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FAITH AND STOCK EXPLANATIONS…

  One of my biggest struggles with professional church life (or, as normal people call it, pastoring) was the temptation to always be a fixer.  It wasn’t an abnormal struggle; many of my friends who were in the pastoring sphere wrestled with the same tension. It was a scene that I witnessed countless times.  Trauma, […]

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A DOUBTER’S SERMON…

I get the doubt, and even the hesitation, in following Jesus. It all sounds a bit far-fetched.  A God who exists somewhere else, breathing life into nothing to create everything.  A creation with a mind of her own turning her back and walking away.  A broken-hearted God pursuing rescue for the world that left Him […]

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ON FEAR BARKING FROM OUR PULPITS…

Not too long ago, I listened to a preacher condemn my generation for wanting more out of life and expecting more out of church.  In a single sermon, he flippantly dismissed our dreams and rebuked our desires to see the church creatively affect our culture. Surprisingly it was not the first time that I’d heard […]

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BECAUSE I AM NOT AN EXPERT…

I sat down tonight to write a post about hurricanes, halloween, and abusive fundamentalism. But, that isn’t going to happen.  It seems too opportune, too gimmicky, too forced.  Those of you who are writers will understand;  sometimes you have to allow the writing take its’ own course, rather than appealing to a demographic or subject […]

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THE REAL LIFE CHURCH THAT MEETS IN A BAR…

Yesterday, I wrote this post (Jack, Daniele, and the Day the Church Went to the Bar…) inspired by the true story of a real church that chooses to hold it’s worship services in a bar.  The church is known as Ethos, and meets at the Mercy Lounge (formerly the Cannery Ballroom) in downtown Nashville.  The […]

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