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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Assorted Reflections from #Praxis14

This past weekend I had the great privilege of emceeing and presenting at the first (hopefully annual) Praxis Conference held at my home church (Sanctuary) in Tulsa, OK.  The purpose of the gathering was to explore, celebrate, and dialogue about how evangelical and charismatic churches are creatively and thoughtfully resourcing the…

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An Ash Wednesday Lament

Our service at Bloom was stunningly beautiful last night.  Together with our friends at Hope Community Church, in a near standing-room-only basement, we gathered together to “name” and lament the many deaths, and our responsibility and complicity in those deaths, that surround us.  It was powerful. Part of the night…

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