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  • Verbal Abuse in the Church

    Does unity in the church require ignoring verbal abuse from the pastor or other members? In the interest of unity, should we just suck it up when we experience a pattern of abusive behavior? That’s the question I’m living these days. I’ve just been “fired” from my volunteer leadership position at our church. The how…

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  • LIKE A GOOD SOLDIER

    Near the beginning of the war in Iraq, our friend, Jesse[1], was unexpectedly called up. A physician in his 50s and a member of the reserves for years, he certainly didn’t expect to see active duty. But there he was, living in a tent and eating dust, his medical practice on hold and his wife…

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  • HOW MUCH DO YOU LOVE ME?

    My four-year old grandson is experimenting with the concept of like and love. Out of the blue he’ll tell me where I fall in his hierarchy of affection. One day he’ll “like like” me. Another day he’ll love me, “but not as much as Mommy.” It’s almost as if he’s rolling the thoughts around in…

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  • Concern for Your Body, Christ’s Body

    Have you ever pondered this remarkable creation called your body? Throughout history, we humans have studied and tried to explain the dynamic capabilities of this instrument.  Consider how the bones, muscles, and tendons work together to produce strength and movement. Wonder at how the bone marrow, the red and white blood cells, and plasma sustain…

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  • HOW DO YOU HEAR GOD

    How do you hear God? For much of my Christian life, I felt defective because people would ask what I heard God saying in response to a problem or a prayer need. I didn’t “hear” anything, so assumed God didn’t love me. After all, He wasn’t “talking” to me. Imagine my relief when I finally…

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  • Confess Your Sins to One Another

    One of the most troubling and confusing chapters in Kingdom Now: Pursuing Unity in the Body of Christ to Change the World is Chapter 6, “Confess Your Sins to One Another.” Despite being perfectly biblical (see James 5:16), it befuddles both Protestants and Catholics alike. Protestants think that confession to another person isn’t a common…

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  • More Thoughts on Communion

    A few weeks ago, in response to my post on communion, a reader asked for more info on taking personal, daily communion. I recognize this is a practice not accepted by all streams of Christianity. Some believe that communion, or the Eucharist, can only be administered by an ordained member of the clergy. Early Church…

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  • My Anchor of Hope

    How’s your hope quotient? It’s no secret that we’ve come through one of the most challenging and turbulent years in my lifetime (and I’ve been around for a while!). We’ve lived through a toxic stew of a worldwide pandemic (complete with illness, death, shutdowns, and shut-ins), a venomous election (complete with alleged fraud and deceit),…

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  • Some New (To Me) Thoughts on Communion

    Do you ever feel that communion has become, well, routine? Boring? Just something to do once a month? And now, with so many churches closed, perhaps less than once a month? Since the world shut down in March, I’ve made a point of taking communion almost every day. Yes, I’m building a new habit, so…

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  • Is It Time to Pack Your Bags?

    As the Church has faced more opposition in the past few months, I’ve heard more “End Times” sermons than at any time in my Christian life. It seems that any time things get tough in the US, American Christians turn to the rapture as their great hope. They believe (and hope and pray) that we’ll…

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  • Kingdom Now! A New Bible Study for You

    Hey friends, I’m beyond excited to announce the forthcoming release of my new Bible study, Kingdom Now: Pursuing Unity in the Body of Christ to Change the World. If you’ve been asking what God is saying to the Church during this time, this study is for you. If you’re excited about advancing the Kingdom and…

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  • Blessing: God’s Call to the Church

    What is God Doing During the Pandemic? Since the shut down, various groups of my friends have been asking, “What is God doing?” “What is the new normal for the Church?” “How is He calling us to a higher place?” Earlier this week I posted The Bay Area Blessing and told of how I’ve been…

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  • Sing Blessing for the Nation

    The Bethel version of this song has become one of my favorites. I sing it almost every morning as a prayer over my family. We moved to Texas to build legacy with our family, and I call on God every day to bless my family to a thousand generations. When the churches in our home…

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