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A Theology of Boredom

The prophet Elijah was fleeing for his life from a vicious queen Jezebel (who I always imagine to resemble Cruella Deville) after he righteously owned some prophets of the false god Baal in 1 Kings 18.  Scared for his life, … Continue reading

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My ongoing struggle with contemporary worship leading…

Every Sunday morning all throughout our country, thousands of twentysomething guitarists in thick rimmed glasses fashion their hair to look like they just got out of bed, slip into some skinny jeans, deliberately neglect to shave, strap on their Taylor … Continue reading

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Wesley’s Prayer of Surrender

I am no longer my own but yours. Your will, not mine, be done in all things, wherever you may place me, in all that I do and in all that I may endure; when there is work for me … Continue reading

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Some lunchtime thoughts.

If I were to attempt to understand the love of God, to first fathom the span of the universe would be a good first step. To acknowledge the difference between myself and an ant might be a good starting point.  But then … Continue reading

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That’s what Families Do.

When I was a kid, I remember getting so annoyed when my mom made me come in for supper.  I’d be right in the middle of playing with some friends, and here she’d come, telling me it’s time to eat.  … Continue reading

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So far I’ve discussed several women who, while they demonstrated considerable spiritual leadership and influence, came along before the establishment of the Church as we know it today.  That’s why I’m pleased to introduce you to Phoebe. The English Standard … Continue reading

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Women in ministry, part 3: the women at the tomb

This is the third installment of a series on women in ministry. Early every Sunday morning, men all across our country rise and go to work.  These men are pastors.  They come to their pulpits to present the good news … Continue reading

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Women in Ministry 2: Huldah

Have you ever heard of Huldah?  If not, don’t feel bad. Many haven’t heard of her.  I grew up in church and I don’t think I ever heard her mentioned once.  I don’t think I’ve mentioned her once in my … Continue reading

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Women in ministry 1: Deborah

Before we get started I need to make three things clear. First, some of you reading this might not understand what the big deal is.  The question of “women in ministry” may not even be a question in your mind, … Continue reading

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Are you disillusioned with your church?

Do the people at your church ever annoy you? Maybe it’s gone beyond annoyance.  Maybe you’ve been hurt by your local church. Perhaps it’s the leadership.  Maybe the pastor seems to be more interested in politics than he does the … Continue reading

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