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

We Can Do Better Than “Loving Liturgy”

I grew up in an almost totally non-liturgical family and church tradition. “Non-denominational charismatic” is how I’ve often described by background to people who ask. My parents and most of their friends had been mainliners and/or Catholics with a marginal faith before they encountered God in the person of the…

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(Mis)Reading C. S. Lewis

Ol’ Clive Staples has always been one of my favorite authors. From the time I first stumbled across a tattered copy of Mere Christianity among my parents’ library in high school, straight through college and seminary, and right up to today, I have always found Lewis to be bold, challenging, inspiring, and…

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Forgiveness and the Risen, Wounded One

“On the evening of that first day of the week,” John says, “when the disciples were together with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!’ ” John goes on to say that, “After he said this, he…

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“Only Where Graves Are” ebook available next week

Hey friends – I’m super excited to let you know about a project I’ve been working on for Lent this year. I’ve been talking for years about doing more substantive writing, and several months ago I decided that now was the time. I wanted to work on a project that would…

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It is not the healthy who need a doctor…

“It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Mk 2:17) It has been commonplace in our culture now for years to insist that we human beings are okay, just as we are. As is…

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When it comes crashing down…

Sometimes, it all comes crashing down. When it does, we can perhaps take solace knowing that it’s happened before, to people in our family better than us (and worse), with more (and less) on the line. The family of faith knows about loss and grief. The Psalmist, after extolling the…

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How Not to Lose Your Soul Over the Holidays

A couple years back, out of a sincere desire that the people I have the privilege of pastoring would not lose their soul and everything they’ve worked so hard for during the past year over the holidays, I decided to put together something of a “survival guide for the holidays.”…

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