theology Category

Resting and Relentless?

Is it possible to rest and be relentless at the same time? A couple months ago I added a discipline to my study of Scripture. I started reading a Psalm each day from this great little Psalms reader. A few days ago I was reading Psalm 69 and I was struck by a couple of […]

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The Hardest Task

Hoping for others is hard, but not the hardest. Praying for others is hard, but not the hardest. The hardest task for people who believe in the second coming of Jesus Christ is in “living the sort of life that makes people say, ‘Ah, so that’s how people are going to live when righteousness takes […]

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What Diet and Exercise are Teaching Me About Discipleship

I don’t know about you, but in times past I have made attempts to get “healthier”, but I tended to focus on either diet or exercise. Though intellectually I knew that I was supposed to do BOTH, I for some reason chose one to the neglect of the other. What is probably no surprise to […]

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Why Sunday Morning Matters

Have you ever wondered why you should go to church? The fact is lots and lots of people are asking that question and opting to not participate – and I’m not talking about those who are not Christians. I’m talking about Christians. Nationwide, even in growing churches, people are attending church less and less. Now […]

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A Song for Thanksgiving

On this Thanksgiving day may I suggest taking 7 1/2 minutes to listen to this song? May you be encouraged by it’s perspective.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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Will You Allow Jesus to Minister to You?

I find that so much of church teaching (of which I can be part of the problem) easily drifts toward what we can “do” for Jesus. We make declarations about how we are going to live “for” Jesus. That’s all well and good if it flows from a position of being “in” Christ. It has […]

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The Message Most of Us Think We Don’t Need to Hear (including myself)

As a pastor I’ve had people come to me to confess that they struggle with almost every kind of sin. Almost. I cannot recall anyone ever coming to me and saying, “I spend too much money on myself. I think my greedy lust for money is harming my family, my soul, and people around me.” […]

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The Lie of Possibility or Why We Like to Bury Our Talent

I like to live in the realm of possibility. I like having some future endeavor I am considering. I like communicating to people what that might be.  That’s not necessarily a bad thing.  But sometimes it’s about POSSIBILITY CAPITAL. Here’s what I mean by possibility capital. Capital can be defined as wealth in the form of […]

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Our World is Amazing

As I sit here, getting ready to fly home from Ohio, I am overlooking acre upon acre of farm land. Soy beans and corn have sprouted from seeds that were put into the ground some months ago. Now the land is filled and the harvest will happen soon. Amazing.  Yesterday we spent time, how all summers […]

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Lay Me Down

I suppose you could lay me down to die in IllinoisBury me beneath the rows of cornOr in-between the maple trees I climbed on as a boyWhere in the Land of Lincoln I was born Oh, and I recallWe rode the combines in the fallAnd there comes a time For gathering the harvest after all So […]

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