Words matter.

In just my relatively short time serving God’s people, I’ve grown weary of some of the language and categories that often times get used merely out of habit (or it’s just the inherited way people have always talked about things). Many times it is because of the burden that this language can produce, as opposed […]

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Becoming More Christlike Than American: Part 6

Part 6: Spiritual family “So guard yourselves and God’s people. Feed and shepherd God’s flock…You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:28,35 NLT If you’ve never read Acts 20, or haven’t in a while, first go read it – especially the very end. […]

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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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