Thinking out loud about theology, ministry, and life with Jesus

The Essential Church Podcast

So one of my favorite things about ministry over the years has been (and is) “talking shop.” I LOVE talking shop. Church, to me, is downright fun. The ongoing effort see the local church rise up in all that God desire it to be… the constant interplay, the back and…

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Crucifixion of the Warrior God (Post 1)

Pastor, scholar, and longtime evangelical provocateur Greg Boyd is out to correct what he calls a “lacuna” in the field of biblical interpretation, and that is this: how can we at once affirm the God-breathed and revelatory nature of the Old Testament text while also affirming that the God revealed…

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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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On the Life that is Stronger than Death :: Pentecost Sunday

“Son of man,” the Lord asked the prophet Ezekiel, many centuries ago, “Can these bones live?” These bones that represented the waste and devastation that had become Israel; Israel, that once proud people, the glory of the whole earth, the apple of Yahweh’s eye, now pining away in exile, full…

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