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Participating in the Resurrection
We have the privilege of being part of the story too.
Participating in the Resurrection

High in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah stands a magnificent aspen forest. If you could visit that place today, you would be amazed by the beauty and abundance of life beneath that golden canopy. What would be less obvious is that what appears to the ...

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The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry
Young people are not bored by theology. They are bored by theology that doesn't matter.
The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry

The questions that young people have are often the same ones that perplexed the great theologians, driving them to search for God in the places God didn't appear to be—places of brokenness, suffering, and confusion. So it's not surprising that ...

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Sci-fi Spirituality
Underneath the technology and weird costumes often lies something deeper.
Sci-fi Spirituality

Aliens. Lasers. Warp drives. Spaceships. Battles with lots of people named "commander" or "ensign."

These are just a few of the things that probably come to your mind when someone mentions "science fiction." And you wouldn't be wrong—in most examples ...

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Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?
This oft-repeated question says nothing about God, but everything about human beings.
Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

Many people find it difficult to deny Jesus existed, so they throw in the good old classic question, the inevitable comment, the predictable attack on Christianity that runs along the line of why would a God who is all-good, all-knowing, and all-powerful ...

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Domesticating the Lord of the Universe
I'm terrified that if my eyes are opened to see everything in the light of truth, I will also see that the way I see the Jesus, whom I claim as Lord, is but a dim reflection of reality.
Domesticating the Lord of the Universe

"DJ." I might as well call him this, because effectively I've reduced the Creator and Master of the universe into a concept so small I've nicknamed him. Domesticated Jesus. It's a horrible name really, and my use of it hardly reflects his worth. But ...

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Prosperity Theology
Jesus' gospel is a far cry from health and wealth.

Christians who have a strong belief in a divine Jesus may feel reasonably safe from the distortions, caricatures, and demeaning of him that we see among entertainers and postmodern scholars. But there are more subtle traps within the Church itself that ...

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Is God Angry or Loving?
Most people erroneously see God as angry in the Old Testament and loving in the New Testament.
Is God Angry or Loving?

"Whenever you read from the Old Testament, God is always crabby and snarky to everyone, but the New Testament isn't about anger at all—it's about love."

This observation is made by Sam to her mother (Boopsie) in a 2009 Doonesbury comic strip (May ...

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Can You Imagine?
Why imagination is crucial to the Christian life
Can You Imagine?

Faith is an act of the imagination. And a healthy, vibrant imagination is crucial to the Christian life.

You will likely disagree with these statements if you associate the imagination with delusion, fancy, and/or make believe. Christian belief is quite ...

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The Dangerous Act of Worship
Living God's call to justice
The Dangerous Act of Worship

What's at stake in Worship? Everything. That's what's at stake in worship. The urgent, indeed troubling, message of Scripture is that everything that matters is at stake in worship.

Worship names what matters most: the way human beings are created to ...

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A Grateful People
What does true thankfulness mean?
A Grateful People

Gratitude is difficult. Isn't that ironic? It seems so easy and innate. God gives, we accept and are thankful—end of story. But it's rarely so simple or clean. What if we're not in a healthy place to receive God's blessings? What if God takes something ...

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Hope Amidst the Sorrow
God is all-knowing; he comforts; he understands—even when we violently lose someone.
Hope Amidst the Sorrow

Another home shattered. Almost every night a story airs about domestic violence. But when you know the victim, you become part of the nightmare.

A study conducted in 50 states and the District of Columbia showed that 25 percent of abused women were victims ...

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A Great and Terrible Love
A spiritual journey into the attributes of God
A Great and Terrible Love

Who then are you, my God? … Most high, utterly good, utterly powerful, most omnipotent, most merciful.—Augustine

We are desperate for a great and terrible love.

We need a great love, one that captures our imagination—and transcends it. ...

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The Secret of Walking with God
From the beginning, God has wanted a walking partner.
The Secret of Walking with God

God is looking for not only a clinging bride but also a walking partner. From the very beginning, God had a relationship with Adam and Eve that found them "walking in the garden in the cool of the day" (Genesis 3:8). God created man for the enjoyment ...

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Top 5 Resources on Prayer
These are the downloadable resources on prayer you were most interested in studying.
Top 5 Resources on Prayer

Prayer is one of the most important spiritual disciplines. Without it, we can have no relationship with God. In some ways, it's the most basic and simple way to get to know our Master and Creator. But all of us would like to learn to connect with God ...

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An Easter Encounter
Embracing Christ's pain helps us appreciate the joy of His resurrection.
An Easter Encounter

"They're hurting him. Make them stop," cried my 4-year-old daughter Caitlin as she watched the Easter cantata. She stared with wide eyes as Jesus was beaten, mocked, and crucified. Earlier in the service she had danced and sang as Christ ...

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Perspectives on Life and Death
For the believer in Jesus Christ, we do not go out into death and into darkness. Instead, we go home to God.
Perspectives on Life and Death

"But man, despite his riches, does not endure; he is like the beasts that perish …. But God will redeem my life from the grave; he will surely take me to himself."—Psalm 49:12, 15

There is a way in which the king is like the lion, the dowager ...

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Transformation Starts in the Mind
Live the life that is really life.
Transformation Starts in the Mind

Monarch butterflies follow a very specific generational migration. Starting in Mexico, the first generation will fly to the southern United States where they will remain for life. Their offspring will fly to the central states, stopping somewhere around ...

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See God for Who He Is
How do we move from our distorted image of God?
See God for Who He Is

My early family life made me question whether I had a purpose at all. I wondered why I was alive. I thought about killing myself often, and my mood was flat and depressed.

As a teenager, I was headed south. I wanted to believe in God, but I had been ...

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Are You There, God?
An interview with The Folly of Prayer author Matt Woodley
Are You There, God?

In The Folly of Prayer Pastor Matt Woodley challenges us to reimagine and revitalize our prayer life.

IVP: Why do you describe prayer as folly?

Woodley: Prayer doesn't always operate according to our standards of "wisdom." Nor does it conform to our expectations ...

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Shaking Our Fists
Acknowledging our anger with God
Shaking Our Fists

In The Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis creates a fictional correspondence between a demon, Screwtape, and his nephew, Wormwood. Screwtape advises Wormwood in his endeavors to derail one man's (the "patient") journey towards God (the "Enemy"). Rather than ...

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