Why We Call Jesus Our Redeemer

The Apostles taught in their letters that Jesus is our Redeemer. And though the gospels don’t record Jesus using this title for himself, hardly a page passes without the reader observing that Jesus was mindful of His mission to redeem or ransom sinful people for God and reconcile them to Him.

Notre Dame Crucifix

[Bronze crucifix in Notre Dame, Paris, France. May, 2013.]

This post is a quick reminder to Christians and non-Christians alike that Jesus is the focus of Christian faith because He is the only redeemer given by God. Here’s a slightly deeper look at why we call Jesus our Redeemer…

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Why We Call Jesus Our Mediator

The Apostles taught in their letters that Jesus is our Mediator and Redeemer. And though the gospels don’t record Jesus using these titles for himself, hardly a page of them passes without the reader observing that Jesus was mindful of His mission to redeem or ransom sinful people for God, to reconcile them to God, to mediate between holy God and sinful men, women, and children.

[Ecce Homo (“Behold, the Man”), by Caravaggio, 1606. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.]

This post is a quick reminder to Christians and non-Christians alike that Jesus is the focus of Christian faith because He is the only mediator between us and God. Here’s a slightly deeper look at why we call Jesus our Mediator…

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How to Parent: 23 Years of Parenting Experience Summed Up in 2 Words

For months, Dawn and I have talked about writing a series of advice posts about parenting. We’ve been through one strong-willed toddler, one semi-rebellious teen, and one very depressed middle-schooler, three kids in all. Our parenting journey includes some short-term government assistance, an unexpected and difficult career transition, several years of parenting while medicated, and miraculously, lots of joy-filled memories for all five of us.

The Hetricks in Sugar Cane, 2002

[The Hetricks at the Mountain Farm, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, 2002.]

But, as I’ve struggled to summarize what we learned from experience in a simple, how-to-parent intro post, I finally decided that our 23 years of parenting experience can be boiled down to just these two words:

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