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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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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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Parable of the Rich Fool

The parables of Jesus are tough.  Tough to interpret.  Tougher to apply.  And this Sunday (July 22, 2012) at East Point Church of Christ in Wichita, Kansas, we’ve got a hard one to hear.  It’s the familiar story Jesus tells … Continue reading

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Lord, if you had been here…

The title of this post comes from the lips of Martha and later from the lips of her sister Mary in John 11.  Independently of one another, these sisters both say, “Lord, if you had been here our brother would … Continue reading

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The Mission of God–Following the Father

Here are my sermon notes from last week sermon, the second in a series on “The Mission of God.”  If you ever want to hear the actual sermon, which deviates at multiple points from my notes, you can find it … Continue reading

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Lessons from Lilly’s Diary

Jesus loved to get a point across through telling stories.  We usually call them parables.  When I was a child, I was taught that a parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning.  I suppose that’s not such a … Continue reading

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Identify

The main point of the canonical gospel accounts (those of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) is to communicate that Jesus Christ is indeed God’s Son and our Savior.  Whether you are a Christian or not, if you have read the … Continue reading

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What Jesus Prays For You

I, like a lot of Christian teachers and preachers, talk a lot about what Jesus wants from us.  Our faith is built on sacrifice, so giving to God, our Christian family, and our neighbors is a theme that should be … Continue reading

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