Prayer, Miracles and the World We Really Live In

I remember the day it really “clicked” for me. My Greek professor had just finished up his lesson for the day, and, as was his habit, to conclude our time together he asked if there were any prayer requests. A few hands went up. One of the requests went something…

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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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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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Entering the Heart of God in Prayer

One of the saddest things I routinely encounter as a pastor is the reality that most people’s prayer lives hover somewhere between barely-hanging-on and utterly non-existent. That is sad because God desires more for us, and that “more” can and will satisfy us. The prophet Isaiah said that the redeemed…

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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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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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The Rule of Life

American Christians are a funny group.  We declare loudly that Jesus was (and is) a huge opponent of organized religion, that in fact one of the reasons he came was to deliver us from religion… …and then we keep showing up to worship on Sundays. And somehow we fail to see…

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An Ascetics of Love

Few things are more awe-inspiring than witnessing human beings in full possession of their craft.  A classically trained pianist, fingers flying across the keys… a professional athlete, effortlessly combining strength, speed, power, and balance… a public speaker, drawing the audience into an idea, taking them to places mentally and emotionally…

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A New Center

With some of the fasting I’ve done this Lent (and in the previous few months), one of the things I’ve noticed is that, as my appetites quiet, my heart becomes lively, joyful, and far more attentive and aware to what’s happening around me (as opposed to my more or less…

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Tips for Fasting, in Light of Lent

I’m doing a bit of fasting during Lent, along with several other Bloomers.  I am very much looking forward to what will occur in me (and us) through it. Now fasting went on the shelf for me for a good long while.  Was great at it in my teens and…

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