Thinking out loud about theology, ministry, and life with Jesus

Loving the Scriptures

I’m a church kid. Born and raised. 37 years, with some two dozen of those spent seriously following Jesus. Some of my oldest and most spiritually formative memories are of my mother. The daughter of a farmer, my mom was, is, and probably always will be the earliest riser I…

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Top Reads of 2018

Well, well. Here we are at the end of another year, and one of the things I love to do this time of year is look back over what I’ve read, trying to take stock of what has had the biggest influence on my mind over the past 12 months….

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December 26th

My family and I had a lovely Christmas Day yesterday. I trust yours did as well. After a busy and eventful Sunday and Monday, we enjoyed a leisurely morning unwrapping presents before heading off to a mid-morning matinee (the Grinch!). Later in the day we had some friends over for…

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Is calling God “Father” problematic?

I know for some people it is. In this when failures of human fatherhood abound, it is easy to move backwards into the biblical text with an impulse to sneer a bit at all such “masculine” talk of God, including that of God as “Father,” scouring the text to find…

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Keeping the Creative Soul Pure

My friend and colleague Dr. Pete Sanchez invited me this past weekend to give a handful of talks to our New Life Worship department at their fall retreat in lovely Buena Vista. (Props to the Frontier Ranch folks. Love that place.) The theme of the talks was “Beauty, Worship, and…

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William Blake – On Another’s Sorrow

One of the things I love most about Christian faith is the notion that God is both utterly transcendent and, precisely by that fact, utterly imminent. That is, he is both “beyond” us and so much “above the beyond” (as Gregory of Nyssa put it) that he is closer to…

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Thoughts on Bishop Curry’s Royal Wedding Sermon

Now that the dust has settled on a weekend in which we witnessed a truly memorable royal wedding and, with it, a perhaps still more memorable wedding homily by one of the most prominent leaders (and finest preachers!) of the global church, Bishop Michael Curry, I’d like to offer a…

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Why Become a Christian?

I’ve been doing a bit of reading lately for a possible doctoral research project having to do with the faith and practice of the early church. As such, my Amazon “recommended for you” is getting more interesting by the minute :). One of the really good books I’ve read on…

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