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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

Spoken Word

I took the red pill yesterday, and God showed me how deep in my heart the rabbit-hole goes. It started with what seemed like a pretty simple question, Am I … Continue reading

March 19, 2012 · 18 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

Unknown

There are times when we feel like we have to know. Times when not knowing seems as if it might drive us to the edge of sanity. Times when questions burn … Continue reading

March 9, 2012 · 44 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

Evidence

I grew up in a Pentecostal tradition that places a fairly strong emphasis on the belief that speaking in tongues is the initial evidence of being baptized in the Holy … Continue reading

February 28, 2012 · 16 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

The Humble Path

A friend of mine, Gary Ray, posted a handy piece on humility on his blog and it got me thinking about the subject. I have had the opportunity to facilitate … Continue reading

February 13, 2012 · 23 Comments

The Blue Man

I have a confession to make. I have always struggled with the concept of the Holy Spirit. That might not sound like a big deal, but it seems pretty significant … Continue reading

February 10, 2012 · 13 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