Hitching a ride to Calvary: Going Jesus’ way?

“Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.  For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.  For what will it profit them if they […]

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Life after Easter

“So. Jesus the Way, the ways of Jesus. He shows the way. He also is the way. He doesn’t point out the way and then step aside and let us get there our own as best we can. Jesus points out the way, but then he takes the initiative, inviting us to go with him, […]

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Race is not the way

“Once we start paying attention to Jesus’ way, it doesn’t take long for us to realize that following Jesus is radically different from following anyone else.” | Eugene Peterson, The Jesus Way The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. famously said, “The most segregated hour of Christian America is eleven o’clock on Sunday morning.”  We […]

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Saved Together

I am often discouraged by the nature of our fellowship, by the obvious hypocrisy of the Church in North America.  We claim to be the body of Christ while socially coloring in his hands and feet so that he is one of us– and not them.  Black Jesus.  White Christ.  Emmanuel, God is with us– and […]

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One in Christ Jesus

Pastor Bruce and I preached together.  It is only the second time that we have shared the message this way; the first was during a special service for graduates this past summer.  It was all his idea but I certainly saw the bigger picture yesterday.  We became one voice, one preacher.  Guided by Galatians 3.26-28, […]

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The Words That Use Us

“We cannot be too careful about the words we use; we start out using them and they end up using us.” These are the words of well- known pastor and translator of The Message, Rev. Eugene Peterson.  It is a fair warning though not considered frequently enough.  I use to pride myself on the number […]

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Leaving a Controlling Identity

“There’s a certain learned passivity about the spiritual life that is hard to program and hard to make popular. People who give leadership in spiritual direction, the good ones, that’s basically what they’re doing: they’re trying to train us and teach us how not to be in control of our lives; to enter into what […]

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