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

Bloom … The Last Couple Weeks and the Days Ahead

Man, it has been a marvelous few weeks at Bloom … it’s been fun to get a little preaching break and honestly, I don’t think Bloom could have had better “guest” speakers during that break 3 weekends ago Michael’s dad Pastor Ed Gungor came and shared on loving people we…

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Be nice, for God’s sake!

Sometimes I fear that the advent of social networking (Twit, FB) and new media (blogging, etc) is making us less civil as a species (the species I refer to us genus Christianus).  And this is sad, because Christians have a long history of harnessing new technologies for good purposes.  We…

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Inside-out living

Well, the Arndt family is back in the saddle in CO after a really delightful week up in Wisconsin … now we’re ENORMOUS Colorado fans but I have to say that there is quite simply no finer place on earth during the month of June than Wisconsin.  Green like you…

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Things I’m thinking about this Monday morning…

Does your head get cluttered?  Man, mine is a mess half the time.  And especially so after Sunday night church.  I feel like a bomb goes off in my brain and I have to spend the next 48 hours cleaning up the wreckage. With that in mind, here are some…

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From Adam’s kids to God’s sons: living “out of control”

I’m not really an angry person.  But occasionally I get upset about things.  Not upset enough to do anything drastic (the proverbial “going postal” has never been a serious temptation ;-), but upset enough to have it affect my mind and heart and skew my judgments about things; upset enough…

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A Sabbath Prayer

I love to pray.  I hope you do too.  One of the great joys of my life has been discovering the rich tradition of praying written prayers.  Like good worship songs, written prayers open up our imaginations and help us lift our heart to God in choice, meaningful ways. Today…

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Why ‘Lost’ didn’t do it for me…

Okay, so I’ve voiced my displeasure at the ending of ABC’s ‘Lost’ on more than one occasion since Sunday.  My complaints have ranged from “it didn’t tie up the loose ends” to “it defied the nature of sci-fi” to “it was sloppy writing.”  In general I’ve found my gripes unsatisfying…

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Get over it people, the Gospel is absurd…

Some time ago, I preached a message in which I suggested that Jesus’ command to love your enemies and do good to those that hate you might have an application beyond the merely “private” sphere of interpersonal relationships.  I used a word in that message that I probably should not…

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For my preacher friends

Undeniably, we live in the era of celebrity preachers.  To the extent that human beings LOVE to put other human beings on a pedestal, this has always been the case.  The Church has celebrated it’s great preachers and teachers throughout it’s history.  Sometimes rightfully.  Sometimes over-much. Yet celebrity-ism in the…

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