A Right Spirit and Clean Heart

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.” (Ps. 51:10-11 ESV) When we think of the word, holy (ἅγιος in Greek), we usually think of moral purity, which is one definition. The other […]

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Kinnaman Examines the Journey from Lost to Found, Part 3

David Kinnaman with Aly Hawkins. 2011. You Lost Me: Why Young Christians are Leaving Church and Rethinking Faith[1].  Grand Rapids: BakerBooks. (Goto part 1; goto part 2) Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra Perceptions matter. In a world where everyone is potentially connected with everyone else, urban myths thrive. I remember in my career as an economist […]

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Be Holy For I am Holy

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” (Matt. 5:8 ESV) By Stephen W. Hiemstra God is holy; we are not. Our tension with God often starts with guilt over this holiness gap. This gap, which is more of a chasm, points to our need for Christ because we cannot bridge it on […]

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Kinnaman Examines the Journey from Lost to Found, Part 2

David Kinnaman with Aly Hawkins. 2011. You Lost Me: Why Young Christians are Leaving Church and Rethinking Faith [1].  Grand Rapids: BakerBooks. (Goto part 1; goto part 3) Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra Parents of mosaics (millennials) struggling with their Christian faith often beat themselves up over these struggles. I sure do. Behind these moments of self-indictment […]

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Jesus Models Image Ethics

“So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.” (John 5:19 ESV) By Stephen W. Hiemstra Jesus loves image ethics. Because we are created in the […]

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