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The Tale of Two Gospels…

It stole the stage every Sunday for as along as I can remember. Didn’t matter much what the sermon was about, it would always twist itself into the conversation. To say it was a conversation is a bit misleading, for there wasn’t much dialogue that I can remember. It was more like a good old […]

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On Culture Wars, Revolution, and Palm Sunday…

  They were a people who felt like strangers in their own country. They were the underdogs – some would say the antagonists – in their culture wars. They lived in a society that had brazenly kicked God to the curb; a culture accepting of things that were unfit to talk about at the dinner […]

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A Kingdom Within a Crowd (a #newstory about God)…

To know them was no remarkable thing. They weren’t renegades nor were they rebels – no, the fight had long died from their hearts. Men with little status and women with hushed voices, they were the ones bidding their time in the margins. Tax payers with blue collars.  Those with mortgages in foreclosure.  Part-timers. Disability […]

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Why We Need New Stories About God…

In the beginning… And thus begins the story of humanity with three small words, setting into motion a story that unfolds like no other – stories of kings and their kingdoms, heavens and hells, catastrophic events and raucous celebrations, even spiritual beasts and mere men. Oh, and a God who becomes one of us. As […]

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On Hell (The Post I’m Afraid To Write)…

The Gospel is filled with hell. You can’t deny it. You can’t wiggle out of it. As much as we try – and as much as I want to hide it - it’s right there, bold and undeniable, frequently placed throughout the Gospel pages. Jesus talked about it more than any other author in the Scriptures. You […]

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A Tone Deaf Sermon Hidden in a Moment…

I needed this morning. Desperately. The band cut away, leaving only the naked beat of a kick drum and clapping hands. There was undeniable energy in the room – the kind of energy that swells and builds and feels like freedom. The worship leader, slinging his guitar to his back, charged the mic with both […]

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