The Dark Side of Palm Sunday … Why We (Always) Kill Him

It is a matter of fairly firm historical record that Jesus… Was born in the 1st century to a rather inconspicuous family in Nazareth of Galilee Launched a public ministry some time in his late 20’s or early 30’s which immediately generated controversy Was crucified around Passover as something of…

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John Paul II on Love and Discipleship

As a born-and-raised evangelical, my tradition taught me to be a bit suspicious of “them Catholics” out there.  Spooky people, you know?  Believing in weird things like Mary-worship and cannibalism, they were best to be thought of as second-class Christians and perhaps people to be avoided.  Same God?  Maybe.  Same…

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The Giving God

Tomorrow I’ll be preaching the 8th (8th!) message in our series on spiritual practices at Bloom called “Spiritual Architecture” … (I wonder if people are going to start getting bored of this stuff … maybe they already are … ha!) The practice we’ll be covering tomorrow is Servanthood.  The text…

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Into the Light…

Joe (not his real name) and I were in a guy’s accountability group back in the day.  The purpose of the group was simple: celebrate life’s victory’s, share life’s pains, bear life’s burdens.  Not too complicated. Joe was a bit older than me, a seasoned “vet” as a Christian, but…

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Embracing darkness…

At Bloom, we’re participating in Lent.  And now that we’re more than two weeks into it, for a lot of us, this whole thing is starting to HURT a little…  Craving the food we decided to give up, wishing the commitments we made weren’t quite so ambitious, looking for loopholes…

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