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Archive for August, 2011

Already But Not Yet

The land is a major theme in Deuteronomy. God had delivered Israel out of slavery. But he didn’t deliver them so they could just be wanderers and exiles. He was taking them to a place! He was taking them to the land of Canaan, which God had promised the fathers (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) that he would give to their descendants. The land was to be a place of abundance, flowing with milk and honey, with lush hills and valleys, and lots of produce. The land was to be a place of blessing and a place of rest. The land was to be a home for a people who had never had one.

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Race of Repentance

There is often an aversion amongst evangelical Protestants to talking about faith and repentance together. The fear is that salvation will be linked to works. One of the great legacies of the Protestant Reformation is the recapturing of the importance of the doctrine of justification by faith. That is, we are made right with God through faith alone in Christ alone. Whenever “repentance” is mentioned, some feel like it could be easily and wrongly interpreted as “penance”…doing works to atone for sin and merit God’s forgiveness. For John Calvin, repentance meant something entirely different.

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What Does the Lord Require of You?

Our lives are filled with expectations. It starts when we are born and never stops. Every parent expects and longs for their newborn son or daughter to begin walking and talking, which is funny, because in no time at all their expectations will completely change – they will long for nothing more than for their child to sit still and be quiet.

I became an uncle this year to two beautiful girls, and I am discovering that this is perhaps the greatest thing ever. As best I can tell, the expectations are that I will spoil my two nieces to no end, and at the end of the day, I give them back. All of the good without any of the bad. Those are expectations I am willing to live with, I can handle that.

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Approach My Soul, The Mercy Seat

One thing I desire to do on this blog is to talk thoughtfully about – and share – good music. Recorded music, live music, music for gathering worship, music for a road trip or for dancing, indie music, music from the top 40 – any form, medium, or context. I particularly want to talk about good music. Music that tells a compelling story, is well-crafted, is lyrically beautiful, dynamic, vocally and melodically rich – music that is moving in some meaningful way. I am not making any claims of having the final voice on what is or is not “good” music. I simply wish to add whatever voice I do have to the cultivation of good music, and I hope that you will join me.

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