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by Dr. Matt Friedeman There is a thought among some that the song on the heart and lips of Jesus during His experience on the cross included Psalm 22 through Psalm 31:5. The former begins with “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me” (the fourth of Jesus’ “last words”). The latter verse is...
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by Dr. Becky Luman “‘Man of Sorrows,’ what a name For the Son of God who came Ruined sinners to reclaim! Hallelujah! What a Savior! Bearing shame and scoffing rude, In my place condemned He stood; Sealed my pardon with His blood; Hallelujah! What a Savior! Guilty, vile and helpless we; Spotless Lamb of God...
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by Dr. Chris Lohrstorfer Luke 18:18-22 A ruler asked Him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “Why do you call Me good?” Jesus asked him. “No one is good but One—God. You know the commandments: Do not commit adultery; do not murder; do not steal; do not bear false witness; honor...
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by Dr. William Sillings Dr. Frederick Babatunde Odutola is a friend and coworker of mine in Lagos, Nigeria.  Fred is the Vice Chairman of the Governing Council for West Africa Theological Seminary.  He is also an accomplished barrister and philanthropist.  A long list of signal accomplishments and degrees festoon his résumé, including providing food and...
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by Dr. Matt Friedeman In church tradition the two thieves on the right and left of Jesus had names–Gestas and Dismas. Gestas looked over at Jesus and said, “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!” In the accounts in the Gospel of Mark and the Gospel of Matthew, it wasn’t just Gestas who was...
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by Dr. John Neihof I watched in wide-eyed wonder as Jesus entered the room for Passover. I had seen him in the temple courts on a few occasions.  Once, I even heard him teaching there. All of the talk had raged about him for three years. Now, I am face to face with this mysterious...
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In chapel this morning, Dr. Becky Luman shared a poem she came across during her Lenten readings by Christina Rossetti. May it bless your own reflection during Lent. Am I a stone and not a sheep That I can stand, O Christ, beneath Thy Cross, To number drop by drop Thy Blood’s slow loss, And yet...
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by Dr. Becky Luman For all Christians, the celebration of Easter needs no justification. For some of us, however, Lent has merited only a cursory gesture (e.g. “I gave up chocolate for Lent,”) or been neglected altogether as an unnecessary remnant of monasticism. But the forty days preceding our Resurrection observance may be more crucial...
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by Dr. Rick Boyd As we move through the season of Lent, I am quickly drawn to two passages of Scripture, one from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament. Psalm 51 was written by King David following his sin with Bathsheba (2 Sam 11). He had been entrusted with the leading of...
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