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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 »

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November

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Ruthless Grace

By Chuck Colson

In Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead, John Ames, a pastor, writes his thoughts and memoirs to his seven year old son as he prepares to die. One passage about Boughton – his Presbyterian colleague – and his relationship to his estranged son struck me with its penetrating insight into our struggles with God’s love and forgiveness. Ames… Read More »

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November

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Justifying Indicatives

By Chuck Colson

Voices in the Reformed resurgence are focusing attention on the importance of our justification in Christ for our sanctification, or growth in Christ. In a recent interview with Justin Taylor, Tullian Tchividjian represents this view. Justin asks, “How would you boil down your concern to one sentence?” Tullian answers, “We are justified by grace alone… Read More »

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November

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God Wins

By Chuck Colson

Rob Bell’s latest book Love Wins: Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived has sparked plenty of controversy among North American evangelicals. Long critical reviews, witty defenses, gross caricatures, and unhelpful twitter statements abound. All the publicity took the book to the top of the Amazon charts, and the debate continues.… Read More »

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November

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Always & Everywhere

By Chuck Colson

Recently, I read through Paul’s epistles. Though many things stood out, perhaps none more than Paul’s emphasis on ‘thanksgiving.’  He was ‘always and everywhere’ giving thanks to God. With the suspicion that I was ignoring something important, I set out to study ‘thanksgiving’ more deeply, and hopefully redress some deficiencies in my life. This is… Read More »