Saving the Soul from Social Media

Saving the Soul from Social Media At its best, social media provides opportunities to grow, think, and even worship God. At its most routine, it is a quick prescription for boredom and a crutch for procrastination. At its worst though, social media can be soul...

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GOD MADE EVERY PART OF YOU TO WORSHIP

  It really doesn’t take much.   It might happen when you hear your parents’ favorite Christmas carol. Immediately the song transports you out of your sterile workday back to your childhood, to a living room bursting with tinsel, gifts, and anticipation....

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10 Things You Should Know About the Presence of God

1. God is immanent because he is transcendent. The Lord is “God in the heavens above [transcendent] and on the earth beneath [immanent]” (Josh 2:11). But to understand God in full we must recognize that his drawing near to creation stems from his being distinct from...

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Lest We Forget.

In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law, and the elders mocked him. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God. Let God rescue...

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What does Babel have to do with Portland?

Innovation is at the heart of creativity. Innovation is at the heart of creativity. Paint-by-number kits and cover bands typically don’t change the world.  Rather, these exist because we replicate what we love, because we can’t get enough of the original. And we love...

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God & Suffering: A Prepositional Study (After)

Suffering makes us covet. We are tired of the tears.  We long for a better world inoculated from the pain.  And God has made this possible through the suffering, death, and resurrection of his Son. This place we call home, then, is not our final home.  We are...

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God & Suffering: A Prepositional Study (Through)

God Through suffering Suffering, for the Christian, takes on a new identity.  For one who has been delivered “from the domain of darkness and transferred . . . to the kingdom of his beloved Son” (Col 1:13), suffering often becomes a teacher, an instrument by which God...

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God & Suffering: A Prepositional Study (Introduction)

God and Suffering: A Prepositional Theology Suffering makes our true theology known. When the whirlwind comes, nothing is sacred.  It exposes our real doctrine, the one that often lies beneath the bleached-whited veneer of our biblical jargon and Christian platitudes....

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