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Bringing the Resurrection Forward

It’s hard to focus too much on the resurrection. No one understood this better than Paul who preached it throughout his 30-year ministry.  Writing to the Corinthians, he asks:             If Christ hasn’t been raised, then our preaching is useless and your faith is useless… then we deserve to be pitied more than anyone else […]

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Lessons from Emmaus: Coming Home to Christ

April is the month parallel to those ancient, world-changing days when Jesus made resurrection appearances. According to Luke’s Gospel, all three occurred before the anticipated Jewish Pentecost festival – held fifty days following Passover. This month’s blogs will focus on this period of Jesus’ life between the resurrection and ascension, and examine those three appearances in the […]

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Thinking About Christ As ‘High Priest’

The term “priest” is one of those Biblical words that seem pretty far from our working mental or verbal vocabulary. After all, when’s the last time anyone had to kill a sheep and carry it to an altar? Yet this is the second blog in a row with a priest at its center, with one […]

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Gaining New Insights on the Easter Story

Because Madelon spent the last month in New Zealand and Australia providing Bible workshops in eight cities (see posting under ‘Events’), she is delighted to invite guest writer, Dr. Susan Humble, to once again grace readers with her inspired Scriptural insights.  Dr. Humble’s thoughts about how to unpack a text will hopefully prompt you and other […]

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Ezra: Prayer in Leadership

A favorite definition of leadership (after I worked in the field many years) is ‘one who follows in advance of others, the leadership of God.’ While Moses, Elijah, Paul and others embody this definition, lesser-known figures like Ezra merit a closer look. Described as ‘a priest and teacher of the law of the God of […]

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