A Wedding Homily

More and more I am coming to love and appreciate the “art” of preaching; and it is most definitely an art.  We work with existing material to craft something at once both traditionalist (art always owes to what came before it) and original (no one has done it yet precisely…

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An Uncommon, Common Holiness

Not long ago I was in the midst of a three day fast that culminated in a 24 hour solitude retreat at the Franciscan Retreat Center up near Colorado Springs. Believe it or not, for all of my emphasis on the life of discipline and devotion, that was the first…

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Some Tips for Not Losing Your Soul Over the Holidays

Hey friends – Several weeks ago, as I was preparing to do our weekly house church leader coaching video, the thought occurred to me: “Gosh, the holidays are approaching, and that means that our leaders are getting ready to head into what is at once the most fun and most…

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With Gratitude, the Sunday before Thanksgiving…

Tonight marks our second annual Bloom all-church Thanksgiving dinner.  At 5:00 tonight, we’ll gather for worship, share a short teaching, and then feast together on turkey, potatoes of various kinds, stuffing, gravy, pies… the works.  Somewhere in the middle of the feasting, we’ll open up the microphone and let people…

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Election Morning Pleas

As a rule I don’t do a lot of political commentary, but since a Presidential election is a big deal and concerns all of us as its results will have wide-sweeping ramifications both in the immediate and long term future, I thought it would be worth sharing how I prayed…

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