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Good Friday

Friday, March 25, 2016  |  posted by John Schroeder

Authors Note:  I first wrote and published this post on my church’s Lenten blog in 2013.  Many people shared with me that they found it deeply meaningful.  Therefore I am reprinting it here with hope and prayers that the much greater readership of this blog will likewise find it such.

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Since my visit to the Holy Lands in 2011, it is impossible for me to focus on Holy Week without reflecting on that visit. It is especially true this year since in just the last couple of weeks I have finished reading a history of Jerusalem. It was on my visit to Jerusalem that God demonstrated to me most vividly the importance of broadening my focus and taking the entire journey from the Hosannas of Palm Sunday to the Hallelujahs of Easter.

There is a tendency these days to de-emphaisze our sin and its cost – to focus on the pleasant happy portion of the gospel and to keep the less pleasant aspects out of focus. Too often, mainstream, best-selling Christian literature tells us the good news of Christ’s “helping us towards wholeness,” or His “granting us our hearts desire” – But what Christ did for us was so much deeper and so much more fundamental that to discuss such things in such a fashion is talk about Handel or Mozart as if they were mere ten bar jingle writers. Continue Reading

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Maundy Thursday

Thursday, March 24, 2016  |  posted by John Schroeder

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When the hour had come, He reclined at the table, and the apostles with Him.  And He said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer;  for I say to you, I shall never again eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”  And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He said, “Take this and share it among yourselves;  for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine from now on until the kingdom of God comes.”  And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”  And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.  But behold, the hand of the one betraying Me is with Mine on the table.  For indeed, the Son of Man is going as it has been determined; but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed!”  And they began to discuss among themselves which one of them it might be who was going to do this thing.

Luke 22:14-23 (NASB)

Senator John McCain On Brussels And The Way Forward In The War Against ISIS

Thursday, March 24, 2016  |  posted by Duane Patterson

The audio:

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The transcript:

HH: I’ll spend a lot of the program today talking about the latest throw down between Ted Cruz and Donald Trump as Ted Cruz pushes back against Donald Trump’s attack on Heidi Cruz. But I begin by focusing on the civilizational struggle that manifested itself in Brussels two days ago with United States Senator John McCain of Arizona. Senator McCain, welcome back, good to talk to you again.

JM: Thank you, Hugh, and thanks for having me on again, and I’m sorry about the circumstances. But it was all predictable and predicted.

HH: There was a story in yesterday’s New York Times, Senator, that said important pockets of the disenfranchised and isolated are embedded in most European countries. It named Bradford in England, the heavily Kashmiri and home to the London subway bombers, largely Muslim, East Birmingham, and then it talked about parts of Belgium, which have become basically self-ghettoization and ungoverned spaces. The same problem exists in France. How in the world does the West get its act together against this?

JM: Well, first of all, you have to go to Raqqa and take them out there, because that’s where they’re getting their direction and inspiration, from ISIS. And as long as they have this base, by the way, the information, and I know you’ve heard, they’re setting up a chemical weapons factory in Raqqa. And you have to go to Raqqa and Mosul, and it’s going to take some, I emphasize some, American boots on the ground. I’m talking about 10,000 out of a force of Sunni Arabs of about 100,000. Will they do that right now? Probably not with the failure of leadership of Barack Obama, but they will, because they view ISIS as a threat to them as well. So you’re going to have to either kill them there, or you’re going to kill them in the United States, or in Europe. Now as far as these enclaves are concerned, obviously you’re going to have to monitor them. Obviously, you’re going to have to use sophisticated monitoring, and it doesn’t mean foot patrols throughout these areas. But it’s also a bit of a lesson, Hugh, and you may disagree. If people come to a country and they never had a chance to be part of that country, then you see this kind of polarization that is, that we’re seeing take place in the ghettos around Paris, major cities in Europe. But the first thing we have to do is take out their inspiration, who they believe is winning, and that’s ISIS, whose geographic base is in Raqqa, Syria, and we have no plan to do that. As former Secretary Bob Gates said, there is no strategy. And this president seems to act as if these threats were inconsequential at best, some of the most bizarre behavior on the part of any president I have ever seen. Continue Reading

“Love Kindness” by Biola University President Barr Corey

Thursday, March 24, 2016  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

No better Holy Thursday interviewee that the president of Biola University Barr Corey whose brand new book Love Kindness is a terrific read any time of the year, but especially in this Easter Season:

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