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

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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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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