Category Archives: Church

How to Overcome

Jesus dictated words to seven ancient churches through John in the book of Revelation.  Each dictation, “to the angel of the church in…,” begins with the phrase “These are the words of…”, describes commendations and warnings for the church, and ends … Continue reading

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Truth for Monday through Saturday

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How much of what we learn at church on Sunday morning makes it into our lives Monday through Saturday? I attend church, of course, sing songs of worship, diligently take notes on a usually excellent teaching, and visit with fellow attenders.  As it should … Continue reading

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When God Blows It Away

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“What you brought home, I blew away.”  Any guesses as to where that verse is in the Bible?  (Keep reading:) One appealing aspect of Community Bible Study is the thoroughness of the Biblical texts that we study. When we’re going through a course, I teach … Continue reading

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Who is Well Represented in your Church?

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What are the odds that two bikers traveling east on a bike path will pass two bikers heading west at the exact moment that they both intersect with two walkers? Because I can find a spiritual application in just about anything, that and several similar scenarios during … Continue reading

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Mixed Leadership Metaphors

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Does a school of fish have a leader?  Not really.  How do its members collectively determine the timing and destinations of their movements?  According to Wikipedia, “A recent investigation showed that small groups of fish used consensus decision-making…The fish did this by … Continue reading

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Shock Value: A Communications Tip from Jesus

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Jesus was a master communicator and a highly influential figure.  One of his favorite techniques was unpredictability; it got attention, incited questions, challenged prevailing interpretations of Scripture and invited conversations. Unpredictably… Gabriel visited a teenager and announced, Mary, you’re going to give birth to the Son … Continue reading

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Time for Faith and Faith for Time

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What is your most valuable resource?  We usually think of value, resources and wealth in material or financial terms.  In my last post I proposed that Christians need not live with a scarcity mentality, for God’s resources are abundant and unlimited.  … Continue reading

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An Argument for an Attitude of Abundance

What happens when resources become scarce?  Human nature displays its dark side of greed, self-protection, oppression and hoarding.  Those who have been blessed with resources naturally act to protect and enlarge their financial positions and preserve their power.  Therefore, the rich and powerful tend … Continue reading

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Is “Church Service” a Noun or a Verb Phrase?

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Christians, myself included, regularly use words and phrases like church, service, follower of Jesus Christ, shepherd, humility, community and surrender.  Yet, the words, phrases and values that actually animate our (my) behavior are very different.  I observe, and am challenged by, a disconnect between … Continue reading

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Higher Education: Learning as Preparation for Living

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Pomp and Circumstance must reverberate through the atmosphere at this time of year.  Graduates of higher education have received their expensive diplomas declaring them ready for real life and productive work.  An education is preparation for life and for work. The Church is also engaged in … Continue reading

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