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Romans in the Shadow of the Reformation

For Martin Luther, Romans 1:17 opened the gates of paradise to justification by faith alone and was instrumental in launching church history’s most spectacular revolution.  Genevan Reformer John Calvin said of the book of Romans: “If we have gained a true understanding of this epistle, we have an open door to all the most profound treasures of Scripture.” To mark …

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The God Who Broke My Heart

A few years ago I came down with a serious illness. A bacterial infection destroyed my mitral valve, which put me in the early stages of heart failure. Not only did I have to follow the medical path laid out before me, I also had to put my house in order in the event that I would not recover. Over …

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When You Tell God ‘Hands Off’

Article by: Staff “Let Herod’s life be a warning to you. No matter how clever and powerful you are, if you oppose the rule of the Shepherd King, your life will end in frustration.” – Tom Hawkes Text: Matthew 2:1–12  Preached: January 15, 2017 Location: Uptown Church, Charlotte, North Carolina  Tom Hawkes is founding pastor of Uptown Church (PCA) in Charlotte, North Carolina, and …

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First Comes Love, Then Comes Adoption

Superman. Snow White. Harry Potter. Luke Skywalker. Princess Leia. Peter Pan. Why do so many inspiring stories have orphans as main characters? These stories tap into the innate feeling that this world is not our home. As C. S. Lewis wrote, “If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that …

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When Tragedy Touches Every Part of Your Job

Val Anderson is the executive director of His Grace Foundation (HGF), a nonprofit organization that provides physical, emotional, and financial support to patients and families on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit (BMTU) of Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH). HGF was founded by Val’s best friend, Erin Kiltz, who saw the need for patients and families to feel connected and supported when …

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The Underground Railroad—Reimagining America’s Ugly Past

Why do we read fiction? Most often it’s for pleasure or escape. It does us good to get caught up in someone else’s story. But fiction also has the power to shape our moral imaginations. It increases empathy and allows us to experience emotionally the outworking of choices we haven’t made or tragedies we haven’t suffered. Some novels lean so heavily toward …

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Man with a Past—And Now, a Future

At 8 years old, Michael Hiser cut class, drank whiskey, and smoked marijuana. Raised by a single mom who worked 16-hour days, he “ran wild” in the projects of Louisville, Kentucky. His teachers called him “stupid” and “lazy,” not realizing he struggled with undiagnosed dyslexia. At 13, a man befriended and molested him. Blaming himself for being too weak to …

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