Category Archives: Jesus

How Does Christmas Come About?

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It’s almost Christmas.  Are you ready? Will you be ready?  I’m not ready…yet. Christmas will come about, like it always does, and I will be ready, like I always am.  However, not without some chaos and confusion.  Every year I determine … Continue reading

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Whispers from Beyond this World

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Every once-in-a-while I have a momentary awareness of unseen but very real spiritual activity.  It usually happens at night.  Last night, after pleasant patio dinner with all of our children and our one (napless and rather bleary-eyed) three-year-old grandson I couldn’t get to sleep.  For no good … 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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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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Adventure Awaits

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The following post was written by my son, Brian.  I hope you enjoy the connections he’s made between The Lord of the Rings and the gospel followed up by a challenge to adventure. The Lord of the Rings has always been one of my favorite … Continue reading

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The Faith Factor

Is faith a factor in your decision making? Most of us don’t literally step into thin air like Indiana Jones did, but we exercise very real faith every day.  An interesting question to ask ourselves is, in what or whom have we placed our faith?  We believe … Continue reading

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Who’s Your Boss?

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Most of us work for someone and for something.  We work for corporations, school districts, small businesses, hospitals or ourselves.   Quite logically we work for money so that we can support ourselves and our families.  Perfectly appropriate. But there’s more. Ultimately, we all … Continue reading

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When God Contradicts Himself

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Let’s face it.  There are aspects of God’s Word that are very confusing.  Some passages are just plain weird and others seem contradictory.  For those of us who believe that the Bible is God’s inerrant word in the original manuscripts … 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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