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5 Ways to Help Refugees Right Now
January 30, 2017
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5 Ways to Help Refugees Right Now
There’s a lot of chatter on social media about President Trump’s executive action. So, in an effort to turn passion into Kingdom action, I humbly submit for your consideration five steps we can take right now to be helpful toward this cause: Donate A lot of great, godly charities are funneling money and resources to […]
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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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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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3 Trust Issues We All Have
May 26, 2016
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3 Trust Issues We All Have
Trust is a sticky issue for most of us. In bygone days, we weren’t constantly bombarded with story after story of human untrustworthiness. But today our feeds are filled with clickbait-laden stories of how everyone is really quite untrustworthy. Small wonder, then, that when it comes to trusting God or anyone else, we struggle. Romans […]
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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it quickly, it sounds like the first line of evidence in the argument for the case that the Bible is really just an outdated, mostly useless book.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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3 Meanings of the Bloody Cross
March 25, 2016
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3 Meanings of the Bloody Cross
The cross of Jesus Christ is central to the Christian story. This one act — the death of the Son of God — carries with it unfathomable significance. But, like a diamond with innumerable facets, there are a few sides to the cross of Christ which are so great that it is only through them […]
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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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What is (Not) God’s Love?
March 14, 2016
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What is (Not) God’s Love?
God loves you. This is true, good, right, llnd beautiful. But, it’s not a rug under which we can sweep all our unrepentant sin, willful disobedience, and excuse-laden, self-aggrandizing determination to do what we want. God loves us, and His love for us is different that we may think. How God (Doesn’t) Love Us In […]
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Trinitarian Politics and Trending Totalitarianism
March 4, 2016
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Trinitarian Politics and Trending Totalitarianism
As a pastor, a Christian, and an American, I’m feeling increasingly alienated from my country’s political process. I’m probably not the only one. It may not surprise you that a pastor isn’t happy with politics. But what may surprise you is why. It’s not because I’m a shill for the Republican or Democratic parties. Neither is my […]
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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. […]