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September

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Thinking About Kids & Church

By Chuck Colson

Josh Cullum brought this article to my attention recently. It is well worth a read. And, perhaps it will lead you to rejoice on Sunday evenings when our rather raucous chorus of kids join us in God’s presence! http://thecommunity.anglican.ca/children/7424/guest-post-dear-parents-with-young-children-in-church/  

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May

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He is Ascended! So What?

By Chuck Colson

Several years ago, when naming our fledgling church plant, our core group wanted to choose a name that reflected a theological concept essential for our life and witness in metro Washington, D. C. Living in the city at the center of the world’s system of power, we realized the significance of the exaltation of Jesus… Read More »

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April

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Fabricating the Resurrection?

By Chuck Colson

Each year Easter leads to scores of articles and public discussions about Jesus’ resurrection. Some will say the resurrection is simply a spiritual event, misinterpreted by the disciples, that teaches us to find hope in despair; others that it is a wholesale fabrication concocted by later church leaders; and yet others that Jesus’ crucified corpse… Read More »

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March

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Diagnosing Desire

By Chuck Colson

Recently, I preached on Jesus’ interaction with a blind man outside of Jericho (Lk. 19:35-43). In utter helplessness, this blind beggar, named Bartimaeus in Mark’s rendition (Mk. 10:46-52), looks to Jesus for wholeness.  And, owing to his faith, Jesus saves him, granting him his eyesight. Reflecting on this story, something caught my attention. When Jesus… Read More »

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February

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Robes & Rings

By Chuck Colson

Last Sunday we considered Jesus’ three parables from Luke 15:1-32. Epic in proportion, it is difficult to find a more beautiful collection of stories on rebellion, grace, and reconciliation. Unfortunately, Luke 15:11-32 has long been mishandled as a story about one kind of rebellion – the rebellion of the young son who went off into… Read More »

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February

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Why Bother With Lent?

By Chuck Colson

Typically, evangelicals are shy about Lent. The forty days prior to Easter – Sundays excepted – are known popularly as a season for giving up chocolate or other extras in order to show God how much we love him. With such impoverished notions, it is no small wonder that Lent has fallen on hard times.… Read More »

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January

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Down with the Tyrant!

By Chuck Colson

Tyrannical rule normally ends badly. Bullying bishops, strong-handed elders, and death-dealing dictators often see their abusive power structures collapse under their own weight. However, the timing of such events is far less predictable. Nations and organizations will labor years under over-bearing leaders who sustain their power by constructing false narratives, playing on fears, and using… Read More »

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January

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Experiencing Change

By Chuck Colson

With 2013 beginning, many will take a personal inventory, considering ways they would like to change in the coming year. Given that, I thought it might be helpful to explore, over a series of posts, how personal transformation takes place through the grace of God. In tackling the subject, it is important to avoid two… Read More »

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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 »