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Justin Bailey

Deadly SinsSermons

Deadly Sins: Anger – Ephesians 4

All anger invites self-examination. What is making you angry? And is your anger sourced in life and love, or does it seek to humiliate and destroy? How does it feel? Does it fuel constructive action, or does it eat you alive? Alienation from God twists…
March 19, 2017
Deadly SinsSermons

Deadly Sins: Pride – James 3

James alerts us to two kinds of wisdom, two ways to become adept at navigating the world. There is a kind of wisdom marked by pride, it comes “from below,” it is “earthly, unspiritual, and demonic.” But there is a second kind of wisdom, a…
March 5, 2017

Favorite Reads in 2016

I read 61 books in 2016. About half were for my academic work. About 20 were fiction. About 20 were audiobooks. I keep track of my reading on Goodreads. Here are the favorite books I read this year: Favorite Serious Novel: Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson. I wrote a dissertation…
December 30, 2016

When Prayer Prevents Piety – Jonah 2

Everyone agrees that Jonah rebels in chapter one. But the question is when Jonah repents. Some think that Jonah begins to repent in chapter one, when he has the sailors throw him into the sea. Others think that Jonah repents in chapter two, when he…
November 14, 2016