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    Thinking about the Love of God in Christ

    One of my favorite passages in Scripture is the so-called “Christ hymn” found in Phil 2:5-11. There, we learn how God’s love for each of us is incredibly deep. Christ, the text says, “emptied himself” (v.7). So much to say about this! The cross was the way in which God put his love on public display: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom 5:8). We know that, in this act of death on the cross, God was not watching from a distance. Rather, God was “in Christ,” reaching out us (2 Cor 5:19). Again, so much to…

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    Off-The-Cuff Musings on Faith, Hope, Love, and Tacos

    My Bible reading this morning took me to 1 Thessalonians, and I was struck by a few things Paul had to say. When he writes to the Thessalonian church, Paul begins by extolling them for their Christian virtues – that is, for their way of faith, hope, and love. He says, “We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” – 1 Thess. 1:2-3 (ESV) I think what he says here is super instructive for many Christians. In much of…

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    Theology Matters Because Love Matters

    When it comes to your relationship with God, “head knowledge” is so important. The whole “just-love-God-with-your-heart” motif won’t work. After all, you can’t possibly love God with your heart without knowing something about God in your head. To attempt to do so is nothing short of insulting, unloving, and nonsense. Let me explain. Suppose that, over dinner, my wife begins telling me things about herself – that is, about her desires, her hobbies, her passions, her preferences, her dislikes, her thoughts, her past, her plans for the future, etc. But before she can even finish, I interrupt her, saying, “Oh, honey. I don’t care to know anything about you; I…