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Misery and Mercy

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It is difficult to overstate how unpleasant it was to live in a city in the ancient Mediterranean world.  As historian Rodney Stark documents in his book The Triumph of Christianity, the earliest generations of Jesus’ followers tended to live and serve in urban areas like Antioch, Ephesus, Corinth and Philippi.  These places were more crowded, crime-infested, and disease-ridden than… Read more »

Grace, Mercy, and Justice

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Throughout Lent, we’re exploring the parables of Jesus – the two dozen or so stories that were his chief means of describing the reality of God’s rule on earth.  The late author and theologian R.C. Sproul was fond of telling about a particular time he was teaching an introductory college course on the Old Testament.  The class was populated by… Read more »