Good Friday :: The Unbreakable Music

  “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures…” So said the Apostle Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians. Scholars note that specific word choice used by Paul is technical in nature. “Received”…

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We Can Do Better Than “Loving Liturgy”

I grew up in an almost totally non-liturgical family and church tradition. “Non-denominational charismatic” is how I’ve often described by background to people who ask. My parents and most of their friends had been mainliners and/or Catholics with a marginal faith before they encountered God in the person of the…

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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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Ask Eugene Peterson a Question!!

Ok friends, here’s a sweet opportunity for you. In two weeks, me and a few friends are heading out to friggin Eugene Peterson’s house (if you don’t know who Eugene Peterson is, he’s the guy that wrote The Message Bible and like a bazillion other amazing books including the popular Christ Plays in…

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Monday Morning – For Preachers

Typically (since our gatherings at Bloom are in the evenings) on Sunday afternoon, after all my preaching preparation is done, I’ll try to grab one final hour alone to process through what’s about to happen, wrestle with the text a bit more, pray, etc etc.  Those are good, centering hours….

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Why I’m Part of the Denver Institute for Faith and Work

Last year, through a mutual contact, I had the good privilege of meeting Jeff Haanen.  Jeff is a high energy fella with great passion for God, great passion for Denver, and great passion for how God intends to work through his people to bring about healing and cultural renewal to…

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