted in two different ways. The traditional view is that it was customary for Jewish women to provide a narcotic drink to those condemned in order to deaden their sensitivity to the pain of crucifixion (see Prov. 31:6-7). If so, then Jesus' unwil...Read More

Mar 2013 28 Mar 28, 2013
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Oh, really? Well, that’s what the new Nike ad for Tiger Woods asserts (according to the lead story at U.S.A. Today, March 27, 2003). Evidently it is what Woods himself believes. If this weren’t so pathetic, it would be laughable. So, let me get this straight. Winning golf tournaments takes care of the absence of moral character. Winning golf tournaments is the remedy for lack of integrity. Winning golf tournaments takes care of broken vows and restores shatt...Read More