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

Time for Love

Paul claimed that the core Christian virtue – Love – is, among other things, “patient” (1 Co 13:4).  Embedded as it is in the middle of the poetic and perhaps all-too-familiar “love chapter”, we seldom reflect on the relationship between patience and love; how in fact love is “patient” and,…

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Egomania

I’ve been in the church long enough to know that pastors are not always all that they’re cracked up to be; that the divergence between what you see publicly and what goes on behind the scenes is often fairly severe.  Still, I get really disappointed. I recently heard a story…

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“Soul-Force”

This spring and summer at Bloom we’ll be working through a series on the Sermon on the Mount.  I absolutely can’t wait to get started.  I think the Sermon on the Mount, in one way or another, basically says it all about how God’s people are to embody their “difference”…

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The Dark Side of Palm Sunday … Why We (Always) Kill Him

It is a matter of fairly firm historical record that Jesus… Was born in the 1st century to a rather inconspicuous family in Nazareth of Galilee Launched a public ministry some time in his late 20’s or early 30’s which immediately generated controversy Was crucified around Passover as something of…

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John Paul II on Love and Discipleship

As a born-and-raised evangelical, my tradition taught me to be a bit suspicious of “them Catholics” out there.  Spooky people, you know?  Believing in weird things like Mary-worship and cannibalism, they were best to be thought of as second-class Christians and perhaps people to be avoided.  Same God?  Maybe.  Same…

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The Giving God

Tomorrow I’ll be preaching the 8th (8th!) message in our series on spiritual practices at Bloom called “Spiritual Architecture” … (I wonder if people are going to start getting bored of this stuff … maybe they already are … ha!) The practice we’ll be covering tomorrow is Servanthood.  The text…

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Into the Light…

Joe (not his real name) and I were in a guy’s accountability group back in the day.  The purpose of the group was simple: celebrate life’s victory’s, share life’s pains, bear life’s burdens.  Not too complicated. Joe was a bit older than me, a seasoned “vet” as a Christian, but…

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Embracing darkness…

At Bloom, we’re participating in Lent.  And now that we’re more than two weeks into it, for a lot of us, this whole thing is starting to HURT a little…  Craving the food we decided to give up, wishing the commitments we made weren’t quite so ambitious, looking for loopholes…

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Welcome!

Hey reader – Not long ago I was doing coffee with a friend who blogs regularly.  After asking her whether she planned to write a book someday she replied, rather hum-drumily: “Meh, not really.  If I can blog I don’t really feel like I need to,” later adding, “You should…

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