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From Depths to Heights: Learning the Language of Repentance in Psalm 130

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In the first of his 95 theses, Martin Luther famously wrote that when Christ said "Repent" (Matt. 4:17), He was indicating that the entire Christian life must be one of repentancea daily turning away from sin and unbelief, towards trust, obedience, and joy in God. In my own experience, developing this posture of repentance doesn't come naturally; in fact, it's a bit like ...

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Mercy on Doubters

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We all have doubts from time to time. Doubts about the past can lead to regret, doubts about the future can lead to worry, and doubts about the present can lead to despair. We are not alone. The Bible is populated with people like Abraham and Sarah, who doubted whether they could have a child in their nineties (Genesis 17:17; Genesis 18:12) and Moses, who doubted whether h...

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A Crisis of Courage

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Recently it seems that everyone from celebrities to scientists to LCBO workers are being heralded as paragons of courage. But what does it actuallymean to have courage? Merriam-Webster defines courage as the "mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty." However this seems like one of those broad definitions that manages to no...

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The Surprisingly Practical Doctrine You Didn’t Think You Needed

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Rock climbers don't scale the sheer granite walls of El Capitan because it's easy. Nor do freedivers plunge to watery depths as a pleasant distraction from life. The motivation behind such ventures is not the gruelling effort in itself, but rather the rewards that come after the challenge: the breathtaking view from the summit or the sight of stunning coral displays on the...

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Death: The Missing Piece in Our Worldview

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We don't talk about death in our culture. In fact, we often do everything in our power to forget the reality of death. Talking about it makes us uncomfortable, thinking about it is depressing. Nevertheless, at all timeswhether we acknowledge it or notdeath looms over us and will at some point be a reality we all experience. The Bible, however, encourages a very different...

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The Hidden Blessing in Broken Bones

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It is strange to me that even though we live in a culture defined by its love of "life hacks," nature itself teaches that in most cases, the severity of a process determines the quality of the product. Rocks, for example, must be subjected to extreme pressure and high temperatures before they become diamonds. Craftsmen must endure the humiliations of apprenticeship if the...

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5 Reasons to Prioritize Church This Summer

Against all odds, summer is nearly upon us. While the prospect of nearly three months free of infringing exams is almost too good to be true for students, for the - well let's say, more advanced among us - the yearly prospect of trying to cobble together a bathing suit fit for public consumption is enough to drive the most stalwart soul to sheer panic. The summer season ...

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