Category Archives: Church

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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One Faith; Different Vocabularies

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Every Christian should be able to state the foundational truth of his or her faith in Jesus Christ and an experiential reality of living as his disciple. But we will not all use the same vocabulary. In some Christian denominations … Continue reading

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Every Christian has Charisma

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Charisma, Greek for gift or favor, has a slightly different meaning in English.  A person with charisma displays magnetic charm and/or a persuasive personality. We recognize human charisma when we see it.  If you are a Christian, you have super-human charisma.  Do others see it? … Continue reading

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