A Grief Observed…Revisited

“Nothing will shake a man — or at any rate a man like me — out of his merely verbal thinking and his merely notional beliefs. He has to be knocked silly before he comes to his senses. Only torture will bring out the truth. Only under torture does he discover it himself.” – C.S

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How God’s Gospel Might Speak to Charlottesville

I’m from the American South. I’ve been around all sorts of Good ol’ Boys with big guns and bigger trucks. I’ve seen my fair share of racism in some of these places. One fellow I met from the mountains of Kentucky had never met a black man before he’d turned 18. I’ve also seen plenty

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That is my King – A Brief Good Friday Reflection

As I write this post, the Agnews are in route to Knoxville to spend the day with family. Amanda graciously offered to drive so I could spend some time reflecting on Good Friday and put the final touches on the sermon for Sunday. So here we go…   Friends, Sunday is coming! That means we,

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The Garden

They mount the familiar hill Behind the Master To the summit. Of grief and pain Are His thoughts filled As He treads among the fallen olives; And so His Father’s oil Joins with Mary’s essence of nard To anoint His feet. Following behind, The others mount Olivet In confusion and despair, For one is not

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The Atonement, and That Terrible, Beautiful Justice of God

But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

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An American Gestalt from Psalm 73:25

I grew up believing an American dream Life in the ‘burbs, two cars, a mower Coffee prepared, a dash of cream And by God’s grace, I wanted more. A name for myself, gained bit by slow bit? Life amidst wealth? A wife who adores? Those to acknowledge my wisdom and wit? And by God’s grace,

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The Word of Christ

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly… Okay, so just a heads up: this post may have some controversial content. I’m not trying to be controversial for controversy’s sake. I’m just admitting up front that what I want to discuss is a hard issue. I want to bring up the problems of immigration

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Creativity and Christ

If you were to poll a large section of today’s society, Family Feud style, with the question being, “What is the group in culture that exemplifies the most creativity?” I’m willing to bet at least all the change in my sock drawer that the Church (big “C”) would not be “one of the top eight

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