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

Entering the Heart of God in Prayer

One of the saddest things I routinely encounter as a pastor is the reality that most people’s prayer lives hover somewhere between barely-hanging-on and utterly non-existent. That is sad because God desires more for us, and that “more” can and will satisfy us. The prophet Isaiah said that the redeemed…

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On the Life that is Stronger than Death :: Pentecost Sunday

“Son of man,” the Lord asked the prophet Ezekiel, many centuries ago, “Can these bones live?” These bones that represented the waste and devastation that had become Israel; Israel, that once proud people, the glory of the whole earth, the apple of Yahweh’s eye, now pining away in exile, full…

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Resurrection Tedium

The way some people talk about growth in resurrection life, you’d think it all happens in a day. When I was a kid, from time to time, traveling preachers would come to our church to talk about all the amazing things that God was doing through their ministries. The stories…

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Good Friday :: The Unbreakable Music

  “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures…” So said the Apostle Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians. Scholars note that specific word choice used by Paul is technical in nature. “Received”…

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Ash Wednesday :: On Learning to Speak

She came up to me after a service one Sunday night. Tears in her eyes, trembling, she was still holding the sacrament in her fingers–a bit of bread, soggy and quivering, right along with her hands. “Can I ask you a question?” she said. “Should you take this if you…

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A small update

Hi everyone– Not being on social media this year, I have no idea who (if anyone) will read this. I think I have subscribers, however… so maybe it’ll be you guys. ANYWAY. If you’re reading this, here’s a little update from me. My year long break from social media has…

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The Year Ahead

Hi friends– I’m sitting in the study in my parents’ house on a gorgeous Wisconsin December afternoon (rare but real). The snow is glistening, the sun is shining, the house is quiet, and I’m doing some thinking and planning for the upcoming year. 2016 will mark my 10th year in…

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