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With God in the Dark

I’m a disciple of Jesus who gets to spend every day doing ministry, and I know how blessed I am to have this kind of life.  Truthfully, every Christian, every disciple of Jesus gets to minister within their own sphere … Continue reading

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Lent and Liberty

Having grown up in the Church of Christ but having a lot of Catholic friends, I knew a little about Lent and Ash Wednesday, but I never practiced such things.  Those things were, in the terminology of my spiritual teachers … Continue reading

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Rejoice! The Christ Has Come!

(Almost) everyone loves babies–especially if we don’t have to change the diapers, get up for 3:00am feedings, or listen to the crying that sometimes comes with little ones who can’t talk yet. I know I love carrying other people’s babies … Continue reading

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Nothing but Leaves

My wife and I have three kids between the ages of five and eight, which means life is never dull around our house. With kids you get questions. Lots and lots of questions. Some of the questions we get a … Continue reading

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Lent on Loan

Since I grew up in Churches of Christ, which historically do not observe the “liturgical seasons,” I never formally practiced Lent.  I didn’t even know what it was for years.  Sure, I had plenty of Catholic friends who practiced things … Continue reading

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Jesus & Unthrown Stones

University of Missouri football star Michael Sam has been all over the news the last week or so, but it isn’t simply because he’s a really good football player.  It’s because of his announcement to the world that he’s a … Continue reading

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An old–but still relevant–sermon for MLK Jr. Day

Hello!  What follows is a sermon I preached five years ago about God’s dream for a nonsegregated church.  While preparing for this coming Sunday’s sermon, I ran across this one and thought I’d share it here.  God bless…. I Have … Continue reading

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My Favorite Bible Story ?

It seems like every few weeks when I’m teaching a class or preaching a sermon I’ll say something like, “this has got to be one of my favorite stories in the Bible.”  And it’s always true every time I say … Continue reading

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Give Me Something to Hear

As I write this I should be working on my Easter sermon instead, but I’m stuck.  I mean, what should a preacher preach on Easter?  The Resurrection, right?  Sure, that’s a no-brainer.  But what about the Resurrection needs to be … Continue reading

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Listening for Laughter

I’m the kind of guy who likes depth and meat and serious things.  I’ve often found myself rolling my eyes (at least mentally) at what I would call “fluff” masquerading as theology.  You know, the touchy-feely, warm and fuzzy, oh-so-cute … Continue reading

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