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

O Come, Emmanuel // Our Advent Plea

I remember the first time I heard it, what has become my favorite Christmas song. My dad, who has a background in music and theater, delivered it as a special during a worship service in our church one December many years ago. He walked out onto the stage with no…

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My Favorite Books of 2017

I have a reputation for reading a lot. Always have. The funny thing is, I never feel like I read a lot, or enough. And that’s probably where all the reading comes from–the exquisite thrill of having a new experience, coming by new knowledge, seeing the world in a new…

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Good Death

I sat beside the bedside of an 84 year old woman who is maybe days, perhaps even hours, away from her death. Dorothy is her name. I didn’t know her personally until yesterday. Her son attended our church in Denver and when his mom took a turn for the worst,…

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From Fixing to Following

There is a story told in the Sayings of the Desert Fathers. A group of old men came to see Abba Anthony, in the midst of whom was a man named Abba Joseph. Abba Anthony wanted to test them, so he suggested a text of Scripture and asked each one…

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“There is literally nothing else”

Last fall was one of the strangest periods of my life. About halfway through a three month sabbatical our church in Denver (Bloom) had provided us over the summer, we discerned the Lord calling us to lay down that ministry, which we had lovingly and painstakingly built over seven years,…

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