Has Valentine’s Day Eroded Love?

It’s Valentines Day. This day elicits joy from some, sorrow from others, and a frantic last minute search at stores from husbands trying not to admit they forgot. At the heart of Valentine’s celebrations, lies the notion of true love. Images of people snuggling up close to a fire, holding hands through a romantic movie,…

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Monday Leviticus 1-3 The first three chapters of Leviticus address various offerings within the Old Testament sacrificial system. The common refrain is, “a soothing aroma to the Lord.” It is not as though the offerings themselves smelled particularly sweet. Rather, the obedience rendered as His people come in obedience to His law makes the offerings…

The Image of God and the Death Penalty

The verdict was not surprising. From the beginning, there wasn’t any question about whether or not he was guilty. Dylann Roof, the gunman who entered the Emanuel AME Church and shot African American church members during a Wednesday evening prayer meeting, had confessed to the crime and, chillingly, showed no remorse. As the jury returned…

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Monday Exodus 13-14 Having delivered His own firstborn from bondage, God declares that the every firstborn belongs to Him and sets a process of redemption of the firstborn of His people. As the people leave the land of Egypt that God has desolated with the plagues, He sets about to send His wrath on Pharaoh…

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Monday Genesis 47 God provides for His people through Joseph, to the extent that they come to inhabit “the best of the land (v. 6, 11). Scholars believe that this was sparsely populated by Egyptians but is was likely a military outpost on the eastern border of Egypt. Genesis 48 Again the younger is placed…

The Glory of God in Down’s Syndrome

It turns out that the most dangerous place for a person with Down’s Syndrome is the womb. Studies show that between 67% and 85% of babies who receive a diagnosis that they are likely to have Down syndrome are aborted. While this statistic represents a reduction from the 90% that once dominated the discussion, it…

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Genesis Chapter 19 Sodom and Gomorrah are destroyed because of their iniquity. Some have argued that their destruction comes because of their inhospitality. We must recognize that there was a greater theme of wickedness (hence the conversation between Abraham and the Lord at the end of chapter 18), that exhibits itself most pointedly in their…

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Some notes to help guide your reading for this week Genesis Chapter 1 The foundational assumption of Scripture is that God exists. Nowhere in Scripture does anyone argue for God’s existence, it is the universal assumption that drives everything that unfolds. His creation of everything throughout this chapter points to His universal sovereignty as the…

Aleppo and the Injustice of Civilian Casualties

Aleppo has fallen, and in its wake, one of the greatest atrocities of our time is coming to light. Pro-Assad forces took control of the city and did so ruthlessly. The United Nations reported “summary killings” by those forces and has accused the Assad regime of war crimes. America’s ambassador to the UN asked those…

Christ at the Center of Christmas

It’s December 1st. Thanksgiving was one week ago. We are officially in the Christmas season. From now until Christmas day people will suspend “normal” and enter Christmas-mode. Diligent dieters who have watched their weight all year will indulge and have to begin again in the New Year. People will wear sweaters that they wouldn’t be…

Does The Truth Matter Anymore

I find it ironic that although much of society has scoffed at the notion of objective truth, the issue of fake news has come to the center of cultural conversation after the election. Much of society has embraced postmodernism that says absolute truth does not exist. Rather there can be multiple truths, even if they…