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He Is Not Here…

He is risen! Wishing you a blessed Easter, dear friends, not “despite,” but because!

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Easter Traditions Around the World

Easter traditions vary wildly, from the sacred to the profane (mostly the former), from the “Oh, how beautiful!” to the “Say what?” Here on this Easter weekend are some images and descriptions of Easter traditions around the world. I hope … Continue reading

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Did Jesus Really Have to Die?

“Jesus died to save people from a blood-thirsty God!” That, says my friend Mac, an influential atheist “evangelist,” is the message of Christianity. “Then, in our place,” he goes on, “God sadistically tortured his own Son to death. If God … Continue reading

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The Cross as a Way of Life

To die to self, to keep the old nature nailed to the cross, is such a battle, isn’t it? And yet in the end it turns out to be not just any battle but the battle. If we win this … Continue reading

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Discipleship is Dangerous!

There are record numbers of suicides. Record levels of depression. Record levels of domestic abuse. Our world has never been more desperate for followers of Jesus to show the way out of this growing darkness! But the workers are few … Continue reading

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Risen

He is Risen! He is Risen in Me. “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the son … Continue reading

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The Powers of Darkness

Then the powers of darkness gathered their full strength against Jesus and took Him down. And He said, “You win.” But then He rose from the dead and said, “Seriously? April fools!” You can’t keep a good man down. He … Continue reading

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Plot Spoiler

I confess: I skipped ahead and read the last chapter.

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The Confessions of Peter, Part Two

In The Confessions of Peter, Part One, Peter talked about meeting Jesus. Now he confronts his own darkness. The Rock “Jesus sent us out in twos, to preach and do miracles in his name. Did we believe it? We hoped. When … Continue reading

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The Confessions of Peter, Part One

I’d always identified more with the Apostle Paul. But Peter? A mouthy fisherman with a yellow streak. But then I was asked to dramatize the Peter story for a movie project, and was astonished at what I discovered: more than … Continue reading

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