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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

Lower

I want to say this up front. I am challenged by what follows. In fact, I don’t really like today’s post. As I contemplate it I have a lot of … Continue reading

March 15, 2012 · 27 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

God’s Friends

Over the course of my lifetime some much needed teaching on intimacy with God has been produced. One of the reasons so much has been written on the subject is … Continue reading

March 2, 2012 · 15 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

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

Now Apply It

Jesus was the finest teacher to ever walk the earth. He was profound. He was paradoxical. He spoke with authority. But one thing that often gets overlooked is that He … Continue reading

February 15, 2012 · 2 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

Gratitude

In the New Testament we are told that on at least two occasions Jesus fed a multitude of hungry people with only a tiny bit of bread and fish. As … Continue reading

February 8, 2012 · Leave a comment

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

Prolepsis (A Word for the Weary)

Prolepsis is a literary term that refers to flash forwards, foreshadowing, and/or anticipation in a story. In terms of our walk with God, prolepsis is a future event that impacts our present … Continue reading

February 1, 2012 · Leave a comment

Kingdom Steps

For nearly two thousand years the Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew has captivated the hearts, minds, and imaginations of Christ followers everywhere. It has been affectionately referred to as “Jesus’ Manifesto” and … Continue reading

January 27, 2012 · 2 Comments

Salt & Light

Imagine what it might have been like to be on the side of the mountain that day, listening to Jesus as he declared the truth about the nature of the … Continue reading

January 26, 2012 · 1 Comment

Out of Sync

Have you ever felt like you were out of sync with God? Ecclesiastes 3:1 states, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” … Continue reading

January 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

Anger

I’ve been reading a little bit on anger lately (things like this and this). And it has me thinking about how the issue is addressed in scripture. Lets start with … Continue reading

January 11, 2012 · 4 Comments