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

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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Into the tempest…

In the Bible, there are times when a “strong wind” from God starts to blow and sweeps people up into the Divine Purpose.  Jesus said that “The Pneuma (wind, breath, spirit) blows where it pleases, you hear its sound but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it…

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When your grandfather’s name is Zadok

Matthew’s gospel opens innocently enough: “1A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham: 2Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, 3Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was…

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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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