No enemy lines

I hate you.  Three words that we do not expect to hear from a Christian and certainly not from the pulpit.  This is why we use other words to cover them up.  Because it doesn’t sound good.  And it’s not a good look for those who would profess to be in relationship with the God […]

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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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