Church Moving from an Individualistic Faith to a Communal Faith

Moving from an Individualistic Faith to a Communal Faith

Repentance is primarily a process of changing how I think, adjusting both my assumptions and my mental and emotional processes in surrender to Jesus in order to better align with Jesus. In this season, I’m learning to think communally instead of individualistically. This is a very significant shift. My faith is intrinsically personal and individual. …

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Healthy Relationships Freedom From Blame and Control

Freedom From Blame and Control

I’m not okay and it’s your fault. This is the essence of Blame. It’s a posture of powerlessness in relationships. It’s the essence of a victim mentality in life circumstances. It doesn’t mean that other people can’t or won’t hurt you; they can and will. That’s very real. But blame surrenders power. Blame abandons self-management. …

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Holy Spirit A Fire Worth Catching

A Fire Worth Catching

Fire is both a tool and a danger. Fire can keep us safe and warm, and help us prepare food. Fire can also destroy us. In the Bible, fire represents divine judgment. Punitive? Yes, you can find that in the text, but it seems less of a divine punishment and more of a predictable consequence …

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Leadership Pastoring and Politics

Pastoring and Politics

I don’t know how to be political. And I don’t know how not to be. What a minefield as a spiritual leader! Saying something about political issues is, well, political. Saying nothing about political issues is too. Saying something about political issues will, inevitably, garner thanks and affirmation from those who agree with what I …

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Leadership The Moon and The Wind

The Moon and The Wind

As our earth hurdles through the universe on its elliptical orbit around the sun, spinning on its axis, with the moon dancing around and around, we humans discover that there is a great rhythm and predictability within creation.  Evening moves toward morning and back to evening again. The seasons come one by one in turn. Our …

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Leadership I repent. Again.

I repent. Again.

I love teaching and preaching. I felt a call to do this in the 7th grade and have pursued the development of this gift/call ever since. To say I enjoy it would be an understatement. Study and preparation energize me. Delivering a message thrills me. Seeing people have “aha!” moments, hearing the stories of growth …

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A Heresy of My Own A Heresy of My Own (Part 4) | Orthodoxy

A Heresy of My Own (Part 4) | Orthodoxy

“What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new”? It has been already in the ages before us.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9–10, ESV) As a wisdom book, Ecclesiastes …

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A Heresy of My Own A Heresy of My Own (Part 3) | The Good Guys

A Heresy of My Own (Part 3) | The Good Guys

When I was young, the amalgamation of faith and patriotism was unquestioned. We were Christians. We were Americans. To be a good Christian was to be a good patriot. To be a good patriot was to be a good Christian. The daily liturgy in our public school reinforced this reality: One nation, under God, indivisible, …

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A Heresy of My Own A Heresy of My Own (Part 2) | Is Jesus a Republican?

A Heresy of My Own (Part 2) | Is Jesus a Republican?

Is Jesus a Republican? I used to think he was. I remember when Jimmy Carter was President. The adults at the church I attended as a child seemed genuinely conflicted about this. Jimmy Carter claimed to be a born-again Christian, but how could this be so? Jimmy Carter was a Democrat and a supporter of …

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