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

Wendell Berry on Sexual ‘Freedom’

At Bloom this weekend I’m preaching on Mt 5:27ff., Jesus’ classic teaching on the disordered desire of the heart for the sexual “other” that lies at the heart of adultery…  Truthfully, I’m feeling a little overwhelmed by the task (I just finished reading Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the…

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The Crisis of “Relevance”

I have never met anyone from this group.  I know nothing about them, but this picture to me said it all.  “Judaism your way.”  My first reaction was, “Really?”  My second reaction was, “But that’s exactly what Judaism is not, right?”  My third reaction was, “Crud, if the crisis of…

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Sometimes I feel like a rumor

In one particularly memorable passage, Jesus compared the Pharisees to “unmarked graves, which people walk over without knowing it.”  Or in another place he said, “You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean.”  That…

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Naming the way we’re visible: The Beatitudes

Well, our Sermon on the Mount series began last night at Bloom (the podcast should be up either later today or sometime tomorrow, so those of you that are interested can head over there to give it a listen), and after wrestling with the text for a week, here’s basically…

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Wrestling with the Beatitudes

Well, the long-awaited Sermon on the Mount series begins tomorrow night at Bloom, and I’m still in thick of wrestling with those beautiful and cryptic opening verses – the so-called “Beatitudes.” 1Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to…

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Miracles?

This past Sunday at Bloom, working as we are through the book of Matthew, we ran into this text: 23Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. 24News about him spread all over Syria,…

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Waiting on the kingdom…

The writer of Hebrews says, “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us worship God acceptably…” (12:28), making clear that the kingdom is not something that we build, bring, or “establish”.  Rather, it is given, received, and welcomed.  It is God’s gift to a hurting…

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Thankful

1 When you have entered the land the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance and have taken possession of it and settled in it, 2 take some of the firstfruits of all that you produce from the soil of the land the LORD your God is giving…

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A thought or two about Anne Rice

This past week, novelist Anne Rice decided to quit Christianity.  Rice, author of the best-selling Interview with a Vampire, along with several recent works which took a decidedly religious tone (Songs of the Seraphim and Christ the Lord), is stepping off.  Not on Jesus, mind you; but on the organized…

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Holy crud! Is July REALLY almost over??

It’s a lovely Tuesday morning here in Denver … cool and overcast.  A welcome relief from the near-100 degree temperatures we’ve consistently had around here.  We’ll take it!  (Especially since we don’t have AC in our house.  Yikes!) Anyway, the Arndt family has had a busy 4 week run (two…

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