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Packing Up the Boxes Again

I remember sitting in my college dorm room, circa 2005 trying to figure out XangaXanga! That’s when I first started blogging.

I didn’t stay at Xanga long. It was like a drafty apartment. I quickly moved on to Blogspot. A nice townhouse. But then I realized the people in the WordPress neighborhood were better off.

I was keeping up with the blogging Joneses. I moved in.

It’s been the perfect home for the past 13 years. So perfect that, by mid-2018 (11 years of publishing on that platform), I had posted at least one blog in every month except seven. Seven. In eleven years. And most of those months off were taken off by design because of various seasons of life or travel.

It’s been a good run. But the time has come to pack up the boxes and move again.

Over the next few months, my website here at jamespruch.com will be repurposed into something new. I’m excited about it, so watch out for changes this fall.

In the meantime, that means no more new writing here. All my posts will continue to live at jamespruch.wordpress.com, however.

Think of that space like the National Archives. Except way less cool, way less old, and way less precious.

But still awesome. And I hope those 13 years of posts are helpful to you.

So, what’s next?

Enter Substack.

Substack is like a blog, but more like a newsletter. Once you subscribe (just like here on WordPress) you’ll get new posts in your inbox. Are you subscribed to my blog here? I’d appreciate you subscribing at Substack.

I’ll continue to write about the things that have always intrigued me: theology, the life of faith, and culture. But I’ll include other topics I’ve grown to love over the years, especially recently, like leadership, strategic thinking, finances, and more. (I have a lot of interests, okay?)

It’ll be a junk drawer newsletter. Weird, I know. But life’s kinda like a junk drawer, isn’t it? And we all know that the best treasures are found in the junk drawer.

Head on over to Substack and subscribe. It’s completely free. What do you have to lose? (Hint: probably nothing.)

As always, thanks for reading.

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Life Ministry

Looking Forward to Wearing a White Robe

Here’s a segment of a sermon I preached called “You Can Change” from Colossians 3:1-17:

In a passage that accentuates the tension between what we are in Christ and what we experience in our daily life on earth, Paul gives us a tremendous word of promise. 

Right now, in our effort to put on virtue, we wrestle with sin and brokenness. We are marred and, in some way, not yet whole. We have been raised with Christ, yet there is still a stain inside of us. And this stain inclines us toward evil. Our efforts to live virtuously will always fall short. And this is not an failure of God’s grace, but rather evidence that indwelling sin is a reality.

And that’s where v. 4 comes in to play. “When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” One day the one in whom we find our identity will appear and we will be “further clothed” and share in his glory.

The promise we have is that one day there will be no more vices to be avoided. There will be no more struggling for virtue. There will be no more New Year’s resolutions. When Christ returns in glory, there will be no more need to clothe ourselves with virtue because, as Revelation 7:14 says, we will wear robes that have been washed white in the blood of the Lamb.

Listen to the whole sermon.

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Life

Without Change, We Won’t Last

I was listening to “Mona Lisa (When the World Comes Down)” by The All-American Rejects earlier tonight.  There’s a line that caught my attention in the first verse.  Tyson Ritter, the band’s frontman, sings:

Without a change
Our lives will never last
‘Cause we’re going fast

This is such a small line in the context of the song, but it shows the world’s desire for change.  You can see it all over the media.  From diets to cars to fashion to philosophy to education to political candidates.  Everything is always “new” and offers some kind of “transformation.”

What the world needs is the change that Christ offers.  He can provide it because in him we find the changeless One.  “[The earth and heavens] will perish, but you remain…like a garment they will be changed.  But you are the same, and your years will have no end” (Heb. 1:11).

This changeless One, doesn’t leave us changeless though.  We need it, or we are doomed.  He gives the greatest change we could ever have.  “We all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image [that is, the image of God that sin has ruined] from one degree of glory to another.  For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit” (2 Cor. 3:18).

Without change, we definitely won’t last.  But every change that doesn’t come from the Lord will give way to the next best thing.  In Christ we find the greatest thing this universe has to offer.  The searching stops with him.