Why Become a Christian?

I’ve been doing a bit of reading lately for a possible doctoral research project having to do with the faith and practice of the early church. As such, my Amazon “recommended for you” is getting more interesting by the minute :). One of the really good books I’ve read on…

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Entering Silence

What is the role of solitude and silence in our efforts to follow the living Christ who leads us by his Spirit into the future the Father dreams for us? For me, those twin disciplines have been indispensable. Through them, the Lord has–time and time again–enabled me to see what…

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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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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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