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On Story: Of Adam, Eve, Conflict, and Climax

The elements of a good story Let’s take Adam and Eve, Genesis 2 and 3, as an example of a good story. Characters Every writer knows that a good story has to have certain elements. It has to have characters … Continue reading

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On Story: Of Worldviews and Metanarratives

We’ve talked about stories and story theory before. I hope this isn’t too repetitive. But I’m increasingly finding how very important story is to Christianity. And I’m hoping maybe to tie a few threads together from prior posts to make … Continue reading

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“My Kind of Town … ” Headed to Chicago

In a couple of days, I’ll be headed to Chicago. I’ll be speaking at a convention of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, dealing particularly with chapter 9 bankruptcies — that is, bankruptcies of cities and counties. A timely topic, … Continue reading

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A Hospice for Dead Churches

Part 1 Ed Stetzer is an expert on church growth and a consultant to the Southern Baptist Convention. I’m a fan. He recently wrote a blog post called “Creating a Hospice Ministry for Churches.” I thought it was about churches … Continue reading

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The Future of the Progressive Churches of Christ — Is There a Third Way?

A friend of mine from high school popped up here at One In Jesus the other day asking what this “progressive Church of Christ” thing might be. He’s from another Christian tribe. And it’s kinda hard to explain. I jotted … Continue reading

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Josh Graves on Reading the Bible (and Being Read by the Bible)

Over at Jesus Creed, Josh Graves recently posted on four common views on how to read the Bible. It’s an excellent post, and you should follow the link to read it in its entirety. He finds four common views: VIEW #1: FUNDAMENTALIST … Continue reading

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Searching for a biblical Bible correspondence course

I’ve had some readers contact me privately, requesting a Bible correspondence course. These have been great evangelistic tools over the years, but every one I can find on the Internet is too legalistic for me to recommend. They seem targeted … Continue reading

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Atonement: The Death of the Messiah and the Birth of the New Covenant, Part 6

We are continue to reflect on Michael J. Gorman’s The Death of the Messiah and the Birth of the New Covenant: A (Not So) New Model of the Atonement. Atonement for this world Moreover, Gorman argues that the new covenant provides … Continue reading

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Atonement: An Orthodox Perspective

Brought to my attention by a reader, and well worth a listen, all the way through.

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Atonement: The Death of the Messiah and the Birth of the New Covenant, Part 5

We are continue to reflect on Michael J. Gorman’s The Death of the Messiah and the Birth of the New Covenant: A (Not So) New Model of the Atonement. A community covenant Gorman thus concludes, The purpose of Jesus’ death was … Continue reading

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