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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(Mis)Reading C. S. Lewis

Ol’ Clive Staples has always been one of my favorite authors. From the time I first stumbled across a tattered copy of Mere Christianity among my parents’ library in high school, straight through college and seminary, and right up to today, I have always found Lewis to be bold, challenging, inspiring, and…

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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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Recovering our Pentecostal Identity

This week we prepare our hearts for Pentecost Sunday–celebrating the Father’s gift to humanity of pure, “excessive,” boundless love in the Holy Spirit as recorded in Acts 2. As Paul says, “For God has poured his love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit…” Modern approaches to the Holy Spirit,…

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Saying “God is Maternal” with Fear and Trembling

There is an impulse in contemporary Christianity to broaden our view of God by incorporating (or drawing out) more maternal images and motifs into our imaginary of who God is and what He’s like. This impulse I find wholly commendable.  After all, while on balance the Scripture certainly tends to…

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A Maundy Thursday Reflection

“Maundy” Thursday.  So called because on this day the Church celebrates Jesus’ institution of the “new commandment” (“mandatum novum” in Latin) following his washing of the disciples’ feet.  The commandment is simple, poignant, and well-known: A new commandment I give to you: love one another.  Just as I have loved…

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