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Tim Keller on The Resurrection

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In the decades before and after Jesus’ life and death, there were dozens of messianic movements in Israel. In almost every case the messianic leader was killed, in many cases by execution, and after the leader’s death each of these movements invariably collapsed. Everybody went home...

Tim Keller on The Gospel

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“The gospel of justifying faith means that while Christians are, in themselves still sinful and sinning, yet in Christ, in God’s sight, they are accepted and righteous. So we can say that we are more wicked than we ever dared believe, but more loved and accepted in Christ than we...

Trash Talking the Gospel

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Andrew Luck might be the nicest guy in football. Recently a report came out that describes how the star quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts has a very unique approach to “trash talk”. In football players often use aggressive or insulting trash talk to get in their opponents head...

Carrying Darkness

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One of my favorite movies is The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. My favorite scene in the movie is at the end when Frodo and his friend Sam are climbing Mt. Doom in order to destroy the Ring of Power. Frodo, the person chosen to carry the evil ring to its destruction, is...

The Pixar Principle

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Just over the Bay Bridge from San Francisco is the 15-acre home of Pixar Animation Studios. Pixar is a company known for unprecedented excellence in the world of computer animation, so it is no surprise that its campus reflects this sense of imaginative wonder. Walk into Pixar Animation Studios...

The Reckless Love of Donald Dawson

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During the War in Vietnam there was an American pilot named Daniel Dawson who was shot down over enemy territory. Daniel had a brother named Donald Dawson who lived in the States with his family. When Donald heard about his brother getting shot down he sold everything he had, left his family...

When All Other Lights Go Out

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In J.R.R. Tolkien’s masterpiece The Two Towers there is a classic scene in which the great elven queen Galadriel gives a gift to the hobbit Frodo Baggins. Galadriel knows that Frodo is going to encounter many dark and dangerous places on his journey and so she gives him a small...

I've Got Good News and Good News

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This past year I’ve become a fan of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Recently, Jimmy introduced a new sketch on his show in response to the many tragic and shocking stories in the news today. It’s called “I’ve Got Good News and Good News,” and consists...

Gifting Innocence

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This past week the legendary rock band U2 made an unprecedented move by releasing their latest album for free to everyone on iTunes. In an instant the album was automatically downloaded into the music libraries of half a billion people in 119 countries. Response to the move has been mixed, with...

Recalled to Life

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One of the most powerful characters in Charles Dickens’ classic A Tale of Two Cities is Dr. Alexandre Manette. In 1757 Dr. Manette is an upstanding doctor with a loving family until he is falsely accused and put in prison. There he wastes away for 18 years, losing himself and his...

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