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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From Fixing to Following

There is a story told in the Sayings of the Desert Fathers. A group of old men came to see Abba Anthony, in the midst of whom was a man named Abba Joseph. Abba Anthony wanted to test them, so he suggested a text of Scripture and asked each one…

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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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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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