On the Life that is Stronger than Death :: Pentecost Sunday

“Son of man,” the Lord asked the prophet Ezekiel, many centuries ago, “Can these bones live?” These bones that represented the waste and devastation that had become Israel; Israel, that once proud people, the glory of the whole earth, the apple of Yahweh’s eye, now pining away in exile, full…

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We Can Do Better Than “Loving Liturgy”

I grew up in an almost totally non-liturgical family and church tradition. “Non-denominational charismatic” is how I’ve often described by background to people who ask. My parents and most of their friends had been mainliners and/or Catholics with a marginal faith before they encountered God in the person of the…

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Why I Love Lectionary Preaching

Advent begins this weekend, marking the end of “ordinary time” in the church calendar and beginning the long and beautiful journey deep into the heart of our faith–the realities of Incarnation, Crucifixion, and Resurrection. I’m stoked. One of the reasons that I’m stoked is that at Bloom, when the great…

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Why Christians Should Be INSATIABLE Trick-or-Treaters

I have four kids.  Last year, the oldest three were finally old enough (and aware enough to really want) to trick or treat. So we went for it.  They decided on their costumes, mom helped them put it all together, we got our pails ready, and out into the darkness…

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Reflections on the Eugene Peterson Vocation Event

Last night, 175 folks from all over Denver came together to listen to The Pastor, Eugene Peterson, open his heart and talk with us about faith and vocation. The event, hosted by Denver United Church and sponsored by Cherry Creek Presbyterian, Littleton Christian, Bloom, and New Life Church, in collaboration with The…

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A Maundy Thursday Reflection

“Maundy” Thursday.  So called because on this day the Church celebrates Jesus’ institution of the “new commandment” (“mandatum novum” in Latin) following his washing of the disciples’ feet.  The commandment is simple, poignant, and well-known: A new commandment I give to you: love one another.  Just as I have loved…

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