Why Do we Weight Ourselves to Death?

We too often carry the weight of wounds inflicted too early in life to know how to properly cope with them. When we were wounded, something changed in us. We can’t always describe it, or even explain how we were affected. But it is there. As a pastor I have heard some of these stories […]

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Becoming More Christlike Than American: Part 3

Part 3: Communities of character “Do you think God wants us to obey you rather than him? We cannot stop telling about everything we have seen and heard…All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had.” Acts 4:19-20,32 […]

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Becoming More Christlike Than American: Part 1

Part 1: Questions about why “Why are you standing here staring into heaven?” Acts 1:11 NLT If you’ve read Acts 1, this is such a pointed and powerful question. [If you haven’t read Acts 1, go read it now] The disciples have just finished 40 days with the resurrected Jesus, which concludes with one “final” […]

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Gamaliel’s Wager: When you Risk Making God your Enemy

A Startling Realization Several years ago, I read the passage below and was startled by what it said. I had not considered the implications of it because I had not seen them before. I’ll explain more as we go. But first let me set the stage for what is going on. The story begins with […]

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An Ancient Vision for a Present Need

Psalm 133KJV 1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! 2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; 3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that […]

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When God Tells You to Hush

Some Context A couple of days ago, my oldest child and I went to worship with a friend of mine at the church he serves as Rector. He is a priest in the Anglican tradition. The liturgy for the service was The Great Vigil of Easter. (If you are interested in reading the liturgy for […]

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