It takes a village

In recent weeks, God has been seen in public or at least those who claim to represent the deity.  And there is this debate as to whether or not the name of God should be invoked at all.  With the needs of people politicized, it is hard to know when to speak for or against […]

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Who is my neighbor?

The early Church shared all things in common; but, the Church in North America remains stingy and divided, only willing to see our differences (Acts 2.44).  One community: in Christ.  One confession: “One Lord, one faith, one baptism” (Ephesians 4.5).  Still, the divisions seem to intensify as the Bible is politicized and the people we […]

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Hello Racism!

Race and its progeny, prejudice, racism and stereotypes, are the elephants on our pew.  It’s a jungle in here on Sunday mornings and more than a tight squeeze as we attempt to lift our hands in worship, to fold our hands in prayer, to grab the hand of our neighbor in fellowship.  Let’s be honest.  […]

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Books that build community

What’s on your summer reading list? Along with sunscreen and shades, what do you have packed in your beach bag? While the summer allows us to take a break, it can also provide the necessary time and space to strengthen areas of our faith, namely the practice of Christian community. An outgrowth of hospitality, Christian […]

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The Empowering Christ

“Take up your bed and walk” (John 5.8).  “Do you want to be made whole” (John 5.6)?  “Where are your accusers” (John 8.10)?  Jesus demonstrates time and again that our faith is to be engaged, pondered, questioned. Jesus requires buy in.  We are not simply called to follow his instructions, and this is not discipleship […]

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The Perfect Church?

Nobody’s perfect.  No church, no body of believers is perfect.  “How good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity” but also, how hard (Psalm 133.1).  The church has never been picture perfect; there has always been a problem getting all believers in the same room for a single shot or […]

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How Christ builds community

“Life in community is no less than a necessity for us— it is an inescapable ‘must’ that determines everything we do and think. Yet it is not our good intentions or efforts that have been decisive in our choosing this way of life. Rather, we have been overwhelmed by a certainty— a certainty that has […]

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