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3 Lessons from Papa Bill
March 18, 2017
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3 Lessons from Papa Bill
I loved my Papa Bill. This week, after 86 years of life, his body gave way to the entropy of time. When I found out the end was near I got in my car and drove to Florida from Boston. Normally I don’t make that trip by car, but having just been hit with a […]
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Of Discipleship and Destiny
December 3, 2016
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Of Discipleship and Destiny
It was a fresh, autumn day. “Fresh” is that euphemism that Scots use to describe utterly terrible, grey, rainy weather that most other places in the world would deride. Call it a coping mechanism. Anyway, it was fresh with a bit of sun that day. I just moved to Edinburgh with my wife, our three-month-old daughter, […]
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3 Reasons We Must Fight for Joy in God
August 3, 2016
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3 Reasons We Must Fight for Joy in God
“To the world, the dejected Christian seems to accuse God and His service, as if he openly called Him a rigorous, hard, unacceptable Master, and His work a sad unpleasant thing… You are born and new born for God’s honor; and will you thus dishonor Him before the world?”   Richard Baxter, 1830. I’m going to […]
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4 Ways Rest is Resistance
June 20, 2016
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4 Ways Rest is Resistance
“I’ve got 10 lonely seconds to justify my whole existence.” That’s what Harold Abrahams famously stated in the movie Chariots of Fire. He ran, chasing his worth. We’re just like him, I’m afraid. So much of our doing — heck, of my doing — is a chasing. But in the gospel we find an invitation to […]
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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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3 Ways To Be A Good Son
April 21, 2016
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3 Ways To Be A Good Son
I’m learning how to be a good son. Family is for me — like many of my generation — a difficult idea. All my parents have had rough marriages, and walked through circumstances that have been extremely challenging. The wrong way to respond to all of this was the way I responded for many years. For […]
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The Wonder of Weakness
April 2, 2016
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The Wonder of Weakness
Like you, I feel constant pressure to look better, stronger, and more successful than I actually am. The world likes the strong. We root for them. We pay them millions to be stronger than others. God, however, seems to be drawn to the weak. “Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand; forget not […]
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5 #TrueFacts About Faith
March 24, 2016
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5 #TrueFacts About Faith
Here are five #TrueFacts about faith: Faith is not a Feeling Western peoples have never fully recovered from Romanticism. We lean way to heavily on how we feel at any given moment. This is probably why so much of our church experiences these days are designed to evoke or promote certain feelings. But, faith is not a feeling. […]
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Swinging the Hammer with Dad
February 29, 2016
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Swinging the Hammer with Dad
My father is a general contractor. As a kid, I remember riding around with him to and from his different job sites, watching him coordinate the goings-on of the various sub-contractors. I also remember building stuff with him — decks, benches, roofs — all kinds of things. These are some of my most treasured memories. […]
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The Instructive Power of Anxiety
February 19, 2016
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The Instructive Power of Anxiety
Anxiety is the emotion of unbelief.  That’s what my friend Greg Mitchell likes to say. The more I’ve lived and thought about it, the more true I’ve found it. I don’t know about you but I feel anxious regularly, about all kinds of things. Recently, I received some ministry-related news that gave me anxiety. It […]