Top Reads of 2018

Well, well. Here we are at the end of another year, and one of the things I love to do this time of year is look back over what I’ve read, trying to take stock of what has had the biggest influence on my mind over the past 12 months….

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Keeping the Creative Soul Pure

My friend and colleague Dr. Pete Sanchez invited me this past weekend to give a handful of talks to our New Life Worship department at their fall retreat in lovely Buena Vista. (Props to the Frontier Ranch folks. Love that place.) The theme of the talks was “Beauty, Worship, and…

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Reading Habits

(This is a post probably most relevant to those who preach and teach in the church, but I think it likely that others will benefit as well.) I’m often asked by people what I’m reading. It’s a hard question to answer, not because I don’t know what I’m reading (obviously),…

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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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My Favorite Books of 2017

I have a reputation for reading a lot. Always have. The funny thing is, I never feel like I read a lot, or enough. And that’s probably where all the reading comes from–the exquisite thrill of having a new experience, coming by new knowledge, seeing the world in a new…

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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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“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 God of My Depths

Anyone who knows me well knows that I am an emotionally complex guy. (My wife will be the first to testify.) I can vacillate wildly between hope and despair, joy and sadness, love and seeming apathy. It frustrates me sometimes, because “hope, joy, and love” are where I’d prefer to…

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