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I recently shared some thoughts on biblical hospitality and the opportunity it provides to live the gospel. Gospel-living isn’t always easy. It’s sacrificial, it can be messy and scary, but it can also be life-giving to both the giver and the receiver. 1 Peter 4:9 says, “Offer hospitality to one

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The Justice Series: Jesus, Justice, and Restoration

Our journey through the pages of Scripture exploring its teaching on justice has shown that justice is far more than a retributive posture towards the wrongdoer, but actually envisions a positive vision for all of creation.

The Justice Series: The Story of Israel

Creation, by God’s very pronouncement, is “very good” at its inception (Gen 1:31). Last week we explored the goodness of creation and this goodness, completeness, as providing a launching point for the biblical narrative from the perspective of justice.

Reflections From My Six-Year-Old on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Today, as we celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., let’s pray for that justice to come. Let’s give thanks to God for the work He has done and is doing in our nation. Let’s ask Him to bring forth the healing, reconciliation, and peace that Dr. King envisioned, lived, and died to inspire. Let’s ask the Lord to root out the racism hiding in our own hearts and help us show our children how to display His love for all people.

The Justice Series: The Beginning of Justice

Last week we began to explore what the Bible says about this potentially nebulous concept of “justice,” trying to expand our vision beyond merely the punishment of the wrongdoer, towards a vision of the world where things work rightly, where things are in harmony. Where people, communities and nature itself, flourish. This, we saw, is what the Bible often refers to as shalom (“peace” in many English translations).

The Justice Series: Justice and Shalom

What is “justice?” As we set out over the next several weeks to explore what the Bible teaches about “justice,” we first need to back up and make sure we know what we are striving towards. As we begin to ponder what the Bible teaches about this rather nebulous idea, we must first make sure we have the right concept of what the Bible actually is.

Young People Today Are Not Worthless, Despite What Their Peers Say

Today’s youth are facing challenges and pressures that are far different from previous generations. From cyber bullying through apps like SnapChat to pornography to the Sarahah app (which lets people anonymously judge your actions), young people are facing a technology-driven spiritual crisis. Many apps and games, presented as harmless distractions, are becoming traps that rob young people of their time, peace, relationships and, in some cases, their lives. They simply can’t see a way out.

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