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

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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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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