On Saying “No” to Famous Rockstars

I speak for many pastors who would, like me, declare that the life and writing of Eugene Peterson was and still is of profound impact. In light of his passing not long ago, I thought it would be fun to share this reflection about my own favorite “Eugene story.” It involves Bono…so, what more do […]

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How Beautiful People Happen

Those who are familiar with the church I serve know that people with disabilities and special needs are an important, even central, part of our community. Recently, we held our annual “Very Special Bible School” for our friends with special needs and their siblings — a true highlight with over two hundred volunteers serving over […]

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Make Christianity Beautiful Again

These days, the name “Christian” seems to evoke as many negative reactions as it does positive ones. This bothers me. Does it bother you? Critics might summarize their feelings about Christians as Gandhi did when he allegedly said, “I like your Christ, but I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your […]

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The Skeleton of Our Faith (In Praise of Doctrine)

The Type-A in me struggles to believe this wonderful statement from a pastor friend of mine, “God does not love you to the degree that you are like Jesus. Rather, God loves you to the degree that you are in Jesus. And that’s 100 percent.” The famous story of Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42) is […]

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