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The Devil is Real. The Bible is True. The Work Remains.
February 20, 2017
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The Devil is Real. The Bible is True. The Work Remains.
Yesterday was one of those days. One of those days you’re startlingly reminded that God has a real enemy, and he hates you. I arrived to church yesterday and, for no reason at all, my back went out. I could hardly stand. On the way into the building, my daughter was nearly run over by someone […]
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7 Things Christians Must Not Do After the Election
November 9, 2016
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7 Things Christians Must Not Do After the Election
My fellow Christian Americans, Last night, Donald Trump won the election and will become the 45th President of The United States of America. This mourning — I mean, morning — I saw a lot of sad, angry, rude, happy, anxious, fearful posts and faces. I was disappointed months ago when the nominating process was over because […]
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5 Axioms Shaping My Leadership Right Now
September 13, 2016
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5 Axioms Shaping My Leadership Right Now
Leadership is a gift and a skill. I read a good number of books on leadership, some more helpful than others. But I find that Proverbs-style, pithy, and portable phrases are helpful to me. Like actual proverbs, you can chew on them. So, here are five (mostly unoriginal, yet totally helpful) axioms that are shaping […]
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3 Reasons to Try Silence
September 1, 2016
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I didn’t write during the month of August. There’s a reason for this. I felt it important to be quiet. Quietude is not a strength of mine. I mean, I’m a preacher. And, I’m an extroverted preacher, at that. I like people, and I like talking to people. My mom says I could engage a […]
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Can a Christian Be Patriotic?
July 4, 2016
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Can a Christian Be Patriotic?
I remember the little church we would frequent had two flags: one American, one Christian. One Fourth of July weekend, I clearly remember singing the National Anthem and the Battle Hymn of the Republic. Church and State were partners in those days, and the patriotism seemed to go hand-in-hand with Christianity. And, in many churches […]
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7 Things We Christians Simply Must Stop Saying
June 23, 2016
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7 Things We Christians Simply Must Stop Saying
I like words. I also like philosophy — logic, particularly. My twin affinities have caused my to head throb over some of what passes for Christian lingo. So, in order to alleviate my headache and help my brethren and sisteren (?) clean up their language, I humbly offer this exhaustive list of things Christians need […]
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How to Read a Difficult Text
May 24, 2016
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How to Read a Difficult Text
This past Sunday I preached 1 Peter 3:1-8. It’s not an easy text to hear for modern, Western peoples. In fact, if you read it quickly, it sounds like the first line of evidence in the argument for the case that the Bible is really just an outdated, mostly useless book. Most of us read […]
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The Gospel for the Relationally Exhausted
May 9, 2016
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The Gospel for the Relationally Exhausted
It’s Springtime in Boston, and that means one thing — exodus. This time each year, around 200,000 students begin to trickle out of the city, many of them never to return, as they enter the real world of employment (hopefully). Others leave the city because of the nature of the place itself. People come here […]
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A Monday Missional Mind-Dump
April 11, 2016
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A Monday Missional Mind-Dump
Yesterday was an awesome day at church. For the first time, we baptized people in all four of our weekend gatherings. That’s a pretty big milestone for us. All of this cool stuff has my head spinning, and pumped for the mission of God in the Earth. So, here’s my Monday Missional Mind-Dump: God is on an […]
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Sunday Wrap: Money
April 4, 2016
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Sunday Wrap: Money
Yesterday I preached on everyone’s favorite topic — money. Here’s my random smattering of observations regarding that super-fun topic to preach about: The generosity of God in Jesus Christ means responsibility and generosity in this life. God has been crazy generous to his people. He, the wealthiest conceivable being, took responsibility for a problem that was not […]