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Church on Sale

November 22, 2013

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Most blog posts I read are interesting for a day or two, then slip into my sub-conscious or out of my head altogether. But this recent post from The Minimalists is sticking with me. In it the author argues that we shouldn’t buy things on sale. Actually, he is not opposed to buying things on […]

Story and Sermon

June 29, 2013

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As part of my ongoing studies, I have been spending a lot of time reading about the power of stories. Robert McAfee Brown, reflecting on the tale of David and Nathan in 2 Samuel 12, writes that: “The power of a story is a power over which we do not have ultimate control, since it […]

Jesus vs. The Holy Spirit

May 31, 2013

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[Spoiler Alert: many of these thoughts are going to be integrated into an upcoming sermon. If you are going to hear me preach and want it all to be a surprise, stop now!] If we could choose between an encounter with the person of Jesus Christ or to live as we do with the Holy […]

A Church Needs a Lot of Different People

April 17, 2013

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There are moments when I need to lean on the faith of others. When a bomb explodes at the Boston Marathon. And then another one goes off. When I see theological bullies tearing the church apart like a chicken wishbone, hoping to end up with the bigger part. When I see capitalism masquerading as Christianity. […]

I am the best of me. I am the worst of me. I am not me.

March 26, 2013

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I am the best of me. I am the worst of me. I am not me. Some days, everything falls into place and I cannot be stopped. I am creative, brimming with potential, full of good cheer. I am original. I control myself to meet my goals. No sooner do I dream than I accomplish. […]

If Everything is God’s Plan, Then Nothing Is

March 6, 2013

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I’ve been doing some personal and theological “reverse engineering” lately. It goes a little something like this: I see signs pointing in one direction. Could it be that hand of God moving in my life? A possibility opens before me and, could it be, God is opening a door? I am normally hesitant to make any such claims […]

Don’t Pay for a Disembodied Gospel

February 15, 2013

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Working for a not-for-profit organization, there is a lot of talk around the office about how “young people” (whatever that means) don’t give money to churches or charities. If they do, it will only be to organizations that provide people with food, water, or mosquito nets. The common refrain is that “people under forty don’t care about […]