A modest plea

“Let the little children come unto me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Mt 19:14) When I was 16 and a junior in high school, I had perhaps my first mega-significant awakening to the goodness of God in the face of…

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Into the Wilderness…

Eight years ago this Spring, Mandi and I left the friendly confines of Tulsa, Oklahoma and rolled in Chicago, Illinois so that I could attend seminary.  We did not know a soul when we arrived, and needless to say, it was a little scary.  God was good to us, however,…

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“Already”… from the soil springs life

Lately, as I begin my morning devotions, I quote this Psalm (Psalm 1), surely one of my “top 10s”: Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, or stand in the way of sinners, or sit in the seat of mockers; but his delight…

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Lent begins… And we’re coming home again

I love Lent.  That probably strikes some as a really weird and perhaps morbid thing to say… but its true.  I love it.  And here are a few reasons why: Because the whole of our faith comes crashing together during this season Because Lent calls us to remember our mortality…

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Happy Birthday Bloom! Looking Backwards // Looking Forwards

February marks the 3 year anniversary of Bloom‘s first official weekly public gathering – it’s birth(day/month), in a sense.  I like birthdays, so we decided to have a birthday celebration for Bloom this weekend.  Tell some stories, eat some cake.  It was a really great time. Actually, I did most…

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