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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How to “Pray for Healing”

I sat by the bedside of a dear friend of mine last night. Barely 24 hours removed from a multiple-bypass open heart surgery, he was in excruciating pain. We had spent about an hour together at that point, and during our time I would watch his agony rise in swells….

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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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A God in the Dirt

One of the first places we meet the God revealed in Scripture is in a garden. The writer of Genesis records, in an anthropomorphism sure to awaken scorn from the philosopher or religious historian, “Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was…

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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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Ask Eugene Peterson a Question!!

Ok friends, here’s a sweet opportunity for you. In two weeks, me and a few friends are heading out to friggin Eugene Peterson’s house (if you don’t know who Eugene Peterson is, he’s the guy that wrote The Message Bible and like a bazillion other amazing books including the popular Christ Plays in…

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Why I’m Part of the Denver Institute for Faith and Work

Last year, through a mutual contact, I had the good privilege of meeting Jeff Haanen.  Jeff is a high energy fella with great passion for God, great passion for Denver, and great passion for how God intends to work through his people to bring about healing and cultural renewal to…

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