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Living At Peace (A September 11th Reflection on Romans 12)

  I wrote this in 2013. I still speaks. ———————— There are any number of scriptures we Christians don’t take seriously, but maybe none are taken less seriously than Romans 12.18-20. Here, the apostle Paul instructs the church this way: “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with […]

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Getting Everything Out of Lent

This post is an annual repost that seeks to help people from non-liturgical traditions (like mine) understand and be blessed by the wonderful season of Lent which begins this Wednesday. Lent is also a great time to begin practicing spiritual disciplines as we’ve talked about here, here, here, and here. ============================================================== This past Sunday I […]

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On Angry Preachers & Angry Preaching

I’m growing evermore concerned about the debased preaching in many American churches. Here’s how it goes, preachers are talking about how sin “pisses off” God or that some people think Jesus “dressed like a fairy,” or that Jesus “wasn’t a wuss.” I’ve even heard one well-known pastor tell a story about dismissing a young man’s […]

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Is There Such A Thing As An All Powerful Pastor?

I’m sick of it! Permit me to rant for a moment! And if you’re a pastor/preacher/minister, you’re likely sick of it too. You’ve seen all the tweets and articles in magazines that act as if the pastor is a singular human in their organization, capable of creating and sustaining wonderful health and growth all by […]

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