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Category Archives: vision

The Big Idea: Part Two (Genesis 2)

  This is a six part series covering the first three chapters of Genesis and the last three chapter of Revelation. These posts are not intended to be full commentary … Continue reading

January 31, 2012 · 4 Comments

The Big Idea: Part One (Genesis 1)

  This is a six part series covering the first three chapters of Genesis and the last three chapter of Revelation. These posts are not intended to be full commentary … Continue reading

January 30, 2012 · 4 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

God is Chatty

For most of my life I envisioned God as being secretive, especially God the Father. I pictured him like a kind of distant dad who sits on his throne and watches … Continue reading

January 25, 2012 · 2 Comments


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

Keep up the Good Work

There is something mysterious and awesome about the account of creation found in Genesis. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and … Continue reading

January 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Today We Fight

Learning to fight is just as important for girls as it is boys, but I suspect this issue is particularly important for men at this point in our culture. I … Continue reading

January 19, 2012 · Leave a comment


It is a strange and sordid tale, which is precisely why it grabs my attention. It takes place in the messy context of tragedy and redemption, which is precisely what … Continue reading

January 17, 2012 · Leave a comment

Dangerous Prayers

Recently the Lord began to lay a burden on me for a certain group of people within several countries in a specific region in the world. As the pastor who … Continue reading

January 14, 2012 · 3 Comments

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

Some Assembly Required

Yesterday I wrote on teamwork, but if you read the article you know that was just a different way of saying that everyone needs to be a part of a … Continue reading

January 10, 2012 · 3 Comments

a jesus manifesto by leonard sweet & frank viola

I received this manifesto in my inbox the other day and thought I would post it here. Perhaps I will find the time to come back and share my thoughts … Continue reading

June 25, 2009 · 1 Comment

doing theology

Who does theology? In short, everyone does! And everyone is a theologian, even those who never realize it! Any thought that is related to the ultimate questions in life is … Continue reading

October 18, 2008 · 3 Comments

“hi, i’m a middle school teacher!”

Well, once I defended my dissertation a few weeks ago I slipped into a much-needed virtual-realm-lethargy! And man did it feel nice! I now have 500+ emails in my inbox, … Continue reading

September 29, 2008 · 9 Comments

Dr. Mary Ruth Stone…

…who serves as the International Coordinator for Women’s Ministries in the Church of God, shares a devotion on the real power position to take as we prepare for the International … Continue reading

July 24, 2008 · 4 Comments

children everywhere

As a child my favorite book was Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. The little boy in the book, Max, stages a small rebellion against his mother when … Continue reading

May 2, 2008 · 5 Comments

the ontological displacement of the church

Have you ever experienced the temporary suspension of being? If you’re a shy person, have you ever found yourself in a situation where a complex set of dynamics converged in … Continue reading

April 30, 2008 · 7 Comments