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21st Century Evangelicals

There is a common question asked about what “Evangelical” means.  It is confused by the fact that in many parts of the continent, to be “Evangelical” means to be part of the Lutheran denomination.  For a Chinese church that has it in their name, it is confusing because the translation often really means either “gospel” (fuyin) or, sometimes, “Protestant” (xinjiaotu). Then, there are the theologians that often go to the so-called Bebbington quadrilateral to explain things; but, again, what in the world does that mean anyhow and do Evangelicals today (or those who call themselves Evangelicals) really do those things?

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Our God

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
Deuteronomy 6:4-5 (emphasis mine)

Unrequited love. It’s when you love someone, but that love is not shared in return. It’s the stuff of tragedies. Eponine and Marius. Quasimodo and Esmerelda. Jacob and Bella.

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Life With Christ

In our last sermon of 2010, Alex tells this story of a conversation he had with me (it’s about 34 minutes into the sermon). And so, in the same vein of Take That’s behind-the-scenes look at the reconciliation between them and Robbie Williams, and the recording of their new album, I thought I’d share my perspective of that same conversation.

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Is it beginning to feel like Christmas yet?

As I’ve grown older, I’ve noticed I’ve lost a certain sense of excitement and anticipation with Christmas. I can hardly believe that it’s the 23rd of December already! Wasn’t it just November a few days ago? It seems as if time flies quicker and quicker, and Christmas seems to spring up on me without warning.

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anticipation & disappointment

I used to get really excited about Christmas. Not because of the food, friends, family, or celebrations. Truth be told, my materialistic mindset made presents the most marvellous thing about Christmas. I remember getting the very first Nintendo console. The 8-bit grey and black dream machine. My sister and I stayed up until 2am getting past Bowser on level 1-4 of Super Mario Bros. My parents woke up and gave us a stern telling off, but reading the words, “your princess is another castle” left me with a sense of excitement and anticipation of waking up the next morning and continuing the journey to rescue the princess.

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rejection

Rejection. It’s a horrible feeling. It’s more than being left behind. It’s worse than just being abandoned or neglected. Rejection is all those things and more. The worst part about rejection is that it’s a decision. Someone doesn’t want you. They’ve looked at you and they don’t want you to be part of the group. It’s the toys being thrown away in Toy Story. It’s the rejects who join Glee. It’s all the people who didn’t get to the next stage of X-factor.

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love beyond

This post is a challenge to followers of Christ. Those of us who call ourselves Christians. Disciples of Jesus. The bride of Christ. His church.

It seems very much that we have settled. We have settled for the life here. We have made roots in the land. We have decided to call this world our home. What defines you? What marks you as unique? What sets you apart from the rest of this world?

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