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December

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Beautiful Prose, Illuminating Insights

By Chuck Colson

Eugene Peterson challenges pastors to read great novels for the purpose of understanding the human soul. Since taking up Peterson’s challenge, I’ve found rich rewards in further understanding myself and others through the words of great writers. Presently, I am reading Wendell Berry’s novel Jayber Crow. It is amazing, and I highly recommend it. Berry meticulously… Read More »

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December

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Merry Christmas!

By Chuck Colson

Christmas day, December 25th, is just a few days away. Though the date probably has nothing to do with Jesus’ actual birthday, it is helpful to fix a day within the year to draw our hearts and minds to this key moment in God’s redemptive plan. Certainly, God’s incarnation is a day to remember and… Read More »

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December

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The New Logo: Cross & Crown

By Chuck Colson

Recently, Ascension adopted a new logo. In consultation with the designers, we hoped to capture themes central to our church’s name and mission in an aesthetically pleasing design. As you might imagine, there were a few initial blunders involving vertical take-offs and upward rising swooshes. After all, the ascension of Jesus is difficult to capture!… Read More »

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December

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Bonhoeffer on Advent

By Chuck Colson

While preparing for last week’s sermon, I stumbled on this gem from Dietrich Bonhoeffer on the value of Advent. Celebrating Advent means learning how to wait . . . Those who learn to wait are uneasy about their way of life, but yet have seen a vision of greatness in the world of the future… Read More »

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December

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Why Did Jesus Take on Human Flesh?

By Chuck Colson

With Advent underway, our schedules rapidly accelerate with parties, school plays, church, travel, and family events. Frequently, the pace numbs our heart and mind to the good news we are preparing to celebrate at Christmas, inducing loads of guilt. We end up happier when Christmas has passed because we don’t have to think anymore about… Read More »

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December

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What Does a New Website Have to do with God? Everything.

By Chuck Colson

One of the first things we learn in the Bible is that God speaks. He talks, and things happen – chaos is ordered, light shines, life emerges. As he speaks, God reveals himself. We learn what he likes, who he is, and how he wants things to be. And, as his images, God gives us… Read More »