The Vocation of Marriage…

Marriage is intended as a redemptive partnership that serves as an example to the world of the in-breaking reality of God among us. It points backward to God’s original intent for creation while pointing forward to what will be true again in the future. This is the vocation of marriage.

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Is Diversity About Being Hip and Relevant?

Great article on diversity and the changing world from Faith and Leadership: Most of us have heard a variation of this statement: “The United States is becoming increasingly racially and ethnically diverse. To stay ‘relevant,’ we must adapt to this new reality.” I have often wondered exactly what this statement is supposed to mean for…

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Reflecting on Back Surgery & the Poor

For the last 6 months my I’ve had shooting pain down my left leg in addition to it going numb all the way down to my toes whenever I stand for more than 3-5 minutes. Strangely, it has been the worst when walking through a grocery store. I’ve taken that as a sign to stop…

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Few Bear the Cross

From The Imitation of Christ by Thomas A’Kempis, “Jesus hath many lovers of His heavenly kingdom, but few bearers of His Cross. He hath many seekers of comfort, but few of tribulation. He findeth many companions of His table, but few of His fasting. All desire to rejoice with Him, few are willing to undergo…

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Two Super-Easy Steps to Preaching a Holistic Gospel

We all think we are preaching a holistic gospel. In all my years of interacting with pastors, teachers and leaders I have never met anyone who got into a pulpit on a regular basis and said “I think I am going to preach a one-sided gospel.” In reality, none of us are preaching a fully holistic gospel,…

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It's not me, It's you: Being Part of the God's Family

A prayer from this mornings reading in Common Prayer Lord, our efforts at faithfulness are fraught with failure more often than we care to admit. Thank you that your love for us is never wasted. Keep us rooted in your word, eating at your table, and praying by your Spirit, so that we may remember…

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What is the Form and Function of the Church?

A community that is guided by the scriptures. Without the scriptures, we’d have no direction or compass. Its our family history.  It’s gives us a trajectory for our future.  When we read the scriptures we read them in community with a missional bent. A community that is dependent on the Spirit. Without the dependence on…

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Submission in Leadership

One of the major early themes in The Imitation of Christ is that of humility. I will be honest. I am not a big fan of humility. Humility is one of those things that constantly seems desperately out of grasp. Just when I feel like I am getting close to understanding it and getting it,…

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Recovering God's Story in Worship

From Robert Webber’s Book, Ancient-Future Worship In the postmodern world of violence and uncertainty, there is a great need to recover the Christus Victor theme that God in Christ has defeated all the powers of evil, that he has conclusively abolished sin, death, and all that is evil in the world, and that because of…

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Follow Me. Walking with Jesus.

Discipleship as the Call of the Kingdom (i.e. a brain dump on discipleship) The call of the Kingdom is Jesus’ call to “follow me”. If the kingdom is the in-breaking of God’s reign, the call of “follow me” is the call to bring your life under that reign. If the Kingdom is that God is…

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