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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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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The Essential Church Podcast

So one of my favorite things about ministry over the years has been (and is) “talking shop.” I LOVE talking shop. Church, to me, is downright fun. The ongoing effort see the local church rise up in all that God desire it to be… the constant interplay, the back and…

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Crucifixion of the Warrior God (Post 1)

Pastor, scholar, and longtime evangelical provocateur Greg Boyd is out to correct what he calls a “lacuna” in the field of biblical interpretation, and that is this: how can we at once affirm the God-breathed and revelatory nature of the Old Testament text while also affirming that the God revealed…

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