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    The Gift of Roots and Wings

    The Columbia Classic was a 15 kilometer race which follows the historic Columbia River Highway from the Women’s Forum viewpoint to the foot of Oregon’s famous Multnomah Falls. I ran the race with my son, David, thirteen years ago. Although the Columbia Classic is no more, memories of that race … [Read More...]

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    Three Cheers for Celibacy

    Sometimes in the life of the church we need to reclaim a forgotten or dormant teaching. My sense is that now is such a time and that the teaching we need to dust off and put into practice is celibacy. Celibacy is not a very popular idea. We Protestants see the Catholic Church overdoing it by not … [Read More...]

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    Book review for Donald Sunukjian’s Biblical Preaching for the Contemporary Church

    Review by Demetrius Rogers, Th.M. The Biblical Preaching for the Contemporary Church series offers Invitation to the Life of Jacob: Winning through Losing, Invitation to Philippians: Building a Great Church through Humility, and Invitation to James: Preserving through Trials to Win the Crown … [Read More...]

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    Jonah and the Great Fish (Jonah 1:16)

    Have you ever wondered about the possibility that someone could survive being swallowed by a great fish? Few people would question the historicity of Jonah apart from the "fish story." It is a whale of a tale! But could it have actually happened? In Sir Francis Fox's book, Sixty‑three Years of … [Read More...]

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    What I Learned from Dean Smith

    The longtime coaching icon Dean Smith died earlier this month. Newspapers here in North Carolina haven’t stopped running coverage of his life, his death, and his legacy in the weeks since his passing. His was a life of such substance that he left an incredibly large wake. I was on an airplane … [Read More...]

Feb
11

Using A Theological Dictionary for Word Studies

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New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis Second Edition Revision Editor: Moisés Silva     Words are important, even the smallest ones. The comedian Demetri Martin said in one of his routines, “Have you ever noticed that filler words, like ‘sort of,’ are such harmless things to say? It doesn’t really mean anything.…
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Feb
09

The Bible Project

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Transformed Blog recently caught up with Tim Mackie, adjunct faculty member at Western Seminary and pastor at Door of Hope in Portland, OR. Tim, along with storyteller Jon Collins, founded The Bible Project: a non-profit that is creating short, animated videos for each book of the Bible, as well as its central themes, free to…
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Feb
06

Should Christians Carry Guns?

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Recently, I considered buying a handgun. The consideration came after a series of violent crimes grabbed the headlines in my area. The crime spree led to a number of conversations with neighbors, friends and family members. Most of my conversation partners argued that owning and carrying a handgun provides a very real protection against threats…
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Feb
04

Studies in the Pauline Epistles: Essays in Honor of Douglas J. Moo

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Studies in the Pauline Epistles: Essays in Honor of Douglas J. Moo. Matthew S. Harmon and J. E. Smith, editors. Zondervan, 2014. 311 pages. $49.99. As the title suggests, this book is a collection of essays on the Pauline epistles written in honor of an incredibly gifted and productive New Testament scholar, Douglas J. Moo.…
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Feb
02

Is Your Job Your Calling?

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Recently I asked a asked a couple of friends if I should give up on my campaign to encourage people to stop using the word “calling” in the sense of “finding one’s calling” in the realm of work. They both said “yes.” They agreed that the idea was too ingrained in both the Christian culture…
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