Remembering Rod Whitacre: The Ukulele Evangelist

Posted on May 8, 2024
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In early 2023, the Rev. Dr. Rod Whitacre sat in a hospital bed, reflecting on his life with his son Chad. He was receiving treatment for lymphoma and would soon decide to come home to hospice care. Together that day, they remembered Rod’s many published contributions to New Testament studies, including the IVP New Testament…

Standing Firm in God’s Love with Athanasius

Posted on May 1, 2024
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“Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” – 1 John 4:8 “God is love.” This is a sentiment that we all, well, love. We love to say it, and we love to believe it. But what does it mean? Love implies a relationship between two or more persons. And…

Hymn Guide: Be Thou My Vision

Posted on April 11, 2024
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Did you know “Be Thou My Vision” was written by a blind monk? The text is traditionally attributed to Saint Dallán, a 6th-century Celtic monk who went blind in the middle of his life. Some modern scholars have argued for a later date in the 10th or 11th century. Either way, the text reflects the…

Called By His Grace: 10 Theses on the Conversion of Paul

Posted on January 25, 2024
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If we want to understand grace, we should look at the conversion of Paul. Not because grace is always so dramatic as to convert a murderer on the Damascus Road, but because grace can be so dramatic as to convert a murderer on the Damascus Road. As Paul explains in his letter to the Galatians:…

C.S. Lewis and the Fullness of Joy

Posted on November 29, 2023
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I cannot imagine a more fitting tribute to the work of Jesus in the life of author, professor, and apologist C.S. Lewis than Psalm 16:12: You shall show me the path of life; in your presence is the fullness of joy, and at your right hand there is pleasure for evermore. Most deeply, this psalm…

Defending Marriage at Oxford

Posted on October 19, 2023
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The Rev’d Dr. Peter Johnston, Ministry President of Anglican Compass, interviews the Rev’d Calvin Robinson, an Anglican deacon in the Free Church of England, about his participation in a debate at the Oxford Union in Oxford, UK, on whether Christianity should allow same-sex marriage. In his speech, he defended the traditional Christian view of marriage…

My Spirit Rejoices: A Commentary on the Magnificat

Posted on October 17, 2023
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Our God is a God of music. He does not sit in his high and noble tower, eternally contemplating his own existence, as some philosophers have hypothesized. He is, rather, always engaged in the drama of his own glory, bursting into the human world with shards of joy that inspire souls to sing out in…

Why Do Christians Call God Father?

Posted on July 17, 2023
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To call God “Father” is one of the great privileges of being a Christian. But this can be confusing to the world and even to some inside the church. Why do Christians call God “Father” when he is not our biological dad? The Child Calls to His Father The power of the word “Father” is…