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  1. Rightly distinguishing between law and gospel, as Paul helps us see in 2 Corinthians 3, is, quite literally, a matter of life and death.
  2. I think the problem with the idea of eternity is that we do not have any direct experience of it, but we encounter enough of its possibility to be unsettling.
  3. All of Scripture, every last syllable of it, is meant to drive us to "consider Jesus," the One who comes to "make us right" by gifting us his righteousness.
  4. Jesus not only healed her daughter, but he also gave himself to her. Wherever she went from then on, he was with her.
  5. Morons though we all have been, there is nothing we need that Christ hasn’t given us.
  6. We assert, we herald, the truth about God becoming King of the world in and through Jesus of Nazareth alone. It is our public announcement.
  7. The gospel's message is the scandalous announcement that Yahweh has stooped to our frame, to where we are.
  8. The sign of the cross, according to the earliest centuries of Christians, is “the sign of the Lord,” and every baptized Christian was “marked” with it.
  9. The law had to have its way with the expert to bring him around (and back) to Abraham's response.
  10. As the writer to the Hebrews affirms, what makes the Christian gospel so much better is that we are no longer dealing with “types and shadows."
  11. God resolves his wrath through the unexpected giving of his Son.
  12. Maybe, just maybe, our goal for 2023 should not be to live more but to die more.