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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Where do I plant my feet when the ground is shaky?

“Therefore, brothers and sisters, holy partners in a heavenly calling, consider that Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, 2was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses also “was faithful in all God’s house.” 3Yet Jesus is worthy of more glory than Moses, just as the builder of a house […]

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Lost during Lent: When you feel like the Lord is not your shepherd

Psalm 23 is quite possibly the most popular song in the entire Old Testament hymnal. It is the most requested at funerals, the most recited in times of despair and in thanksgiving. Children and elders alike know it by heart: “The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want.” Even non- Christians and unbelievers are […]

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During this season of Lent, keep it moving

Psalm 121 is a part of collection of fifteen psalms, known as the Song of Ascents or Songs of Steps. They are an album, a playlist of sorts for the children of Israel whom scholars think are on the road to Jerusalem and on their way to the pilgrim festivals (cf. Deuteronomy 16.16). Upbeat and […]

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I give up American politics for Lent or maybe longer

I don’t want to hear another campaign speech or debate, not another promise or plan.  I don’t want to hear about the issues that Americans are most concerned about.  I don’t want to know how much money they have raised.  I don’t want to know which states they carried or of those who need to […]

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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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Letting down our defenses

This morning, I led a conversation on the fights that form us as Christians– red versus blue carpet, choir versus praise team, contemporary music versus hymns, offering plate versus Apple pay, suits versus skinny jeans and a t- shirt, 8 a.m. versus 11 a.m. service.  You know, deeply transformative wars for righteousness.  And these fights […]

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