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Category Archives: church

Prepared to Worship

I have gone to a lot of church services in my lifetime. And if I had to try to guess which passage from Scripture I had heard more than any … Continue reading

March 20, 2012 · 21 Comments

Legacy

Everyone wants to leave a legacy. Everyone wants to be remembered for something, and to leave something in the hands of those who come after them. Teddy Roosevelt used the … Continue reading

March 16, 2012 · 17 Comments

Three Women

When I was writing yesterday’s post on coming undone I could not help but think of the other similar stories in the New Testament of women anointing Jesus. All four Gospels give … Continue reading

March 13, 2012 · 7 Comments

Cosmic Calling

In this 12-minute screencast I share a model for seeing and understanding all that takes place in the world, both seen and unseen, and how we all fit into the … Continue reading

March 6, 2012 · 12 Comments

The Word

Painted by Akiane Kramarik at age 8. Learn more and view her gallery at akiane.com The Word in the word There are three passages in the Gospel of John that … Continue reading

March 5, 2012 · 34 Comments

Crushed

There is a good bit of repetition in the gospels, stories that are told more than once. This is especially true in the Synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke). There … Continue reading

March 1, 2012 · 15 Comments

Bible Contradictions

The folks at Project Reason have created the striking poster above as a visual for what they claim are 439 contradictions found in the bible. The full poster can be downloaded free … Continue reading

February 24, 2012 · 25 Comments

The Spirit of the Sword

My spiritual life use to look a lot like Woodstock. You know, lots of peace, love, and good music. Eventually I figured out that I have an enemy. My enemy … Continue reading

February 23, 2012 · 11 Comments

As You Go

When we read about the healing of the lame man in Acts 3 we tend to compare Peter and John’s journey to the Temple for the third hour of prayer … Continue reading

February 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

Mirrors

A Twitter friend of mine who pastors in Germany, Phillip Burton (@ktownpastor), sent out this tweet yesterday that got me thinking: It’s always interesting to me how #God seems to #call us … Continue reading

February 21, 2012 · 15 Comments

Altar-ing

One of my favorite definitions of worship comes from the famous Hasidic Jewish Rabbi, philosopher, and mystic, Abraham Joshua Heschel. He defined it this way: Worship is a way of … Continue reading

February 20, 2012 · 18 Comments

Givers and Takers

Israel wanted a king. They wanted an earthly ruler so that they might be like the other nations. God knew that Israel would ask for a king (see Deut. 17:14-20), … Continue reading

February 14, 2012 · 5 Comments

Perspective

This is a moving story about Ed Dobson, the former prominent Evangelical pastor who was diagnosed with ALS eleven years ago. You can read the rest of the story HERE.

February 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

Philemon

I joined Twitter in 2007. It wasn’t very large yet, at least in terms of users, but it was creating a buzz. I did not really know what to do … Continue reading

February 4, 2012 · 16 Comments

Reconciliation

By the time we get to Matthew 5:20 we are not that far into Jesus’ sermon. Yet, it seems he has already turned our world upside down. He has instructed … Continue reading

February 3, 2012 · 5 Comments

One Another

In the New Testament the Greek word for ‘one another’ is allelon (this word was first highlighted to me by these folks). It was repeatedly used in the epistles for teaching … Continue reading

February 2, 2012 · 6 Comments

Place

In Scripture, particularly the Old Testament, the theme of land is prominent. This might be surprising at first glance, especially in a day where booming urban centers remind us that … Continue reading

January 24, 2012 · 3 Comments