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2 Kinds of Christians

I’ve been a pastor for about 10 years now.  In that short (albeit eventful) decade, I’ve decided that for the most part, Christians in our churches can be divided into two basic groups: those who think their faith is central … Continue reading

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Blood, Work, and Wonder

To be human is to wonder.   Whether it was the primitive people who first squinted up toward the heavens or today’s scientist who opens the roof of the observatory, humans have been enraptured by the question of our own existence.  It is no … Continue reading

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Eyes Wide Open

Mark 8:22–26 has always been a troubling passage for me.  In this story, Jesus heals a blind man—business as usual, right?  Well, except for the fact that he appears to botch his first attempt at healing him: After spitting on … Continue reading

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Adoption update

It’s been over 2 years since I last wrote an adoption update (or written a blog, for that matter), so I thought it was probably about time.  Sadly, today I don’t have a much better idea of when this adoption … Continue reading

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Adoption update

Friends, It’s been far too long since we’ve said anything (at least online) about the progress of our adoption.  We have much to be thankful for.  Let me briefly update you so you can continue to rejoice with us and … Continue reading

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Ready…set…ADOPT!

Learn to do good.  Seek justice.  Help the oppressed.  Defend the cause of orphans.  Fight for the rights of widows.  Isaiah 1:17 Dear friends and family, We have some exciting news: we are going to welcome our second child into … Continue reading

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Collect for Ash Wednesday

Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain … Continue reading

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Zambia 2012

Though the wrong seems oft so strong God is the ruler yet.

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Spiritual Disciplines for the Worship leader

Worship leaders often make their living on stage in front of hundreds of people.  In my opinion, this may very well be a disadvantage in our spiritual formation.  Our faith is one with a cross in the middle of it … Continue reading

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A Worship Leader’s letter to his congregation

Dear church family, Most of you know that I lead the singing at Church.  Often, we refer to this act as “worship.”  It’s sort of an unfortunate thing that this word has become so closely associated with the songs we … Continue reading

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