The Word of the Lord

We are almost halfway through our study of 1 Corinthians. We have wrestled with challenging topics, like church discipline and sexual ethics. We have grappled with how to live as cruciform Christians, and not cultural Corinthians. All of us have immersed ourselves in...

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Singing the Psalms of our Fathers & Mothers

The hymnal of the early Church was the book of Psalms. These were the songs that were sung by the David as he tended his father’s sheep. These were the songs sung by the Jews as they went into battle. These were the songs the Jews sang as they made pilgrimage to God’s...

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A Book for our Time, Place, & Culture

One of the most transformative experiences I have ever had was reading through the New Testament while I was deciding whether or not to become a believing Christian. The Word of God is powerful. It transforms us. It transformed me from being someone who did not...

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Imagining Miracles

This Sunday’s readings are filled with miraculous events: Elijah is assumed into heaven after parting the Jordan river, the psalmist writes of God’s presence turning the rock to a pool of water, and Jesus walks on top of a lake to his disciples’ boat. Since the...

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Camp Re-Creation from Generation to Generation

As I write this, we are halfway through our Camp Araminta experience. For those who don’t know, Camp Araminta is our diocesan camp for rising 4th– 10th graders. This week Megan and I have been leading one of the disciple groups for 7th & 8th graders and leading...

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Righteous Wrath

It is not as if God patiently loves us as long as he can bear it and then finally once we have gone one step too far he explodes in a wrathful mood swing. Divine wrath, love, and mercy all work together.

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Growth In the Fallow, Not the Shallow

A little over a week ago, I planted some seeds with my kids. They were just simple zinnias (bright, colorful flowers) in the two pots by our front door. Because of our regular afternoon rainstorms, we haven’t had to water them. We stuck the seeds in the soil and then...

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Who is the Holy Spirit?

If there is one person of the Trinity who gets neglected in the Church, it would have to be the Holy Spirit. We pray to God our Father in the name of Jesus Christ. We study the life of Jesus and use the term ‘God’ as shorthand to refer to God the Father. But when do...

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